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I started my first IV last night

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Specializes in Oncology. Has 15 years experience.

One of the patient's central lines pulled out and the surgeon couldn't come replace it right away. So...I finally got to start an IV.

Good for you! We don't learn this in nursing school, and I can't decide whether I'm looking forward to it, or dreading it. Both, I think! My preceptorship is in the NICU and for sure I don't think I can start IVs in there - can you imagine those tiny tiny veins?

Roy Fokker, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER/Trauma.

Congrats! :)

May it be the first of many hundreds of successful IV starts to come :D

cheers,

blondy2061h, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 15 years experience.

Congrats! :)

May it be the first of many hundreds of successful IV starts to come :D

cheers,

Lol, probably not, if it took me 9 months to have my first need to start one ;)

blondy2061h, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 15 years experience.

Good for you! We don't learn this in nursing school, and I can't decide whether I'm looking forward to it, or dreading it. Both, I think! My preceptorship is in the NICU and for sure I don't think I can start IVs in there - can you imagine those tiny tiny veins?

You may be like me and never get to start them. I didn't get to do them in school and have no real need to at work.

kellykelly

Specializes in cardiac. Has 10 years experience.

Good job!

hypocaffeinemia, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care.

Good for you! We don't learn this in nursing school, and I can't decide whether I'm looking forward to it, or dreading it. Both, I think! My preceptorship is in the NICU and for sure I don't think I can start IVs in there - can you imagine those tiny tiny veins?

Why don't you learn an essential nursing skill in nursing school? :(

Aneroo, LPN

Specializes in Cath Lab, OR, CPHN/SN, ER.

Why don't you learn an essential nursing skill in nursing school? :(

Some schools leave it to the facility to teach this once orientation begins (don't know if it is school or hospital policy).

WTG on the line!

Roy Fokker, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER/Trauma.

Lol, probably not, if it took me 9 months to have my first need to start one ;)

Hey, at least now you won't be caught ala "deer in the headlights" when you have to start an IV on some one in the future :)

'Never discount experience' :D

cheers,

melz34

Specializes in paediatric and trauma. Has 3 years experience.

I have started 2 ivs in my job so far congratulations on your first successful IV

Edited by melz34
spelt IV wrong

WalkieTalkie, RN

Specializes in CVICU.

Congrats, it will only get easier from here! Well, most of the time anyway, but the first time is always the worst! :D

Multicollinearity, BSN, RN

Specializes in Acute Care Psych, DNP Student. Has 4 years experience.

Congratulations!!! :yeah:

Starting my first IV was a blissful experience. Literally...:D

blondy2061h, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 15 years experience.

Why don't you learn an essential nursing skill in nursing school? :(

One of the healthcare systems had too many complaints from patients and banned students from trying it in clinicals there. The other big system in this area has an IV team that does IV starts. The opportunity was never there at clinicals, and letting us practice on each other was strictly against school policy. I kept hearing, "You'll learn it in orientation," but working in BMT, we rarely use peripheral IVs and I never did learn it.

whipping girl in 07, RN

Specializes in ICU, nutrition. Has 7 years experience.

I started one IV in nursing school, and very few in the ICU. Just no opportunities. Now I only work PRN, but I'm better at IVs now than I was when I worked in there full-time! How weird is that??

can't wait to start my 1st IV

Multicollinearity, BSN, RN

Specializes in Acute Care Psych, DNP Student. Has 4 years experience.

One of the healthcare systems had too many complaints from patients and banned students from trying it in clinicals there. The other big system in this area has an IV team that does IV starts. The opportunity was never there at clinicals, and letting us practice on each other was strictly against school policy. I kept hearing, "You'll learn it in orientation," but working in BMT, we rarely use peripheral IVs and I never did learn it.

Wow, I continue to be grateful for my nursing school experience. We were starting IVs and giving IV push meds in second semester.

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