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Name: Intravenous Therapy Nurse
Description: Initiate, monitors, and terminates therapies including medications, antineoplastic agents, investigational drugs, blood products, and parenteral nutrition. Performs venous and arterial punctures, maintain the intravascular site including tubing and dressings, monitor for infections, initiate emergency therapies, assess patients for adverse reactions and complications, and document all patient-directed activities
Diagnoses: Wide range of problems
Practice roles: Staff nurse, clinical nurse, specialist, nurse manager
Characteristics: Role autonomy and independence, patient care and relationships, teamwork, patient teaching, innovative thinking, technical mastery
Client age group: All ages
Drawbacks: Irregular schedules including 24-hour and on-call, bureaucracy, stress, pressure, excessive paperwork, policies
Desirable skills: Medical-surgical experience including IV, phlebotomy, and venous access; independence and flexibility
Education: RN with AD, Diploma, or BSN
Employers: Hospitals, home health agencies, physician offices
Intravenous Nurses Certification Corporation
Two Brighton St. #200
Belmont, MA 02178
Intravenous Nurses Society
220 Norwood Park South
Norwood, MA 02062
Journal of Intravenous Nursing
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