I find that IV starts are the most frustrating thing that I've ever had to do in nursing, perhaps the most frustrating thing I've ever had to do in my life. I could be, and very likely am, the worst of the worst, the baddest of the bad, at doing IV starts.
You could give me a juicy vein and I could miss it or blow it. You could give me the most cooperative patients, the best lighting, the narrowest needle and a bedside coach and I could still manage to screw it up.
I know basically what I'm supposed to do, and the procedure to do it and well, I could explain it to someone else so that they could give it a try, but hell could freeze over before I could get an IV start.
On the bright side, I'm really good at keeping IV sites. I watch that tubing like a hawk and snatch it up before it snags. I've contorted my patients into pretzels just to keep the lines flowing.
I know it's probably already been discussed ad nauseum, but could anyone help me out? What I need is a straight forward approach, that not only sounds good, but actually works. I mean I'm getting nada here.