After 8 years of being a nurse, I have finally decided to be a travel nurse and currently in a process of talking to a recruiter to find a good first travel assignment.
I feel like I am a good nurse, work hard, adapt quickly and get along with everyone.
My biggest fear is... IV insertion!
my school never taught us how to insert IVs (BSN program) and all 5 hospitals I have ever worked had IV teams and they almost discouraged nurses to put our own IVs.
in short, I have never inserted an IV before! I want to practice at my current hospital but they always want us to call the IV team so I don't even get a chance. I talked to my educator about shadowing an IV nurse for a day but due to COVID, they don't allow that either.
I don't want to start working as a travel nurse, not knowing how to put IVs in and look "incompetent" as a travel nurse.
I know it's really silly to worry about it but I don't want to turn down a good offer just because the hospital doesn't have an IV team. and how do I even know they have an IV team before I talk to the hiring manager?
Maybe I am just being crazy.. anyone with a similar experience or a good advice?
please help 😞