my wife is a nursing student and wants to use me to practice injections for some exam. I told her NO WAY! I don't mind the cooking, cleaning, laundry and other stuff but she can't use me as a pin cushion. She needs to practice injections with subcutaneous and intramuscular, which a friend of mine says hurts. She claims it won't hurt that much but she can forget it. Plus she needs to inject it into my stomach! Has she lost her mind?
Anyway is there something else she can pratice on? She says they use pillows at school then during the exam they inject the professor (I take you have to be insane to be nursing profeesor). Can't she practice on herself? How about she uses the dog? Or some sort of dead animal? I'll gladly run over the neighbors cat or a squirrel or something. Or am I being a baby like she says? Can't you kill somebody if you screw it up? Why can't she use the million dollar robo paient they just bought, IStan? I thought that was the whole point of having it.
Anyway thanks. She is doing much better since she took some of your advice (studying in a group has helped a lot), straight A's. But she is really hard worker, so no surprise.
Mar 16, '09
I "practiced" on my husband, but never actually stuck him with anything (though the foley was tempting). I just walked through the routine, verbalizing the method and location, kept the needle capped (and the foley wrapped). Grossed him out anyway. He HATES needles. Can't wait for NG tube placement practice.
If your wife feels she really needs to practice on a human to get the sites and procedure down correctly, she can keep the needles capped if you're willing. Or use a pen. Same for IV placement. Though the mannequins are available, real peoples arms/veins are very different. I wrap a tourniquet around anything that will hold still long enough, but would never stick a needle in except in clinicals. I wouldn't let someone "practice" on me at home, but I've done it at clinical/lab where there is an instructor standing by to help.
Just offering an alternative so you can still feel supportive!
Last edit by SolaireSolstice on Mar 16, '09
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