"We believe that all patients, healthcare providers, and healthcare institutions are entitled to benefit from I.V. Therapy of the highest quality. Because I.V. Therapy is always best delivered by a knowledgeable and highly skilled professional, it is our goal to promote quality I.V. practice in the acute and alternative healthcare settings, through professional continuing education opportunities."

Kay Coulter, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC

I.V. Certification: A Confusing Term

The word "certification" is used a lot in health care; but not always in the right context.  Many nurses choose to get certified in a particular specialty field (i.e CCU, I.V. Therapy, Oncology, etc.) for which they are required to sit for a national exam.  These certifications are offered through a national professional organization such as the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN); the Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation (INCC); the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) or the Vascular Access Certification Corporation (VACC).

We receive many phone calls from individuals who wish to become "I.V. Certified" and there are many websites that claim to offer "I.V. Certification".  Though, a "true" I.V. Certification is achieved only by sitting for a national exam; and include the Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI) administered by the INCC (for RN's); and the Vascular Access Board Certified (VA-BC) administered by the VACC (for RN's, LPN's and other healthcare professionals).

With that said, what about an RN/LPN who are told they need to be I.V. Certified; do they need to sit for a national exam?  The answer is, usually no; though some positions may require a certification.  You will need to check with your individual institution to find out their specific requirements. 

If you are not required to obtain an actual (national) certification, then you will need to resource a continuing education program (that meets your individual State Board of Nursing requirement) for I.V. Therapy education.  For example, LPN's in the State of Florida must have 30 hours of post graduate I.V. therapy education; and LPN's in the State of Tennessee must have 40 hours.  Some States do not have a specific requirement; and then it will come down to your individual institution's Policy and Procedures for I.V. therapy practice.

The Infusion Knowledge I.V. Therapy Education Program meets the 30-hour I.V. therapy education rule set forth by the Florida Board of Nursing for LPN's practicing I.V. Therapy in the State of Florida.  It also meets the need for any Florida RN who wishes to gain a comprehensive basic knowledge of I.V. Therapy practice; and potentially any RN/LPN/LVN from another State that requires 30 hours or less of I.V. therapy education.

Why should I obtain an "I.V. Certification" instead of the many other nursing certifications that exist?  Because 90-95% of all hospital patients will receive some type of infusion therapy, we feel the most important certification for any nurse (in any setting) to achieve would be "I.V. Certification".

 

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