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Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Overheard in class:

"Why can't I do IV pushes as an RN?"

"You can, you just need the certification. It's a short inservice."

"Well, what's the point of being an RN if I have to get certified after?"


This was one of the students who was profoundly baffled by the concept of IV infusion.

I hate to break it to her but if she resists ANY competency training beyond the basic BScN she's going to find her career path pretty, uh, nonexistent.

I find it interesting how I've moved beyond focusing on specific skills of care and started "big picturing" a LOT more. Is that by design? Is this a Third Year goal? Or am I just so annoyed with how small-minded some of my classmates seem that I am focused on the overall concept of nursing to give myself strength to make it through another round of microcosmical questions?

Or maybe I'm just going about this all wrong.


Raspberry Stethoscope said...

I don't get it---so as an RN in Canada, you can't push IV drugs? Who pushes it then??

AtYourCervix said...

Oh by. Facepalm is right. She is going to be in for a rude awakening when she discovers the plethora of things you need to do to continue practicing as an RN in a hospital setting.

undergrad RN said...

Alberta employers require IVP certification before RNs can give it. It's an inservice of some kind. But yeah, it just boggled my mind that people seem to think we'll graduate and be able to step in and do anything, or that 4 measly years of school could possibly give us all the skills we eventually need for practice.

As a new grad we can maintain existing IV and give infusion boluses and basically anything to do with the pump is fair game.

There's actually a bit of controversy as my program "may or may not" be teaching us venipuncture, because you have to be certified for that also. That kind of scares me. I'd much rather learn in the classroom without the kind of pressure you have in learning on the job. I'd be cool with just learning how to do it while in school (and practicing) and then getting the full cert when I am hired somewhere!

Raspberry Stethoscope said...

That sounds kind of like how it for LPNs in the states. They cannot push IV meds without certification. But RNs in the US are allowed to do all IV stuff. It's just part of the package, i guess.

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