What should I do to prepare before school starts next fall? - page 2

I'm getting a resource job in PACU to familiarize myself with surgery/anesthesia etc I currently work in CCU anything else I could be doing? a class I could take at community college/the... Read More

  1. by   helloRN
    i wish i had also taken a class in phebotomy..i suck at iv's i start crna school in feb i need to learn fast
  2. by   skipaway
    Quote from helloRN
    i wish i had also taken a class in phebotomy..i suck at iv's i start crna school in feb i need to learn fast
    Taking a class in phlebotomy will only help you in locating veins. It won't help you to actually start an IV. Phlebotomists draw blood they don't start IVs. http://www.svs.net/Later/home.htm

    If you need IV experience, do some part time work with an IV team or ask the ER if they allow nurses down to do some practicing.

    I got outstanding IV skills as a floor nurse before ICU and when I went to the ICU the amount of opportunities to start lines plummeted. I volunteered everytime one of my ICU co-workers need an IV and did not loose my skills.

    Having good IV skills before anesthesia school helps to alleviate stress when you get to the OR. So good luck to you.

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