If it is possible to go with a nurse who has done that med pass many times to observe how she does it? You will save steps and save time.
If the experienced nurse sees you as a new grad who will be critical of her methods and write her up for not doing everything the way the new grad's teacher told her to, she probably won't help you much.
There is more than one right way to do most things, even in nursing. Once you know the basics of nursing, such as infection control, you can learn to become more time efficient without comprimising care.
An example of why experenced nurses fear new grads is as follows. I had been hired just prior to Thanksgiving to work in the hospital of a small town. Because I was on probation as a new hire, I worked Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New years day.
This happened the second week of January. I had a full assignment and was trying to keep up one night when a new grad who had been employed for over 90 days came to me for help. She had a man for a patient who was "out of control" in her words. He had a tranquilizer IM ordered for agitation.
Her patient was definitely agitated and could not be calmed. She asked me to give him the med while she and other staff tried to get him to stay still for the injection. After observing the patient and the staff interaction for several minutes, I could see that he was not going to stay still for the injection. It was my professional opinion that either the patient, the staff, or both were going to be injured if this patient did not receive the ordered medication and did not respond to it.
In twenty years of nursing, I had never given an IM injection without cleaning the site with alcohol in little circles and looking for the "landmarks". This situation was different.
When I was a nursing student, I had once seen a psych nurse give an injection through clothing. The patient did not get an infection. So I waited for this patient to be distracted by the staff and not moving. I hurried up behind this patient who had beed declared to be incompetent years before due to his mental illness, and injected him with the medication through his cotton pajama bottom in the ventral gluteal area.
The patient calmed down, and all seemed well. The patient did not get an infection. Nobody was injured.
But a week later, the DON called me to come in during the daytime. The new grad had written me up for not properly giving the intramuscular injection according to the textbook. My employment was terminated.
Management had gotten their holiday coverage with a safe, experienced nurse on the floor with the new grads. Their regular night supervisor had gotten her holidays off. Good deal for everybody. Right?
New grads, listen to experienced nurses and don't be too quick to judge. If you are lucky, you may be an experienced nurse someday.