I noticed my pts arm looked a little red and was warm at her IV site, so I called the nurse I was working with to come and take a look. I've never seen a "live" infiltration. Well, she took one look and said "That'll have to be changed."
This was an elderly lady with small veins, so the nurse asked me if I have done my first stick yet. I told her no. She said that this pt wouldn't probably be the best one to try on. I wasn't too disappointed, since...hey...aren't we all a little nervous about our first "nursey" things? We'd all like to get a nice big "river" vein for our first attempt. So I offered to get her supplies. She sat next to the pt and I opened all of her equipment. She was palpating her veins and looked at me and said, "you haven't done an IV right?" I said no. "Are you supposed to?" I said yes. She got up and offered me the throne! I didn't even have time to be nervous! And guess what??? I got it right away! First try! That puppy was patent and flushed easily! I love these milestones! Now, hopefully history repeats itself, again and again (for the sake of my pts!).