Can an lpn perform iv therapy on a central line?Where would I find out if an LPN can give meds through a central line?

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stacyer eNotes educator| Certified Educator

LPNs are generally not allowed to administer medications through any IV line without specialized training. For example, in the state Iowa (where I live) this is the major difference between LPNs and RNs. As an RN, my program of study included how to adminster medications through IV lines safely. In order to determine if LPNs may administer medications through an IV line check with your state's board of nursing.

dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The best thing to do would be to check with your manager. I know that some institutions allow LPN's to give medications through a central line and others do not. Always adhere to your institutions policy and procedure in this regard. If your institution doesn't allow this you could act as a change agent to get the policy changed.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The term LPN describes a Licensed Practical Nurse. A LPN provides basic bedside nursing services, such as checking vital signs and taking samples for testing. The RN actually requires more training and education and has greater responsibilities. The RN is more likely to administer medication.