Nursing students and new nurses.....about injection sites - page 4

I heard something today that just flabbergasted me......when I was in school back in the days of the horse and buggy, we had to name all IM injection sites and be able to demonstrate how to... Read More

  1. by   Epona
    Do RN students take blood from each other?? Give shots to each other??
  2. by   oldiebutgoodie
    Quote from Epona
    Do RN students take blood from each other?? Give shots to each other??
    In my program (graduated 2 years ago) we wanted to practice on each other, but were not allowed to. Liability, I guess. No wonder people are clueless when giving their first IMs. A fellow classmate and I did practice on each other secretly.

    As an aside, my son is in the military, and he complained that when entering basic, he got a HUUUUGE (his words) penicillin shot in the butt, and that he couldn't sit down for a week! I guess they aren't too worried about the sciatic nerve. I was quite amused that he thought every recruit got the shot so they wouldn't get sick. I pointed out that every recruit probably got the shot to clear up any incoming STDs.

    Oldiebutgoodie
  3. by   Epona
    Wow. I figured that we most certainly had to practice on each other. I am surprised. I was thinking that was part of the training. Oh well.

    Thanks for sharing the insight! It helps a new RN student out!

    :spin:
  4. by   smk1
    We can't do IV or IM injections on each other, but we did SC, Intradermal on each other.
  5. by   CityKat
    Quote from Epona
    Do RN students take blood from each other?? Give shots to each other??
    Not that I know of. I drew blood on my patient with the assistance of the RN. The patient was getting vancomycin and my RN showed me how to do it by drawing the first time and then I drew it the second time around and did good, which was such a relief
  6. by   Epona
    Thanks everyone! I was just curious as to whether we stuck each other or not.

    Have a happy holiday!!

    :Present2:
  7. by   Lacie
    Quote from Epona
    Hi. I will be a new RN student starting in Jan. How many shots, IV's, IM's do we give each other in RN school?? Do we take each other's blood?? I am guessing we do all this, but just wanted some insight.

    :icon_rolleyes:

    Thanks! Epona
    It depends on your schools program. I know the program I went to back in the day still does this practice today with students. Rn students practice their IM, SC, and IV's on each other before we are passed on the task or permitted to do so on patients. Every program is different. I would hate for you to think you may never have to do so when reality is you may very well need to dependant on your programs requirements. Some schools do some schools dont. At no time did we draw blood though.
  8. by   Agnus
    Ok it's been a few years since I was in school. (did learn all the sites) but I have a question. I read several people say never give more than 1ml in the deltoid.

    I don't give a lot of IMs but I am pretty sure I remember being taught that you do not give more than 1 ml in any site. So if you have more than that to give you give it in different sites.

    Is my memory off? What is the rule?:uhoh21:
  9. by   smk1
    Quote from Agnus
    Ok it's been a few years since I was in school. (did learn all the sites) but I have a question. I read several people say never give more than 1ml in the deltoid.

    I don't give a lot of IMs but I am pretty sure I remember being taught that you do not give more than 1 ml in any site. So if you have more than that to give you give it in different sites.

    Is my memory off? What is the rule?:uhoh21:
    You can give up to 3 mls in the larger muscles according to our sources, but just 1ml in the deltoid.
  10. by   linzz
    I am a new grad canadian LPN and we were taught in school how to site all 3 sites. On a surgical floor, we used vg mostly and in LTC, I only did a few IM's and they were deltoid but yes they were under 1ml.
  11. by   CityKat
    In my program, we had dummies to practice on. But, I injected my professor at that time, with normal saline. All of us in her class did. It was sort of strange, but it helped to ease my fear of needles, that's for sure. The first stick is always the hardest! I think your freedom on the hospital floor really depends on your preceptor. My preceptor happens to be very confident in us and we are assigned nurses on the floor and we basically shadow that RN and she gives us tasks and teaches us or we've already learned it from our preceptor and then we are allowed to perform it. I am lucky to have a GREAT teacher like her!!
  12. by   P_RN
    Perhaps as a "teaching project" you could make a poster or give a short talk about the sites? On the clinical ladder such a thing would be a dream task.
  13. by   pvjerrys
    i'm a 1st semester instructor in adn program. all injection sites are demonstrated. students have practicum and theoretical exam to evaluate their knowledge base. they must pass both practicum and exam before they can administer parenteral (ims / sqs) medications in clinical rotations.

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