Often, if giving "separate" shots, I'll have another nurse go with me.
Patient lies face down. (Always do this with kids, just make sure that you have enough help to overpower at the onset - less chance of having to stick again). And with the precision of "synchronized swimmers" (kidding, but we try
) give the shots on opposite sides at the same time. Not sure if it really helps much, but it lessens the dread. I do mix any meds I can for the same injection, but sometimes - it is just what it is...
A pain in the bum. If I have lots of meds and I have any IV options, I'll try and discuss that with the MD...but, sometimes you are limited.
I'm with you on this, to really have to hurt patients - does hurt me too...
And 2.4 million units of Bicillin to the bum does hurt. Somehow, doing both shots at once, with good patient prep and instruction to try and relax the muscles will hopefully make the injections...more tolerable.
Good Luck. Hope there are others out there with good advice?