What is your opinion on requiring students to practice injections on each other, before being allowed to give injections in the clinical arena? This was not permitted in my former place of employment (ADN program - small community college) nor is it presently permitted in my present program (BSN, large state university). To me, the liability issues are enormous. However, some faculty are questioning whether this practice should be allowed in my College of Nursing. (I must add - we do have plenty of high-tech simulators on which the students can practice, so I see no possible advantage in allowing students to practice on one another!) I would welcome your input and experiences on the subject
Oct 24, '07
I keep seeing this same question/topic, and someone always mentions the huge liability. Fer heaven's sake, if the students aren't safe/competent to give injections to each other
, how can they possibly be safe/competent to give injections to the unsuspecting members of the general public lying in the hospital beds in clinical??
In my diploma program six hundred years ago, we practiced (with instructor supervision) giving each other injections (IM, SC, Mantoux tests, IV starts) and had to be "checked off" as being competent on a classmate before we were allowed to perform any of these skills in clinical. None of us suffered any ill effects or had any objections to the policy -- heck, we were happy to have the opportunity to practice on each other before we had to face a stranger
with a needle, and we were much more confident and relaxed when the time came in clinical.
They're doing amazing things with latex these days
, but we all know those practice arms and mannequins don't feel anything like the real thing.
Last edit by elkpark on Oct 26, '07