just a little vent - page 2
OK so they don't teach us IV's in nursing school. And the IV part of my orientation involved a booklet and a big rubber hose-type thing to practice on. And I am on a floor where we rarely if ever... Read More
Feb 13, '07Occupation: Day Surgery/Infusion/ED Specialty: Day Surgery/Infusion/ED ; Joined: Feb '06; Posts: 1,405; Likes: 47This is the kind of post that saddens me. The worst time to try to get practice starting an IV is in an emergency situation. Shame on those co-workers who wouldn't help you.
Is there any possibility you could spend the day in outpatient surgery. I work there (as well as ED) and we start TONS of IVs every day. You'd get plenty of practice on relatively healthy people in a non-emergent situation.
Good for you for pushing past your anxiety and doing the IV. As far as connecting and taping, that's something you just develop over time. Everyone has his/her own way of doing it. It's funny, I can always tell who started an IV I'm D/C'ing just by how it's taped...kind of like a signature.
Feb 19, '07Occupation: RN Specialty: High Risk In Patient OB/GYN ; Joined: Apr '06; Posts: 738; Likes: 160Now, I'm not advocating this ::cough cough:: but I did my 1st three IV starts (including the wacky taping) on #1-My boyfriend at the time #2 My sister #3 My father.
Feb 20, '07Joined: Jul '03; Posts: 2,937; Likes: 2,388I feel your pain. To hear "just do it" when you don't know what to do just sucks! A little sympathy can go a long way for me. And a very patient person to talk me through it.
Another way to practice the juggling part of advancing the catheter and taping it down is to start an IV on a banana. Start it on the rounded side. It won't lie flat on a table so you have to keep a good hold it on like you would on a person. It gives that similar all thumbs feeling. And you can poke it again and again with the same used equipment.