i'm a new nurse doing an internship in the er were i'll be working upon completion. i'm having a real problem with iv starts, and i am curious if anyone else has this same problem (and if so, how do they cope). i can not see the deeper veins in the forearm. apparently everyone else can see the forearm veins as blue lines in the arm (as it shows in the textbooks). i can't see those blue lines. i've had a test for color blindness, and i'm not, so i'm not sure what the heck is going on. my contacts have a very slight blue tint to them, so i'm going to try just wearing my glasses next shift and see if that helps. am i the only one who has this issue, or are there other people that struggle with this? i mean, if they have good acs or hand veins i'm golden, but we all know that isn't always the case.
p.s. while i'm still new, i don't feel this is a matter of i haven't had enough opportunities to stick. i've had other nurses, aides, students, and lay people point out vessels to me and all i ever seem to see is just plain skin.