Infusion Therapist (RN) Salary
Most Infusion Therapists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $31.57 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although a majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, about a third claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, Infusion Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.
Job Description for Infusion Therapist (RN)
An infusion therapist (RN) is, as the name would imply, a registered nurse; however, the skill-set required of an RN infusion therapist is very specific. Chief among these nurses’ talents should be the ability to locate a vein and successfully start a line into it, and they should be able to do this almost anywhere on a patient’s body. Infusion therapists specialize in ensuring that patients get the intravenous therapies they need as prescribed by doctors. And, because of the wide variety of patients they serve, they may often need to start IVs on body parts other than the standard forearm or back of a hand.Read More...
Infusion therapists (RN) must hold at least Bachelor's degree in Nursing, and have significant experience with patients, and the venipuncture techniques which allow them to perform intravenous therapy. As an RN, the nurse must also pass the NCLEX-RN examination, as well as be licensed by the state agency regulating nurses (depending on the state). They must comply with any ongoing education requirements of RNs, as well.
Infusion therapy nurses are not only responsible for tapping patients’ veins, but also overseeing the entire infusion therapy process. This includes ensuring that their patients are comfortable, not experiencing any negative reactions to their therapies, and, of course, knowing what to do in the event of such a negative reaction. They must also be able to review orders to ensure that the patient does not have any contraindications to the prescribed medicines.
These highly-skilled professionals work in an indoor setting, generally one dedicated to health care; this could mean anything from a small, dedicated infusion therapy clinic to a large hospital. A 40-hour work-week is common and generally features first-shift hours, though those infusion therapists who work in hospitals may have a broader range of hours/shifts. Co-workers are usually fellow nurses and nursing staff (such as CNAs), and infusion therapists are generally supervised by one or more doctors.
Infusion Therapist (RN) Tasks
- Monitor and check for side effects such as skin irritation, nausea and hair loss to assess patients' reaction to treatment.
- Maintain records, reports and files as required, including such information as radiation dosages, equipment settings and patients' reactions.
- Perform and educate patients in performing intravenous and injectable procedures.
- Schedule appointments and notify patients of chemotherapy test results.
- Administer prescribed doses of medication to specific body parts, using intravenous or injectable medications, according to established practices and standards.
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Pay by Experience Level for Infusion Therapist (RN)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Infusion Therapists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $64K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $66K. Infusion Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $67K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Infusion Therapist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $73K.