I am an RN student, finishing in two months!!! The other day at clinical, the doctor ordered a 500cc NS Bolus. Now, I've never been taught anything else than to run the bolus through a pump as fast as possible. However, the nurse with me that day said that that was incorrect. She told me that the entire purpose of a bolus is to quickly make a change in the patient, and if we were to run it through a pump, it wouldn't be as effective. Her method was to raise the IV pole up as high as it would possibly go and run that bolus in wide open, carefully watching for any patient reactions. This was news to me. Does everyone do this or is this a preference of my nurse that day?