Quote from RNstudent,wife&mom
I was wondering who inserts them for the most part LPN or RN? This is my biggest fear to overcome. Just wondering how to get over the first few times you do it? After that I am sure I'll be fine. :imbar
Have to tell you this story! I had been a nurse for about 2 years. Had put in countless caths by then and felt very confident. I usually worked on the eye/ears/nose/throat unit but this day I had been pulled over to a medical unit.
I had an admission that came in via the ER. She was a young newly married girl. Not a problem! Finally an "easy" cath.
I gatherd my equipment and headed on in there. She was non-responsive and had a terribly high fever (don't remember exactly) - she was also my first Toxic Shock pt. Hell, TS was "brand new!" at hte time.
Anyway, after gathering my equpment, prepping her and picked up the cath to insert and just stood there and stared. I had never seen one that looked like the text book before! I didn't know where to go with the cath! Because she was non-resposive, I had asked the NA to help me in case I had trouble managing her legs. It's a darn good thing she was there with me because it was her words "look for the rose bud" that brought me out of it so I could hit the hole!
We laughed about that for years. At that time I was the one many other nurses called for help with the older ladies when they couldn't find it. I got one of the "kids" and I couldn't find it!
I remember standing there still today. Now, looking back, hell, then looking back, it was so funny!
Don't get me wrong, pt care is not funny, but funny things do happen while caring for your patients.