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  1. Serenity Mirabito MSN RN OCN

    Surefire Tips to Starting the Toughest IVs

    I could feel the pricks of hot sweat begin to freckle my forehead. My armpits dampened as stress quickened my heart. I made one last prayer to the IV Gods as my shaky hand, armed with the spike of a 22g needle, aimed at what I prayed was a vein. "I...
  2. I know this is gonna sound like a weird question, but please bear with me. I'm going on almost my second year working as an RN. My first year was in Medsurge and I am now in women's services. I still cannot start an IV for the life of me. I feel like...
  3. Nurses are taught that critical care patients (gunshots to the chest or abdomen, car wrecks, etc.) need two large-bore IV catheters. This is a fact, but not all patients coming to the emergency department are critical care patients. What about someon...
  4. IV Pump VTBI and Rate

    Hi Everyone, I am currently in nursing school and I have a few questions about calculating the VTBI and the pump rate. 1. I often see nurses hang an antibiotic of 50 mls and they program the VTBI for 40 or 45 mls to make sure the line doe...
  5. This article does not apply to central lines, nor does it go into the theory of ultrasound technology. For in-depth knowledge of ultrasound technology refer to ultrasound textbooks. Do not be afraid of an ultrasound machine. Yes, it has many kno...
  6. The selection of products for regular hospital use comprises three pillars - safety, ease of use and equity. Safety being paramount for both clinicians and patients; however, there is no escape from the financial decisions that must be made to allow ...
  7. B52 cocktail

    I understand that Benadryl, Ativan, and Haldol are not compatible when given in the same syringe IV push. However, is it safe to give when they are mixed in the same syringe and given IM?
  8. Dear Nurse Beth, Do you to "burp" an IV bag prior to putting a pressure bag on it?
  9. Introduction When peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) became popular in the early 2000s, bedside nurses loved them. It was great for a patient to have a central line to draw blood and give intravenous (IV) meds. It was smaller in diam...
  10. Be kind to NURSES, We choose the size of your IV! Please feel free to share, like, tweet etc... ? Of course this is a total joke, no, we don't endorse unnecessary pain. Please share your comments below, please share any other funny nursing related sa...
  11. Nurses have ups and downs during their shifts, many times feeling the downs outweigh the ups. Isn't it great to be recognized for our successes - no matter how small? Share your feel good (or bad) moments...
  12. Help! Struggling with IV placement in hand

    I've been a nurse for about two years and just started working as an IV infusion nurse. In the past, I've had experience with blood draws and have started IVs a handful of times. I'm really excited about this position and I've been successful wi...
  13. Hello and first of all sorry for my bad English. I am a nurse student in Italy and right now I am on my first year. So, to get to the point quick.. From what I have learned ,we use Saline flashes(3 to 5ml) before and after we administer a bolus...
  14. IV Placement Hacks

    We all have our strong suits. What's yours? Maybe it's code management, mediport access, or another technical skill that requires just the right amount knowledge and finesse. There's always that "go-to" nurse on every unit. Staff turn to the expert o...
  15. I am actually a new grad. I haven't had tons of experience in clinicals to program new meds into a pump...Anyway the problem may be with my math skills. All other areas on the pump are pre-set in my facility. I haven't seen my preceptor program ...
  16. This is a spin-off from this thread: Student attempted IV 7 times, alone - General Nursing - allnurses® The common rule to IV attempts is that each practitioner gets two "attempts", and once 1, 2, or 3 practitioners have failed in their two "att...
  17. One of the biggest challenges we face as pediatric registered nurses is how to alleviate the fear and anxiety associated with getting an intravenous catheter or IV. As a pediatric nurse for over a decade, this RN has been witness to many different re...
  18. IV starts: Need tips!

    I am getting so frustrated with IV starts.... I try to go in with confidence! However I have hit a dry spell and am looking for tips from my fellow nurses on what works for you. Also my hospital uses the catheters (BD Nexiva) with the small length of...
  19. Student Attempted IV 7 Times

    Not sure where to post this but I saw something today in clinical that was just eating me up. My school has an agreement with a few clinical sites to allow students to return to clinical early, and I saw something today that made me very uncomfortabl...
  20. It probably happens to every Nurse ... the dream about the constant beeping of the IV. Almost every Nurse takes their job to bed with them and dreams about some of the craziest things. Nurses can't get a break even when asleep. Is this you? Have you ...
  21. Vancomycin IV solution changed color?

    This is my first time posting here so hello everyone! So my question is I was infusing vancomycin to a patient and I return after a while to notice discoloration to a reddish-orange color... It wasn't mixed with anything but normal saline and prior t...
  22. How To Start IVs In The Hand

    Hi all, does anyone have tips on starting IVs in the hand? At my new job they like IVs in the hand for certain procedures. In the hospital I worked they didn't like us to put IVs in the hands because of the nerve endings/pain and they usually didn't ...
  23. IV Cannulation Start

    I have 25 experience as LVN, but only one year experience as BSN, RN. I am horrible and very uncomfortable with starting IV's during my RN training/orientation rotation. I bought a nice IV arm and a 'slab of meat' on amazon to practice with, and al...
  24. Multiple doses in same syringe?

    Hi all, I just started working in an outpatient PACU and I already made a mistake =( 7 years as a nurse and the only med error I've ever made was giving 200mg IV thiamine instead of 100mg. I'm used to drawing up only the amount of a med I'm giving an...
  25. IV Fluids Infiltrated w/o pain?

    My patient last night had an IV in their forearm running ns @83 mL/hr. Pump ran w/o any alarms and patient stated no problems with pain or discomfort at the site. Around midnight I noticed that the patient's arm was abnormally swollen. Again, pati...