I'm not a pediatric nurse, but I work in a rural hospital where all age groups and illnesses are thrown together on the same floor. In 15 years I've never started an IV on a pediatric pt. ER does it, day shift does it,..... I've just always managed to avoid the situation. The other night an IV infiltrated on an 11 month old. I KNEW I could not successfully start that IV. That's not psyching myself out, it is simply a statement of fact. I would have unnecessarily stuck that baby just for the sake of saying that I tried. After several hours, the IV did get started, after 6 attempt by staff...none of us are pediatric nurses. ER has experience, and there are some nurses on the floor who are better at it than others. The supervisor was angry that I didn't "try" Do those of you who are pediatric nurses feel it's appropriate to practice IV sticks on babies? As a parent, I would be outraged if an inexperienced med/surg nurse was poking needles in my child.
Mar 11, '10
I called the ER and they were slammed, couldn't help. Called the supervisor, who could have done it, but refused. To prove a point. I have thought long and hard about my situation and have come to the same conclusion as you. I'm going to have to start IVs on babies. It doesn't matter that it turns my stomach....I have to do it if I work at this hospital. 1) I DO have something to say to parents who admit their babies to hospitals without peds units. YOU'RE IDIOTS. Please, nurses do not say "maybe they don't have any options" There are two hospitals within 25 miles that have peds units. I live in a very rural area. There, one of my pet peeves. Parents who take their precious babies where there are not specialized people to take care of them.
In order to cover my bases about peds admits, I'm talking about direct admits from offices, not ER admits. There are always emergencies and the safe thing to do is take your kid to the closest ER.
Last edit by imintrouble on Mar 11, '10