Hey everyone! I am a new psych nurse and have been off of orientation for about 3 weeks. I have worked in a school setting for the past two years after graduating nursing school so I am also feeling relatively new to the nursing profession. My orientation felt a little rushed because I was catchng on very quickly but I am still lacking confidence specifically when it comes to giving an IM. At my previous job I would often give influenza vaccinations but I am nervous about giving a medication restraint. I have not had the opportunity to participate or even see this occur and am fearful that I will not be prepared when the time comes. I'm looking for some tips and techniques from more seasoned nurses. What medications can be mixed (Haldol 5mg, Ativan 2mg, and Cogentin 1mg seems to be the restraint of choice at my facility) and how to shake the nerves of giving the injection to a combative patient with 10 people watching?! Any and all other tips for becoming a confident psych nurse would be most welcomed as well!!
Thanks in advance!