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Give injections, draw blood, IV's, foley catheters, etc?? What is the hardest to learn? Is it terrifying:uhoh21: ?? The only thing I KNOW I have to learn this semester is the foley catheter. Is... Read More

  1. by   RNSacht
    fftopic:
    Quote from jov
    I guess it all depends how long you are going to be out in the bush and how many bullets you have...
  2. by   RN 4 U
    Quote from jov
    Well you may choose to use the word Terrify if you like and you may even choose to work yourself up into being terrified about something like IVs and Foleys. I shared my opinion that "terrifying" ought to be reserved for other circumstances. Using that word is doing nothing more than scaring everyone silly. Have you ever seen panic spread from one end of the room to the other? That's exactly how it happens.
    I would like to encourage the OP to be practical and focused, not terrified. But of course, it is up to each individual.

    BTW I am a nursing student myself but no I am not terrified by doing procedures for the first time. So I think I have the right to post my perspective too LOL
    Yes, I agree that you do have the right to post your comments,that was my whole point, other also the right to post their comments also. If they see it as terrifying that is how they feel, not you. It is terrrifying to someone who has never started an iv, foley, whatever because there is always a chance something could go wrong, but with practice and confidence they will eventually overcome that terrifying feeling and this is totally normal feeling.
  3. by   vamedic4
    Quote from HoorahFLY
    Give injections, draw blood, IV's, foley catheters, etc??

    What is the hardest to learn? Is it terrifying:uhoh21: ?? The only thing I KNOW I have to learn this semester is the foley catheter. Is that difficult? Does it just slide right in? LOL, I'm terrified I will torture my first patient!
    For me the hardest was cathing the little girls...babies in my case for UAs and urine cultures. Talk about a little target!!

    Blood and IVs take practice practice practice...that only comes with time, so don't worry about not being "great" right out of the box. No one is.

    Injections? Not bad once you have your landmarks down and remember to aspirate THEN push.

    Just remember to LUBE THE FOLEY really well. I had brain surgery about 4 years ago and was on IV narcs post op so I couldn't urinate. I had to be I/O cathed ...and I think the nurse used a garden hose...it HURT...but I sure felt better afterward.


    You'll do fine. Believe in yourself.

    And have a great night
    vamedic4
  4. by   jadegypsy
    Gotta laugh about the foley--had a really old nurse tell me the first time to just aim for the crease in the middle-its almost always right there. Doggone if she wasn't right. Biggest part about the foley is to keep the pt. relaxed. I use a variation of lamaze breathing. A little hypervention really relaxes the muscles. JUst have your pt breath slow and deep a few times, then slip her in. Works pretty well. Have to agree that IV's can be the hardest, but even that got easier with time. After all these years, some days I just can't get a line. So never feel like a failure, just get the next one.
  5. by   jov
    you win.
  6. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    Quote from firstyearstudent
    The only thing about doing new procedures that is terrifying to me is being dressed down and humiliated for a minor mistake by an instructor who just might be Satan.
    Through my clinicals I've had the chance to do most of my skills a few times (but by no means am I perfect at them) and its really not something to get anxious/nervous or worried about. Ya, the first time I was excited and anxious (more 'cause I thought it was cool, than b/c I was scared). If anything, its the instructor that will take care of making you feel stressed. Getting yourself all worked up, with shaky hands will just make the whole process that much worse. I just keep telling myself in my head that 'hey, its no big deal, I can do this.' Ask your instructor to run it through with you in the supply room, if you are nervous, but whatever you do don't show that you are terrified. Your instructor will hover to make sure you are doing it right, the patient will be watching you with eagle eyes, and you'll start to get worried.

    Best advice from my clinical instructor: "Fake it 'til you Make it".....at least with the confidence. Don't make something a big deal that you honestly know shouldn't be.
  7. by   chysyl
    The frist time I gave i.m inj i was really scared, I thought i'd broken a nerve or something, i couldnt wait to go back the next day to check on the patient but it was easy. I've never inserted an i.v but i will soon. Where i'm training nurses are not allowed to insert male foley's and i really dont know why. I've inserted female foley's and it went easily the only time i had a problem was with a circumcised patient it was difficult locating the urethral. I've learnt that with much practice procedurly it becomes a part of you.
  8. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from jadegypsy
    Gotta laugh about the foley--had a really old nurse tell me the first time to just aim for the crease in the middle-its almost always right there. Doggone if she wasn't right. Biggest part about the foley is to keep the pt. relaxed. I use a variation of lamaze breathing. A little hypervention really relaxes the muscles. JUst have your pt breath slow and deep a few times, then slip her in. Works pretty well. Have to agree that IV's can be the hardest, but even that got easier with time. After all these years, some days I just can't get a line. So never feel like a failure, just get the next one.
    My friend who's been an RN for many years told me the other day that when she was in nursing school, her instructor told her that for females, "If you don't get it in the right place the first time, leave that tube there. If you don't get it right the second time, leave THAT tube there. You WILL get it right the third time".

    I found that to be hilarious!! And something to keep in mind!!
  9. by   SoulShine75
    The first time I catheterized a patient was during an OR rotation with both the anesthesiologist and surgeon standing with arms crossed watching me. Needless to say I was a nervous wreck because that is the only skill I ever failed. BUT I didn't show it, never let em see ya sweat! Thanks goodness the lady was already under anesthesia!

    As far as IV's I thought it was the hardest skill because there was so much to it, IVP, IVPB, calculations etc... Unfortunately I have yet to start an IV because I haven't had the opportunity to as of yet. I'm sure when that time comes I'll be plenty nervous though.
  10. by   AliRae
    Quote from wdwpixie
    "If you don't get it in the right place the first time, leave that tube there. If you don't get it right the second time, leave THAT tube there. You WILL get it right the third time".

    This, while true, doesn't always work quite as well as it seems like it should! I somehow got through nursing school and never put in a foley, so my first one was on the job as a new grad. I took a handful in, with just the above advice in mind. Cut to a while later, me dripping sweat, with about 4 foleys crammed in this poor girl's va-jay-jay. Thankfully, she wasn't so much with it to know what was going on. Not to scare you or anything ... my preceptor and I had a great laugh about it, and I've never had the same problem.

    Pretty much anything is scary the first time. IV's are my personal bane. So I've let it be known that if anyone has a halfway decent vein on a kid, I'd like to try first. I work PICU, so most times we send the most experienced warrior in to hit that tiny-little-vein-somewhere-between-the-toes. But whenever possible, I get them to let me practice. Remember to breathe ... you getting light-headed doesn't help anything!

    Best of luck in nursing school ... I was there such a short time ago and can sympathize with the "terror"

    PS Merry Christmas all!
  11. by   IMustBeCrazy
    Quote from AliRae
    Cut to a while later, me dripping sweat, with about 4 foleys crammed in this poor girl's va-jay-jay. Thankfully, she wasn't so much with it to know what was going on. Not to scare you or anything ... my preceptor and I had a great laugh about it, and I've never had the same problem.
    :roll

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