What are the prerequisites for LPN IV Certification?


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A minimum of 20 continuing education credits directly related to the certification completed no more than 24 months prior and a current licensed practical nurse licensure status are prerequisites for intravenous therapy certification for LPNs. Prerequisites vary from state to state and according to who certifies the LPN.

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Current standards of practice for basic peripheral IV therapy in adults, continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion for the school nurse, legalities of infusion therapy, preventing air embolisms and essentials for safe practice of IV therapy are examples of continuing education courses, or CEs, an LPN might encounter when fulfilling requirements for IV certification.

Some state nursing boards require LPNs to take CEs every two or more years to keep their IV certifications current. CEs are available at special online schools or state nursing associations. In some states, such as North Dakota, an LPN must complete CEs in a board-approved education program.

Some employers and state nursing associations offer LPN IV certification packages that include pre-study curriculum and in-classroom training. The curriculum typically covers a series of related topics, such as blood and plasma, electrolytes, total parental nutrition therapy, patient assessment and infection control. Packages culminate with certification and require approximately two days to complete.

An IV therapy certification does not guarantee that an LPN may conduct IV therapy in any setting. State nursing boards impose additional standards that dictate where an LPN certified in IV therapy may work, such as in home settings but not in hospitals.

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