Jnette, I especially wanted to let you know...I got to put 3 pts on today for the first time. The first stick went perfectly...I even put the arterial needle in slightly retrograde d/t an anneurysm. The pt said it didn't hurt a bit. *phew*
The second stick was good, but she bled a little from the arterial needle at first when I put it in...I guess I wasn't fast enough. Other than that, it was another good stick. (I got to use lidocaine on her...the first pt didn't use any numbing stuff).
The third wasn't so hot. I tried twice on the arterial needle & couldn't get it in, so my instructor did it. Then I tried twice on the venous, but couldn't get any flashback at all, so my instructor did that one too. I didn't panic, but I figure if I can't get it after 2 tries...I'll hand it off. My instructor told me that that particular pt had a deep fistula and quite a bit of scar tissue built up over it (oh, and it tends to roll too...yippie), so she wasn't surprised I didn't get it. She's going to have me try again on him on Thursday (oh yippie
All in all though, she said I did very well today, so I feel pretty good about it. I imagine I'll become more at ease with it as time & experience goes on. After all, it was just last week that I started taking pts off & pulling needles & was nervous about that...now that seems like old hat!
Just wanted to share!