SUMMARY:

An Infusion, or IV Therapy Nurse, is a Registered Nurse who specializes in the practice of infusion therapy. The infusion nurse’s primary focus is patient safety demonstrated through the comprehensive management of all patient infusion needs such as monitoring patients and staying aware of potential adverse reactions/drug complications.

Infusion nurses specialize in giving IV medications including:

  • Antibiotics / antivirals

  • Blood and blood products

  • Immunoglobulin therapy

  • Monoclonal antibodies

  • Pain management

  • Chemotherapy

  • Nutritional supplements

  • Electrolytes / vitamins / hydration

  • Steroid therapy

  • Other specialized therapies

Examples of illnesses that may need to be treated with Infusion Therapy:

  • Serious Infections

  • Cancer

  • Dehydration

  • Gastrointestinal diseases / disorders

  • Congestive heart failure

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Hemophilia

  • Immune deficiencies

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Lupus

  • And more

Infusion nurses can work in a variety of areas:

  • Hospitals

  • Ambulatory infusion centers

  • Oncology facilities

  • Outpatient surgical centers

  • Skilled nursing facilities

  • Long term care facilities

  • Outpatient pharmacies

  • Private Practices

  • Medical Day Spa

  • Governmental clinics and hospitals

  • International medical relief organizations

  • Home health care agencies

DUTIES MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Performing blood transfusions, chemotherapy infusions, antibiotic infusions, steroid infusions, electrolyte infusions, and vitamin infusions

  • Administering medications and fluid therapy, monitor patients IV and medications and develop care plans

  • Inserting and maintaining Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC)

  • Teaching intravenous access and PICC insertion

  • Inserting intravenous access

  • Dressing changes on PICCs, midlines, and central lines

  • Monitoring a patient’s response to treatment

  • Assessing line sites and patency

  • Keeping infection control and prevention as a priority

  • Reviewing pertinent lab values and drug information

  • Collaborating with other healthcare professions

  • Educating patients, families, and caregivers

  • Performing patient care in a timely and efficient manner

  • Performing patient assessments

  • Coordinating the discontinuation of IV services with patients

** https://nurse.org/articles/infusion-nurse-special-care/

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • 8+ months of recent work experience as an Infusion RN - or - other bedside RN experience with extensive IV therapy skills

  • Strong IV insertion skills

  • Current BLS certification is required - ACLS may be required per facility/job

  • Current TB Screening

  • Active/Unencumbered State Nursing license

  • Valid Photo Identification or Driver's License

  • Successful completion of a Background Check and Medely's screening process

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