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- May 7, '12 by sandyfeetWe learned how to do it second semester on each other. We were allowed to start IVs in clinical but always had an RN supervising/helping out.
- May 7, '12 by ssaarraahhWe had to learn how to do IVs in nursing school. During clinical, some of the hospitals would let nursing students put IVs in while other hospitals did not. Everytime I put an IV in, I had to have a nurse right next to me to make sure I was doing it correctly.
- May 7, '12 by Joe N635DCMy BSN program...
Working with IV's yes and administering IV fluids and medications? Yes.
Starting IV lines? Nope, most programs leave this out as many hopsitals require you to be IV certified in thier institution anyway.
- May 7, '12 by symphieWe had a two hour lab where they taught us to start IVs and draw blood on plastic arms. As far as getting to in the clinical setting, it depended on opportunity. I was very lucky to have my last semester of clinicals on a floor where everybody got labs drawn on our shift so we had alot of practice with that. I was also sent to the ER during clinical by my instructor one night just to see what it was like and was very fortunate that the nurse I was with there found the opportunities for me to start my first and second IVs on patients. This was not the norm for my class. We're graduating in August (BSN) and I'd guess about half our class has had the opportunity to start IVs and half has not. We are all allowed to give IV meds, set up lines, etc. with nurse supervision though.
- May 7, '12 by esc_newnurseIn my BSN program we were not allowed. They told us we would get the training when we start working.
- May 7, '12 by BEW612We practiced on a plastic arm in lab and are allowed to do it depending on the facility and the nurses...always with either the RN or our instructor. I have only had the opportunity to attempt one on a very tiny old lady with tiny veins and it didn't happen for me...but it made me feel a little better when my instructor, a practicing ER nurse, couldn't get a good stick either.
- May 7, '12 by RLtinkerYes we learned how to start IVs at my school. We had a lab with plastic arms, but our clinical instructor also let us start them on each other.
- May 7, '12 by AKreaderWe started IV's on a mannequin in our fundamentals class (1st semester). 2nd semester one of our clinical rotations was an IV lab where we started IVs all shift. It was an incredible experience. Many of the nurses we worked with (it was on a GI unit) were recent grads and were jealous that we got that experience. One of them told me she had only started one when she graduated. I cannot even imagine.
Also, the hospitals here do have IV teams, but you always try to start your own before you call them in. If you work in a rural area, IV starts and blood drawing WILL be your responsibility -- no IV teams there.
- May 7, '12 by mmc51264We could not do them on each other, but could do them in the clinical setting. I have had at 10 chances to insert IVs. I thought it was backwards that we could do them on pts but not on each other. We learned on the fake arm 2nd semester and then in clinical all of second year.
- May 7, '12 by ISeeYou3100We were not allowed to start them on each other at all. We used a dummy arm and practiced in skills lab and then were supervised in our first attempts on a real patient. I wish we would have had the opportunity to practice on one another to hone our skills. To date, I've only had 1 successful stick in the clinical setting and I am still terrified of doing it!