An intravenous therapy nurse, also known as an infusion nurse, administers IV therapy or liquid substances into the bloodstreams of patients. These substances may include medications, fluids, or supplemental nutrients. Intravenous therapy is medically known as specialty pharmaceuticals.
IV therapy nurses administer the therapy, monitor the patient during delivery, and check the skin opening surrounding the needle for any sign of infection. They also educate the patient about the purpose of the IV therapy and instruct him about the rules he must follow during the treatment in order to keep it safe and effective. The IV therapy nurse must make any adjustments in order to ensure that the physician’s target is met. Any improvement, decline, or reaction, including allergic reactions, must be noted and recorded and the doctor must be informed. As needed, the IV therapy nurse must move the intravenous needle from time to time and ensure that it does not become dislodged from the vein. The IV therapy nurse must also educate other nurses involved in the case about the infusion therapy. Finally, it is the IV therapy nurse’s job to order all of the equipment, including catheters, pumps, and IV lines, to be used for the therapy.
Intravenous therapy nurses may work in hospitals of course, but there are other options open to them. They may choose to teach at nursing college or work as an IV therapy consultant nurse or home care IV therapy nurse.
Registered nurses who are interested in this RN job must obtain certification from the Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation as a Certified Registered Nurse, Intravenous (CRNI). Intravenous therapy nurses earn about $52,000 per year, although they can earn much more if they advance in their careers and become head intravenous therapy nurses.