Curious about catheters
- 0Nov 20, '12 by ConstantlyEvolvingHello everyone I am a pre nursing student who is obsessed with this forum lol. I can't wait to become a nurse however my body cringes at the thought of inserting a catheter. Can anybody share their first time doing that procedure?
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- 0Nov 20, '12 by Katie71275I had my first this quarter in OB. I will say, it was a lot slippier than I thought it would be and b/c the pt's water had broke, there was a lot of mucus, the lube, and fluids that made it more difficult to hold the parts up...But it went fine and Im glad I had the experience
I've also dc one and not a prob! PS some women have 3 holes...Yep didn't know that either lol!
- 0Nov 20, '12 by LCinTrainingWhen I was a nanny we had to cath her four times a day. She was two years old and hated laying still. I got to where I could hit the target in a blink, she would climb back upright and drain standing on the changing table lol. I haven't done an adult yet, but the sim lab was relatively easy. My problem was sterility the first few times.
- 1Nov 20, '12 by nynursey_I can't lie to you; my first time inserting a catheter was a total nightmare.
My patient was a 65 Y/O male detoxing from ETOH. He was experiencing tremors and wasn't circumsised. My instructor requested I perform the procedure a different way than I learned in lab and as a result, I accidentally contaminated my sterile field, causing me to lose 5 points for violating patient safety.
Your feelings about performing an uncomfortable procedure on a patient suddenly fall by the wayside when you realize you have to focus on what you're doing so that you perform it safely and correctly. It was extremely nerve-wracking but the experience thought me the importance of practicing your skills continually so you perform them the same way every single time and it becomes second nature.
Good luck in pursuing nursing!
- 0Nov 20, '12 by scb7620I got lucky and my first catheter was in the OR with a patient who was already asleep for surgery. I work in the NICU now though, and it's incredibly frustrating sometimes to try to cath itty-bitty girl babies! It's also hard to try to maintain the sterile field sometimes- helps to have another nurse help/watch you to catch any errors.