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Hi, I'm new here. I am not in nursing school yet, but I want to become a nurse, and will start taking pre-reqs next semester. The thing is needles kind of make me nervous. Also, the thought of... Read More
Apr 1, '04Also wanted to add, If you are allowed to stick in, your instructor will be present and will have identified an appropriate patient, one that is not scared to the bejesus to begin with.
It's very important to have a patient that is not freakish to begin with, also, don't forget to have the patient deep breathe. When patients are nervous and hold their breaths, that fight/flight adreneline response takes hold and the body responds by clamping down the periphery, which makes veins "disappear". so If you have a needle in place where you KNOW there was a vein, you relax, then help the patient relax while deep breathing, hold the needle still for a few moments, then try to find it.
you can do it!!!