I have a friend who is a mother and provides care for her child at home. When she heard I was a nursing student, she offered to train me on numerous things I haven't learned. Drawing blood from a central line, changing the dressing on a central line, suctioning and so forth.
I told her that as a first semester student, I'm not even allowed to give a shot without my instructor there, so I would be willing to observe, but not participate. I'm too worried that she'll be overconfident in my skills because I am a student, and also because she is often looking for a nurse when hers calls off. (She is not a nurse)
I saw this in two ways: First, it's above my ability to provide care, even if she did train me. She is the legal guardian, I am not. Secondly, I thought she might believe I have more capability as a nursing student, perhaps more knowledge than most people. I do not at this time.
So what are the limitations? I was very straight forward with her, telling her that I am incapable of providing care and wouldn't participate, but would gladly observe. The thing is, she didn't ever offer this until she knew I was a nursing student.
What would you do in this situation? What are some of the problems that might arise? Thanks in advance.