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Friday September 7, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I have completed my LPN program and am waiting to take my boards. I am searching for an IV therapy course to take. Do you have any suggestions as to where I should look, and how I can tell if a program is recognized in my state?

Wants to be Certified

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Wants to be Certified,

IV certification courses outside of a hospital (where they usually are just for employees) are getting harder and harder to find. You don't mention where you live, but I am happy to tell you that Nurse.com is offering a course in New Jersey (near New York City and Philadelphia). Find out more at http://nursing-ce-iv-nov12-2012-nj.eventbrite.com.

If you are not in that area and cannot travel, contact your statechapter of the American Nurses Association (www.nursingworld.org), whether or not you’re a member or your local chapter of the Infusion Nurses Society(www.ins1.org) to inquire about courses.

To find out whether a program is recognized in your state, you can contact the organization offering the certification. For the Nurse.com course, you can call the Continuing Education department at 800-866-0919. For other courses, you would have to contact the entity (school, board of nursing, employer) that requires it.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.