Oh I remember my first IM. We were doing clinicals in a LTC facility right when they were doing the flu vaccines and the facility had gotten permission prior from all the POA's/guardians of the pts to allow the students to give the vaccine. So we had MORE than enough patients to do IM's on (120 pts in the building, 8 LPN students
I remember being very nervous. I took a deep breath and did it. What freaked me out the most was the feel of it. Somewhat like putting a knife tip or fork prong through an uncooked chicken thigh..uhhh kind of made me queasy. Honestly, never felt that sensation again..either because I block it out or I do the injection quicker now haha.
After doing 2 or 3, it was almost like I was on autopilot. Had no issues ever giving an IM again.