IV check-offs!!

  1. My clinical group had to be up at the school at 8:30 this morning to check off on starting an IV. We had to pair up and start them on eachother. I was so nervous and spent half the morning in the bathroom...then ended up having to wait until after our 10 o'clock lecture to try, because we ran out of time.

    Well my partner is nurs2b and I have horrible tiny veins, so although her technique was great, we think my vein collapsed, so she didn't get to actually hook up the fluid.

    Then I got to try on her. She has invisible veins. I attempted, was unable to hit it (and I'm sure it hurt her), so my instructor told me to pull it out and that I would try one on her.

    So...much to my dismay, I was about to start an IV on my clinical instructor! She has wonderful veins and it was actually very easy. I got all excited once the blood started to flow back, I hooked up the solution, taped the whole thing down, OP site and all...and forgot to take the tourniquet off!! LOL! She finally reminded me. I was like, "why didn't you say something??". I was so excited about getting the IV running, I forgot something simple...but she didn't hold it against me, so I pass! YAY!!
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  3. by   CountrifiedRN
    Congrats on your first stick!

    Just had my first recently too!

  4. by   Jennerizer
    Great job!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!
  5. by   Ortho_RN
    Hehe... it didn't hurt too bad Just the wiggling around
  6. by   OBNurseShelley
    i had been workign for about 6 mos, and left a tourniket on and my friend came in the room i was complaining about it not flowing very fast and she ever so slyly comes over and takes it off , so dont worry even experienced nurses do stupid stuff
  7. by   emily_mom
    I did that my first time too, but my instructor didn't notice...and I did it on her!!!