I'm a second semester ADN student and we gave a lot of injections this semester. The air bubbles can be released by striking the barrel of the syringe with a ball point pen. Your instructor may or may not endorse this practice, but it works and makes the air release while still in the vial. My ins. showed me the tech. As for nerves, I can really relate. The more you do something, the better you get at it and the less nervous you are about performing the procedure in front of an ins. We had an ins. that was so intimidating I though I would have to wear a brief in front of her to keep from soiling my scrubs
. No joke. Really intimidating. I found that the more prepared I was, the easier the procedure becomes. Also, have you ever heard of pilot talk? Have you ever noticed that pilots in the middle of really bad situations remain calm in the way they talk on the radio? Try talking during the procedure. It really works for me. Not only does it keep me calm, but if the ins. is writting during part of the procedure, he/she hears your explanation of the step, etc. One last thing that I learned from last semester, the instructors really want you to succeed. You may question this, but you will realize this at some point. I did. The really intimidating instructor will be the one that I will always remember. Bring on a really pissed Doctor, after Mrs. X, I feel that I can handle any Doctor now.