We will be starting our IV certification course in a couple of weeks, and as nervous as I was about passing lab check-offs and clinicals, this is the one thing that instills the most fear in me. It's a serious thing- entering directly into a patient's VEINS. And painful, too. I just had an IV myself recently.
I have fears of not being able to find a vein and of just poking the needle right through it, or having false starts and causing the patient undue pain. In our course we will be practicing with specialized kits and dummies- due to ethical considerations our program no longer has students practice on each other...so the very first time I start an IV on a REAL person it will be an actual patient in a clinical setting.
Any advice and words of wisdom are appreciated!