Have you ever started an IV on yourself?

  1. I felt my IV skills have been getting a little rusty after having not done one in quite some time so tonight I started one on myself for the refresher course. Anyone else do this? I didn't actually infuse anything, just did the stick for the practice. I found out it's much easier to do your own than someone elses. Okay, I'm weird, what can I say???
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  2. 35 Comments

  3. by   live4today
    No.....I've never done that, Duckie! I don't even like other nurses sticking me with needles, so I know I wouldn't stick myself. :chuckle
  4. by   Brownms46
    I have never did one on me...but I did it on my son when I was learning...:chuckle Poor child...
  5. by   sunnygirl272
    nope
  6. by   finallyRN
    I had enough trouble sticking myself for Blood sugars in Nursing school. I couldn't imagine and IV. I don't like needles coming at me period.
  7. by   Ted
    I'm way too chicken. . . .

    Ted
  8. by   a-rose
    I did it a time. But a lot of my colleague did it.
  9. by   maizey
    Not me. I don't like needles.
  10. by   mark_LD_RN
    i have a couple times when in school , i also volunteer for the occassional nursing student to practice on.
  11. by   hapeewendy
    I had to take my own blood glucose reading once (to be tested for my skills at doing this)
    and it hurt like a son of a .......
    so no havent done the IV thing
  12. by   joyrochelle
    Wow....i was just thinking about that tonight at work....a girlfriend of mie, also a recent RN, said that she thought i would be a difficult IV start or draw...but i disagree....my skin is so white that the veins peer through very well!

    interesting enough though....if anything this thread can provide enough empathy for those squirmy and difficult patients who hate IV's that we roll our eyes at !
  13. by   JonRN
    Nope no IV so far but I used to stick myself for my monthly B/W when I worked dialysis because I have ropy veins that you have to stick pretty hard and the other nurses always skimmed over the top. Nothing to it.

    Pappy
  14. by   LPN & EMT-CT
    Never done it to myself but let nursing students practice on me a couple of times. Have done BS checks on myself before a few times.
    David

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