I have found that one of the hardest parts of being a new nurse is how everyone does things differently. It is hard to figure out what I'm supposed to do.
One of the biggest things I struggle with deal with the topic of IV administration. A few questions I have...
1. Say you are administering an incompatible push med through an already infusing line. Is it okay to standby the pump, give 10ml flush, give med, and 10 ml flush? I've seen some people say disconnect from line first, and then others say this could be bad for infection control.
2. Some people say to not use the same IV flush in between administering a push med. If this is something that is true, how do you deal with having so much stuff in your hands without setting anything down (since some say you shouldn't do that either). Can you set flushes down once they are out of the package if capped?
3. I've seen people dilute meds (solumedrol) by giving a few mL of the normal saline flush to patient and then sticking the blunt needle of the *actual* med into the rest of the flush. Is this okay to do?
Any advice would be helpful, even if it's telling me to calm down 😓