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What Makes IV Certification for LPNs and LVNs so Complicated

I receive phone calls every week asking if our online IV education courses will work for IV “certification”. Before I can answer that question- I need a lot of information. I first must determine if they are an LPN or LVN, seeking the requirements of their state board to practice IV therapy in that state. Most state boards require LVN’s and LPN’s to have post licensure education in infusion therapy principles to administer any type of intravenous therapies. Some states are very specific and spell out exactly what is required, down to the exact curriculum to be taught and then there are states that are very vague on the requirements. We must determine exactly their state board says in regards to LVN/LPN’s and the administration of IV therapies by reading the states scope of practice, nurse practice acts, board recommendations, or position statements. It is this wide variance of practice allowances and requirements between states that often confuse nurses.

It is at times like finding a needle in a haystack to locate where on their state board of nursing website this particular information is found. Pedagogy has compiled a list of links for all state boards on our website under “Resources”, then State Boards of Nursing. When possible we have included a link to each state board, then a link to exactly where we have located the information provided by the board on LPN/LVN’s and the practice of I.V. Therapy. Please know that often the states change webpage locations and it is frequently necessary to update links and pages. If you find a broken link please help us out and report it so we may repost the correct links for your state.

From each state page we have complied as much information as we can about what is required by your state board. For many states the course is required to be approved by the state board, they may specify that the course be of a certain length; some states do not set course length requirements, other state mandate 30 and 40 hours. For the states that mandate BON approval, these state often spell out exactly what must be in the course curriculum. 

Many state boards spell out exactly what IV related functions the LPN can perform and others set few limitations. Therefore it is very vital that each LPN/LVN read exactly what their state board dictates. Please do not accept another nurse’s word on the matter, actually view the scope of practice or rules for yourself. It could be that your license depends on it. I even post on our website, don’t take my word on the matter, ALWAYS go back to your state board to verify what we have listed. Remember state board’s frequently update rules and regulations, standards and even scope of practice. 

You may also find a compiled list of requirements in our Infusion Resources area. 

Once we have determined exactly what your board requires, I can then usually answer if our online education will be acceptable for your state board.

For more information on LPN/LVN IV certification you may want to read Making Sense of IV “Certification” for LPNs/LVNs

For additional information on RN IV Certification you may want to read Making Sense of IV “Certification” for RN’s

Pedagogy blog written by Capra Dalton, RN. Capra Dalton is our CEO and author of Pedagogy online continuing education courses.

Capra Dalton, Registered Nurse, has more than 26 years of experience in infusion therapy and the instruction of licensed nurses in infusion therapy continuing education. Her experience comes from multiple infusion settings: acute care, ambulatory infusion centers, home infusion, long term care continuing education provider, and long term care pharmacy quality assurance consultant.

As the CEO, Capra is responsible for all operational aspects of Pedagogy, including education course content, author recruitment, and management. She is a member of the Infusion Nurses Society (INS), the National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Services (NAPNES), and the Council of Practical Nurse Educators (COPNE), and presented at a recent Texas Health Care Association convention on “Nurses Meeting the Changing Needs of LTC Residents - IV’s and PICC Lines.” Capra received her nursing education from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

Capra has an avid interest in holistic healing, nutrition, herbs, and alternative therapies for the treatment of disease in humans as well as animals. She and her husband, Patrick, live near Tyler, Texas, with their two teenage daughters, three dogs, and a cat on a ranch complete with horses, chickens, vineyard, orchards, and a 4,000 square foot organic garden.
Posted: 11/18/2013 9:00:00 PM
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