Hi all, I am a new Nurse Tech in the ER. My position allows me to do all of the things that I have checked off on in Nursing School. Along with that I must do the Tech duties (changing sheets, taking specimens to the lab, etc.). The people who are precepting me are all basic EMTs so they are not able to do a lot of the things that I have checked off on.
My problem is, I feel like the nurses don't want to give me the opportunities to do things. When ever I see someone getting ready to start an IV (which is the only thing I have seen done that is a "skill" I can do, we are a pretty slow ER unfortunately(fortunately? LOL) I can ask them if I can try it but a lot of the nurses seem to just want to get it done instead of letting me try. One nurse said, "sure go do it" but geez I am still really new and may need some guidance, KWIM?
So, I can do lots of skills (have a big list but the main things we do are splint, foleys, and IVs) and I understand if the person has one good vein that the nurse will want to do it but I feel like they aren't really giving me a chance. So, how do you, as nurses, feel when a new tech approaches you to do a new skill? Is there a way that is better than others to approach them besides "hey can I try that?".
I mentioned really briefly to my boss and she said just tell them, "hey I want to do that" but I feel like a lot of the nurses aren't really receptive to me yet because I am new. Should I just give it time or what? Any advice will be really appreciated!!