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- May 24, '11 by jjjoyWe practiced IV starts on fake arms. We weren't allowed to do them in clinicals (maybe facility policy?). We didn't learn blood draws at all, and maybe 5 minutes total on what the different vials were for. We heard "Don't worry, you'll learn it on the job." 'Course half the nurses I meet look at me funny when I tell them we weren't allowed to do even one IV start as a student.
- May 25, '11 by TheCommuterQuote from CT PixieI was an LVN for four years when I graduated from an RN completion program last year. I never learned to start IVs or draw blood during my time in school. I still have never drawn blood through venipuncture because the lab usually does it. I have only drawn blood through PICC lines.My question is this...when did you learn to place iv's and draw blood?
Even though starting IVs is a routine skill in the facility where I work, I have only managed to start about five IVs successfully in my lifetime. If I miss it (and I usually do), I'll ask another more experienced coworker for reinforcement.
- May 25, '11 by suannaQuote from Hands&FeetWOW- you passed a skill test that would qualify you to be a confused elderly dementia patient.......................we could d/c them. ......
I have never understood the current trend in not educating students to performing venous access. This is going to be a big part of your job in most institutions. Instead you spend a few weeks playing with "Nursing Theory" or "Nursing Research"- good and useful areas of study AFTER YOU GET THE BASIC PATIENT CARE SKILLS DOWN. You will by no means get proficient at venous access as a student, but you won't be proficient at many of the skills required to be a fully competent RN. Does that mean you shouldn't be taught the skill???!!. A HS graduate can work for a home health agency drawing blood on the most difficult patients as a "phlebotomist" with a day or two inservice. I hope Nurses can master this skill with a little more effort. Hospitals that "don't allow" students to learn this as part of thier clinical education shouldn't be used as an acute care rotation for RN programs.
- May 25, '11 by caliotter3I went through a BSN program to the end. We did neither IV starts or blood draws.
- May 28, '11 by turnforthenurseRNWe learned IV's/blood draws our junior year. Prior to that we weren't even allowed to touch them...
- May 30, '11 by MelissaLPNI did IV therapy in LPN school but I learned Phelbo on the job. It took approximately 5 minutes to learn ( then of course practice makes perfect.)
- May 30, '11 by Samantha79We learned 2nd semester first year (beginning of the semester) and were allowed to do them in clinical after we had been signed off. I never got to because my pts always had PICC lines.