Full disclosure: new infusion nurse here!
I started doing home infusions (IVIG mostly) about 7 months ago. I got a per diem position on the IV team at my hospital a couple months ago. Since then I try to pick up at least one 3-11 or 11-7 a week to get the hang of it. I joined AVA and also read the INS journals too. I watched every Youtube video I could find related to vascular access.
Nonetheless I am struggling with the feeling of imposter syndrome, and in particular I am struggling with toddlers and babies. I've tried the wee sight, I have been able to find a few good veins in the hands and feet, but even if I somehow get the flash the IV won't thread.
I work in a relatively small community hospital and if I get paged to the nursery it's always for a baby that's in trouble. So not only am I brand new at it, but I have anxious doctors and nurses hovering and respiratory also working them up with the lab waiting for me to get done too. I am really struggling with getting past my anxiety and doubt in my ability to put IVs in babies. I only started doing IVs in adults 7 months ago, and I put in 15-20 IVs a shift for adults but babies I get paged for maybe 2x/ month. I never refuse to try, but after a couple failures I encourage someone else to try.
Other than just keep at it and one day it'll click does anyone have any advice or tips?