Just started nursing school
a little over a month ago and I had my first day of clinical today. Pretty basic day. I just did vitals, hygiene and had the opportunity to do a couple of accu checks.
Everything was going well and my nurse even offered to come with me to perform the accucheck on our patient. I lanced the finger and tossed the lancet in the sharps and took off my gloves and the RN got the blood on the chem strip and recorded the reading. My RN was kind of in a rush so she handed me the vial of chem strips and the glucometer with the chem strip still in it. Since I didn't have any gloves on, I carefully took out the chem strip making sure not to touch the blood and then performed hand hygiene before leaving the room.
All seemed well, but I have an hour drive home from this hospital and my anxiety is my own worst enemy. All I kept thinking of was, "what if I got a little blood on my fingers and then got it on the vial when putting it in my pocket to perform hand hygiene. What if I got a little blood on my finger and didn't clean well enough and then got some on the next patient I did the accucheck on?" I didn't say anything to my instructor because my RN was with me when I was doing the skill and I felt like I would have sounded like a complete idiot.
I feel like I can really be successful in this program, but I am so incredibly worried about catching something or messing up and cross-contaminating another patient. Are my fears warranted? With the tiny amount of blood that gets on the chem strip, is it a big deal to take it out of the glucometer without gloves?