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cheryl ferraro
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I was wondering what is required other than obtaining a business license, malpractice insurance and keeping all my credentials active as well as keeping up on education to work for myself. Im retired with 33 years professional service with the federal government, most of my experience is in vascular care.

I want to work as a contract nurse to do infusions for the different pharmaceuticals companys and cut out the middleman. Is this possible. I also would like to do some teaching, hands on motivational workshops to teach iv care and maintenance and insertions.

Can anyone offer any suggestions on how I might make this happen?

 

 

lynncrni
By pharmaceutical companyes,

By pharmaceutical companyes, I am assuming you are referrring to the manufacturers. Drug and device manufacturers hire nurses all the time as contracted consultants to provide continuing education and/or product training. They do not and cannot hire anyone to do actual infusions or any patient care. When you are in facilities doing this traning provided by a manufactuer you are prohibited from touching a patient in any way. Sorry but cutting out the middle man for clinical practice is just not possible. The home infusion services and the ambulatory clinics hire nurses on a per diem basis. 

 

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., NPD-BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257

Website http://www.hadawayassociates.com

Office Phone 770-358-7861

cheryl ferraro
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Yes.  I already work for a

Yes.  I already work for a home health agency. I do infusions for Accredo, Nufactor, Biologix and others.  Ive gotten the cover letter probably by accident and what they pay the agency is a whole lot more than the agency pays me.  So I was wondering if I was available for infusions and got that information out there if the companys rather than contracting the agency could contract me.  

Correct me if Im wrong but the agency is only verifying my credentials.  Why cant I do the same? 

Are you saying I should look for oppurtunities that say RN for infusions per diem?

Would it be appropriate for me to send out my resume to those companies seeking per diem oppurtunities?

I have 6 clients that I have been infusing  for 2 years. Some are weekly, biweekly, monthly every 3 months.  If I were to leave the agency they all tell me they would want to continue with me and would leave if they knew where I would be working.

I also have recently realised based on feedback that I have a unique way of teaching novices the art of establishing IV access and caring for intravascular devices.  Most of my career was at a hospital where  I went and did  inservices all over. In1992 my employer started their first IV team. I was one of the first nurses selected and when I retired the plan was to do away with the IV team. So in addition to being one of the first I was also one of the last! There is one nurse left an LPN and they are going to allow him to continue on 12a-8a assisting until he retires. When I went around and talked to the nurses    I put a little humor, a lot of hands on and a lot of case studies.  Most are entertaining as well.   I also kind of feel like the way I go about it is more of a motivational workshop.  Sometimes as you get older you feel like you have something to give others and I guess thats what Im going through now. I want to be my own boss. I want to teach, I want to share, I want to do a task that sometimes hurt that almost feels good.  I want to build relationships with my clients that is rewarding for them and myself. I want to help others get over the fear and intimidation of being a nurse and then hurting your patient. I like to communicate that when your good at your skill its prestigious.  When your at the bedside for 25 years sticking sticking sticking you learn things that you can never get from a class room lecture. Experience makes the expert!  Its on the job practice. Sometimes there is No Backup and you must find ways to succeed and remain professional in the eyes of your client.

Ive met you numerous times at conferences and when I teach your name always comes up. Ive told a group of new nurses that if  Infusion Nursing is going  to be their specialty, Lynn Hadaway is a name they want to remember! Any guidance you can offer is always appreciated.

 

Thanks

Cheryl Ferraro RN, CRNI

lynncrni
Thanks for the compliment! I

Thanks for the compliment! I am just saying that working for drug and/or device manufacturers is not the same as working for a company providing healthcare itself. Manufacturers are restricted by what FDA allows. As a contracted person or an employee, you would be expected to teach what the company requires for you to teach. You cannot add, embelish, etc because you could be making claims about what the product will do that is not acceptable for the manufacturer. Everything you say is considered labeling and you cannot go outside the requirements from that manufacturer. No manufacturer will hire you to do clinical practice such as putting in IVs or administering any med, just not done. When you are contracted to any agency providing healthcare services, what is billed for your services will ALWAYS be more than what you are paid. There are expenses above and beyond your services that must be covered. Good luck, Lynn

 

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., NPD-BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257

Website http://www.hadawayassociates.com

Office Phone 770-358-7861

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