WHAT DO INFUSION NURSES DO?
Infusion nurses' jobs are often done in vein. They are registered nurses who specialize in giving medicine and fluids to patients through injection. They monitor fluid tubes, check infusions and make sure that medications implemented are not counteracting each other or causing a patient harm.
Infusion nurses work in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and other agencies, and work directly with patients. A steady hand is needed, and knowledge of veins and arteries is especially necessary for this job.
HOW MUCH DO INFUSION NURSES MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), registered nurses made a median hourly income of $31.10, or $64,690 a year.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Infusion nurses must have one of the following: a bachelor's of science in nursing, an associate's degree in nursing, or have graduated from an accredited and approved nursing program.
In addition, licensure is required, and may be obtained from graduating an approved nursing program and passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Depending on the state, there may be other requirements. To become an infusion nurse, registered nurses must pass their certified registered nurse infusion exam.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Critical-Thinking Skills: Infusion nurses will need to assess a patient's health, as well as detect changes in symptoms, health or pain, and will need to know when action is necessary.
- Compassion: Nurses help people. You will need to be sympathetic to a patient's needs, and be able to deal with people in various states of pain, trauma and tragedy.
- Attention to Detail: Infusion nurses administer medicines and work with specific treatments that, if wrong could prove fatal. Attention to detail is crucial.
- Organizational Skills: Infusion nurses will face multiple patients, with differing needs, stages of health and risks. Being organized and knowing how to prioritize will be helpful.
- Calm Under Pressure: Infusion nurses might face emergency, life-or-death situations. Being able to function in the heat of emergency will be necessary.
- Patience: Giving care under stressful circumstances requires patience.
- Communication Skills: You will be communicating directly with patients who are scared, in pain or in shock. Families will have questions and want answers. You will need to be a patient listener and good communicator to help keep everyone calm and help them understand the situation.
CAREER PATHS FOR INFUSION NURSES
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
THE FUTURE OF INFUSION NURSES
With aging baby boomers and more medical advancements, registered nursing jobs in general will grow steadily through 2020, according to the BLS. Jobs are expected to grow 26% in that time period, must faster than the average.