Stuck Me!!!!!

  1. Yup!!! Right infront of my clinical instructor. I started to open up an insulin needle, and stuck myself. I had to pull hard to take of the cap and when I finally got it off, my hands jerked together. Right there infront of everyone, I stuck myself!!!! It was a clean needle, but a needle just the same. Lucky for me my instructor didn't make a big deal about it, stating it has happened in the past.

    Just goes to show you that never mind about hurting your patient, becareful not to hurt yourself!!!! :uhoh21:
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  3. by   jnette
    Quote from TRISHnotyetRN
    Yup!!! Right infront of my clinical instructor. I started to open up an insulin needle, and stuck myself. I had to pull hard to take of the cap and when I finally got it off, my hands jerked together. Right there infront of everyone, I stuck myself!!!! It was a clean needle, but a needle just the same. Lucky for me my instructor didn't make a big deal about it, stating it has happened in the past.

    Just goes to show you that never mind about hurting your patient, becareful not to hurt yourself!!!! :uhoh21:
    This is how we learn. Don't sweat it... certainly isn't the first time, probably won't be the last. But it DOES teach us to be careful. Carry on !
  4. by   Born2BAnurse
    accidents do happen, ITs ok. At least you didnt recap after giving a needle! I did that at was yelled at by my instructor
  5. by   futuregaspasser
    Exact same thing happened to one of my fellow student nurses last semester. Bad part was, she did it while she was wearing gloves, and was so nervous, didn't realize she had done it until she took her gloves off AFTER injecting the patient. :imbar Big incident report, and blood work to be drawn.

    Accidents happen, and they can always be worse.
  6. by   lynn27
    I did the same thing...was floated to an unfamiliar floor, had to give an insulin injection and gosh, getting that cap off was hard--my hand jerked also and I got stuck. Luckily, like you, it was a clean needle. Now I'm especially careful about those insulin needles and other needles as well. It can happen so quickly!
  7. by   orrnlori
    Sticking yourself this way is very very common. Something about pulling the cap and syringe in opposite directions apart then makes your hands come back together. I did it numerous times even after becoming a nurse. Know that this will happen as a sort of reflex. Always pull slowly and gently on the cap, twist it at the same time to break the seal. And never never recap unless you lay the cap down and slid the needle into it with your other hand free.
  8. by   belladelicious
    I stuck myself last week in lab, while practicing on the models for inserting an IV. Whatever the fake blood stuff they use, that was on the needle. It was on my hand, kinda in between your index and thumb..where there's a vein. And a few days later, it got really sore, then started bruising. And then it was really dark blue. But, it seems okay now, it's been about a week and half since it happened. I don't know if I hit a vein or if it was an infection or what.
  9. by   nekhismom
    Lots of people stick themselves. We had plenty of people do it in my class during lab. One girl stuck herself with a "dirty" needle, and no one did anything about it. No blood tests, nothing. It was just laughed off. It was scary.

    I'm glad it was a clean needle. Don't sweat it too much.
  10. by   FutureNurse2005
    I'm glad you are ok though! Getting "stuck" is a scary thing!
    Please be careful out there!

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