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Intravenous Training and Certification Options for Nurses

Nurses and other medical personnel use intravenous (IV) therapy as a method of injecting liquid medication directly into a patient's bloodstream. Several schools offer short certificate programs such as the IV Therapy for Licensed Practical Nurses.

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Essential Information

Programs in intravenous training are designed for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) interested in gaining IV therapy training. They may be offered by many colleges and technical schools. Graduates may earn a certificate of completion after successfully executing all requirements. This in turn may lead to certification in IV therapy; however, each state has its own certification requirements. Additional licensing or credentialing may be necessary. Those who continue on to become registered nurses might also pursue IV certification. To qualify for admission, students should have LPN licensure, CPR certification, and liability insurance. Programs generally can be completed by attending one to three classes or workshops over the span of a week and involve hands-on skills training through practicums.


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Intravenous Training for Nurses

Coursework in an IV therapy certificate program covers circulatory system education as well as practical methods of administering and initiating intravenous therapy. Students may participate in simulated practica or be exposed to actual clinical practice. Some specific topics may include:

  • Intravenous pharmacology
  • Infection management and prevention
  • Medication dosages and measurements
  • IV equipment and supplies
  • Multiple IV site options
  • Administration and monitoring of IV therapy

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) hospitals, nursing care facilities and other clinical centers employed more than 697,250 licensed practical and vocational nurses in May 2015. These professionals earned a median annual salary of $43,170. The BLS reported that those earning the highest wages were employed by insurance carriers. Due to an increase in aging patients requiring health care and medical attention, demand for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was projected to increase 16%, faster than average for all occupations, between 2014 and 2024.

Continuing Education and Certification

Each state has its own certification requirements for nurses and medical personnel to practice IV therapy. Nursing licensure may simply be updated to reflect IV therapy authorization, or trained LPNs may require additional testing or credentialing. To gain additional proficiency in intravenous therapy, LPNs may continue their nursing education to become a registered nurse and earn a professional designation, such as a Certified Registered Nurse Intravenous certification.

For nurses looking to further their education and expand their skill sets, pursuing courses in intravenous training may be a wise idea, especially if they then pursue official state certification.

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