Quote from kkostelnikPN
so idk if this is a dumb question.. but in my NCLEX review they said LPNs are not to touch IV's ever only to monitor or hang IV piggybacks.... I thought LPN's were unable to start IV's?
Typically, with the right class, an LPN can start IVs. Starting an IV is really not that hard, once you get the hang of it. Probably the hardest thing that a student has to do when starting an IV is dispense with the mindset that starting an IV is actually hard. Sometimes it's not easy though... In my medical career I probably started more than a few hundred IVs and it really just boils down to following the steps. You'll learn those. You'll get to the point where you'll do it all smoothly and with little wasted effort. Just like anything else you've had to learn to do in nursing.
They teach a lot of people how to start an IV. In reality, starting an IV is nothing more than a monkey skill. Once you know how to do it, really anyone can do it. The people that are very good at it tend to do it a lot, it's like any other skill: the more you do it the better you are at it. Quite frankly I could probably teach my 10-year-old how to do it, and do it well. The point is not to make you think that you can't do it or that you are incapable, rather to impress upon you that in the grand scheme of things, this is something that is not that hard, that you should not worry about it and, as the Nike commercial says: "Just Do It."
Don't worry. You can do this and with practice, you can get very good at starting IVs. As a patient, I really don't care who starts the IV, as long as it's done right. From the patient side of things, the most painful part of the whole process is actually piercing the skin. Once you get under the dermis, it's usually not painful at all if you have to fish for a little bit. Just get under the skin quickly, then aim for the vein.
Above all: don't stress. It's not rocket surgery.