Intravenous Therapy Nursing

What You Need to Know About Intravenous Therapy Nursing

Intravenous therapy nurses (or IV nurses, also called infusion nurses) administer fluids, medication, blood or other solutions through injections into patients’ veins. These nurses are responsible for initiating an IV with minimal discomfort for the patient as well as maintaining the tubing and dressings. Intravenous therapy nurses must be able to recognize potential drug interactions and complications, meaning they must have some knowledge of pharmacology and infection control. They also need to be familiar with the technology necessary to administer IVs and be able to support the physical and emotional needs of their patients.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR ASN OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • GAIN 1,600 HOURS OF EXPERIENCE WITH IV THERAPY
  • EARN YOUR CRNI CERTIFICATION

$65,000 - $110,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Performing venous and arterial punctures to initiate an IV
  • Administering and monitoring various therapies delivered through the IV
  • Maintaining the intravascular site
  • Monitoring the site for infection and the patient for adverse reactions
  • Initiating emergency therapies as needed

 

Education Requirements

ASN or BSN (MSN a plus)

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Home health agencies
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Long-term care centers
  • Outpatient facilities

Certification

RN, Certified Registered Nurse Infusionist (CRNI)