So, I'm a nursing student in the middle semesters (graduate in May).
They pair us up with a nurse to be with for a shift and we follow her along and basically do everything for her, with her supervising and teaching us.
So, there was an order for two IM injections, a flu shot and a pneu. shot
I had just given an insulin injection to a patient in the arm and now had to give these two IM injections to a different patient.
As we were walking to the room the nurse says to me, "now you'll give these two inj in the same spot you gave the insulin injection." I questioned her and said that the inj. were IM and she said "I know, but yoiu give these in the same spot you gave the insulin." I questioned her again and said "I gave the insulin into a SQ spot and thats where I am supposed to give these two IM injections?" and she says "yes, just like where you gave the insulin."
I thought for a second and then said "so, you want me to give these two IM injections into the SQ space?" and she said "Yes, thats where we give them."
I later asked my clinical instructor about it and he just kind of shrugged and said, sometimes that how they do it. Hmmmm.....
But whats weird about it is this......I have a friend who is a semester behind me and she had a skills evaluation check off recenly for injections. Come to find out one of the evaluating instructors told her the same thing.
So, I'm puzzled. Are IM's sometimes given SQ? I wouldnt think they would absorb correctly????