Quote from NurseforPreggers
I think it took me a couple of months to be consistent at starting IVs. I think I was pretty terrible at it to begin with. My preceptor use to tell me that I "HAD TO LEARN" to get them. I would get so frustrated. Now IVs really are my favorite thing to do.
IV's are one of those really "iffy" things. You can't just "know" how to do them. It is not like all of that knowledge we memorize in skill so we can have it to reference back on, like lab values and signs/symptoms. Being able to get an IV is almost like an art form, definitely a skill. The more you even try
, the better you will get at them.
I think the single most important thing that can "make or break" getting an IV is confidence. NEVER underestimate your ability in getting an IV. You never know where you will see, or more importantly sometimes, feel a vein. However, my policy has always been that if I don't see or feel absolutely anything
, then I don't stick... I see no need in putting someone through that for what could be nothing. A lot of times, another set of eyes, or hands, will see what you don't.
I remember a couple of weeks ago, we had a renal patient on dialysis in that needed a Heplock for a CT scan she was having. I went in, took one look at her arms that were swollen with shunts in both, and thought silently to myself how in the world I was going to get this. BUT...I tried it in one of her hands, and got it no problem one stick. I was so proud that I tried and didn't just take one look and run.
Give it time... Some days I get everyone I try in a day and other days... couldn't hit the broadside of a barn 2 feet away. It will get better.