Yeah, practice......I'm in homecare, and had been a while without having done an IV, when they decided OB and peds nurses had to do our own IV's. I was petrified, since it been so long, and I was "out of practice". At that time, we were using the same needles as you, and I confess, I hated them. The way I hold it, I always pushed the d*** button too early and lost the site. Then we switched to introcan. I'm not sure who makes them, but they are also safety needles and so much easier, I think as easy as the old jelco's. One the cath is in pace you hold one finger down where the tip of the cath wouled be (like you would anyway, so blood doesn't pour out when you remove the needle) and one finger on the other end. You pull the needle out and wa-la, it automatically picks up this nifty little safety thing as it pulls out, no risk of being stuck. Now, I know its not likely your institution will up and change! But I had to plug it anyway, because since we started using them, I've had no problems (excpet these poor hyperemesis girls who've been stuck Q 3D for ages, and have no veins left to speak of and their docs refuse a PICC because of "infection risk". But I digress......again, it just takes practice. I learned on a vascular surgery floor, and these people invariably had crummy veins. It was tough, but before long I was a "queen", haha!You'll be too, in L&D you do a lot of sticks, and luckily it's on a (hopefully) healthy woman who is liekly to have decent veins. Good luck! You'll be fine!!!!