Boobaby, when I read your post it was like deja vu all over again!!!
I had to give my first IM on a patient who I wasn't even taking care of in clincal that day. So, I didn't even know the poor lady......and of course, she didn't know me either. My instructor introduced us and asked her if I could give her her injection. The very brave woman said yes! Of course, it took me about 3 hours to draw it up, being very careful to use sterile technique, getting all the bubbles out, checking to make sure it was the right med, right patient, right dose, etc (about 16 times!!).
Finally, we walked into the patient's room together. Me, holding the syringe like it was a nuclear bomb, and my instructor looking like the big know-it-all that she was!! The patient graciously rolled over onto her side and bared her buttocks. Oh my gawd, then I had to remember where the d*mn needle was supposed to go!! I got out my triple AAA road map and figured it out, made a mental note and uncapped the syringe, all the while holding my breath. I think I said something like, "all righty here we go, 1-2-3" and I put the needle in. Then, while my hands were shaking like I had had too much to drink, I injected the med (can't even remember what it was!). The minute I was finished, my instructor practically pulled me by the arm out into the hall and said, "THAT WAS THE WORST INJECTION I HAVE EVER SEEN. YOU PROBABLY CAUSED THAT WOMAN INCREDIBLE PAIN." Well, it's a wonder that I'm not working behind the counter at McDonalds to this very day. I was devastated. I was a mess for the rest of the day in clinical.
But, before I went home that day, there was one thing I HAD to do. I went into the patient's room and apologized. And she said to me, "Honey, I don't know what you're so worried about. I didn't feel a thing!" :roll
Just goes to show ya.......nursing instructors don't know EVERYTHING!!