LVN who needs IV-therapy class

  1. I'm an LVN in the Dallas-Fort Worth area who needs to find an IV therapy class with the hopes of becoming IV-certified. Any information would be greatly appreciated by me. Thanks in advance if anyone is nice enough to reply.
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  3. by   bcskittlez
    Do they not teach IV therapy in LVN/LPN nursing school. I was curious since im probably about to attend in January.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    IV therapy class is not included in the regular curriculum for LVN school. You have to pay separately for a class if you are an LVN and your goal is to become IV-certified.

    RNs, however, learn IV therapy during the course of their schooling. Therefore, they do not need IV certification classes upon graduation since their licenses already permit them to engage in IV therapy.
  5. by   bcskittlez
    OK then, what exactly does an LVN do at a LTC facility? What are the job duties?
  6. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Skittlez
    OK then, what exactly does an LVN do at a LTC facility? What are the job duties?
    At my workplace I pass medications, dress wounds, administer respiratory updrafts, give PEG tube feedings, perform simple treatments, obtain vital signs, catheterize people, give enemas and suppositories, manually disimpact obstipated patients, report lab values, obatin new orders, complete incident reports, do neurological assessments, fill out resident data sheets, do skin assessments, complete monthly summaries, chart on antibiotics, report changes in condition to the doctor, and supervise the CNAs. LVNs who are IV-certified are permitted to engage in IV therapy. There's more, but I can't think of anything else yet.
  7. by   TheCommuter
    By the way, I'd still love to find an IV therapy class in or around DFW, Texas. If anyone has information, please let me know.
  8. by   charebec65
    did you do a google search? I did one on intravenous therapy training dallas and found the following (among other sites): https://www.medtexx.com/wregister.asp

    They have it in DFW area in November..... Best to check with your BON to make sure it is appropriate.... Good luck!!!
  9. by   RedHeadNurse2B
    I'm an LVN who took IV therapy in school, does that not make me IV certified?
  10. by   charebec65
    Quote from RedHeadNurse2B
    I'm an LVN who took IV therapy in school, does that not make me IV certified?
    I would check with your state BON to make sure. Here in OH they used to do the IV therapy with the rest of the PN program but now you have to be a LPN before you can take the course. Also, here in OH, your license delineates whether or not you can pass meds and whether or not you are IV certified...
  11. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from charebec65
    did you do a google search? I did one on intravenous therapy training dallas and found the following (among other sites): https://www.medtexx.com/wregister.asp

    They have it in DFW area in November..... Best to check with your BON to make sure it is appropriate.... Good luck!!!
    Actually, I did do a google search for IV therapy classes prior to starting this thread. Thank you for the information.
  12. by   charebec65
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Actually, I did do a google search for IV therapy classes prior to starting this thread. Thank you for the information.
    Ohio's thing now is to make you wait until you are licensed to take IV therapy class. They set up our IV class in October to give us all a chance to take and pass it.
  13. by   txspadequeenRN
    Who is your house pharmacy? If it is APS they have a IV cert class but your job has to sponser you. JPS has a IV class but it is quite expensive also huguley has one and I think that one is more reasonable. I took mine at APS about 3 years ago . Two days nothing big and it was over. Someone else ask if you had a IV class in LVN school doesnt that mean you are certified. Not unless they give you the certification paper. You can tell your employers you are certified all day but unless you can produce the paper they dont consider it. Every LVN I know has had to go throughthe class.



    Quote from TheCommuter
    I'm an LVN in the Dallas-Fort Worth area who needs to find an IV therapy class with the hopes of becoming IV-certified. Any information would be greatly appreciated by me. Thanks in advance if anyone is nice enough to reply.
  14. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    Who is your house pharmacy? If it is APS they have a IV cert class but your job has to sponser you. JPS has a IV class but it is quite expensive also huguley has one and I think that one is more reasonable. I took mine at APS about 3 years ago . Two days nothing big and it was over. Someone else ask if you had a IV class in LVN school doesnt that mean you are certified. Not unless they give you the certification paper. You can tell your employers you are certified all day but unless you can produce the paper they dont consider it. Every LVN I know has had to go throughthe class.
    Our house pharmacy is APS. My job has offered to sponsor me three times within the last few months, but they continue to cancel the class the day before it is scheduled to take place.

    Thanks for this info so much!

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