I just wanted to say, I signed up for this website because it has been a lifesaver for me getting through nursing school thus far.
I’m going into my junior year of a traditional 4-year BSN, and have only done fundamental work on peers and sim dummies.
I have always had a problem with this, and I am almost too afraid to ask because it’s embarrassing.
We did mock needle injections on skin pads and oranges, and I passed test out so I must have done alright, but I really struggle when filling a needle syringe with clear liquid. I have such a difficult time differentiating between what is air and what is liquid, and I feel it’s dangerous because I don’t want to be injecting my real patients with a bunch of air or less medication than what is needed because I can’t tell where the liquid starts and the air ends! On colored medications, I can do the skill perfectly and have no trouble at all. However, at the end of my semester last year, we had to do a SIM where we administered the flu vac to a “patient” (which was only a dummy, and we injected into a skin pad, not even the dummy itself) and due to it being an IM injection and the syringe being large, and it only being a 1.5 mL dose of clear liquid in a thick 10 mL syringe, I had a really difficult time filling the syringe, and ultimately just injected it into the skin pad, not truly confident if I was giving the right dose, so I didn’t hold up the rest of my group from meeting all the objectives of the sim. I know I could never do this on a real patient.
Could you PLEASE give me tips on how to differentiate the liquid from air and air bubbles, because it seems that no matter how many times I practice, I still have a very difficult time.