Hi, I just started working at a new job on a psych unit. My preceptor watched me give a IM Ativan. I have given many an injection at other facilities, so it's not a forgien thing to me. Anyway, after he and 6 other co-workers watched me give an IM into L buttock, he told me "You need to practice your injection technique". He said I have to give all IMs Z track method, and aspirate. Well, every where I've worked no one aspirates when giving a STAT emergency IM, we just get it into the patient. I would just like some feed back from some other RNs out there. Also, after giving injection do you just flick the plastic cover down over the needle with your thumb, or do you rub it on the side of bed? He does not want me pushing plastic cover down with finger. Thx for any input! I just felt really stupid.