I just wanted to rant about my OB clinical day and how stressful it was. A charge nurse came to me and told me to get my professor to draw labs on a triage patient today. Ok cool! Practice for me. I talked through it with my professor since it has been 8 months since I've started an IV or drew labs. I haven't had much time or opportunity to practice on a weekly basis in nursing school so I felt a little on the rusty side today. As soon as we walked into the patient's room I could immediately feel that I wasn't wanted because I'm a student and they were probably expecting someone with experience to draw her blood. Totally understandable. I would feel the same way. I couldn't see any of her veins with a tourniquet on and could barely feel the two veins that were parallel to one another. My instructor said "oooh, this is a good one here" and I had to go by what I was feeling since I none of her veins were popping. The problem was her vein curved to the left and I had to go in straight, then angle the needle to the other side. This was only my 2nd time drawing blood since last semester in nursing school (We had 4 months off in the summer) and I feel like a total failure! I punctured the other side of her vein even when I tried to go at a certain angle and my professor called me out in front of the patient saying, "you blew the vein. Ma'am would you like for me to stick you this time?" She said, "Yes, please." I was so embarrassed and still feel like a horrible human being because I absolutely did not intend to do that. I really feel terrible because I feel like the patient and her family hates me and my professor thinks I'm stupid. I know I need to practice more but I'm literally terrified to stick someone else again. To make matters worse, I had to use an 18 gauge needle to draw all of the labs, so I'm sure it didn't feel to good!! I'm afraid to keep practicing because I don't want to hurt someone, but I know it's the only way to get really good at something. Has anyone had something similar happen to them and can relate? I feel like I don't have support in my nursing program either.