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Who hasn't inserted a foley or NG tube yet?

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Just wondering. I start my final semester in about 3 weeks and I still have not done these skills yet. Just never had the chance.

Anyone else in the same boat?

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Just wondering. I start my final semester in about 3 weeks and I still have not done these skills yet. Just never had the chance.

Anyone else in the same boat?

Foley- YES

NG tube-NO

I have Med/ Surg 2+3 this semester...I am HOPING to get NG tube insertion but you never know.

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That's the thing, you just never know. I know people who graduate who have never done either. I hope at least to insert a foley next semester.

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Hey, my first foley was 7 months practicing as an LPN and I've still never done an NG tube.

If you're working with decent people - and most are - they'll show you how.

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locolorenzo22 is a BSN, RN and specializes in Ortho, Neuro, Detox, Tele.

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It's on our skills card as having to be done before we graduate, but if you don't get a chance, because the order doesn't get on until late or they come up with whatever....what can you do?

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I have yet to do either. I am entering my 3rd semester. That is one reason I was concerned with all my time being spent on bed and bath and not being able to do other skills. I am not above giving baths. They do not bother me at all but I think after you are comfortable and able to do this, your small amount of clinical time would best be spent trying to learn skills that only a RN can do and not the tech if you have one. I am well aware that nurses assistants have a hard job and not alot of time because I have been one. If I were a patient who had to choose a nurse who could give excellent baths or one that had experience inserting a catheter, I would choose the one who could insert the catheter. Just my opinion.

God Bless,

Mary Ann

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sumthnspecial specializes in L/D.

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It seemed like those skills were few and far between when I was in clinicals last semester. I am only heading into 2nd semester so I have time, but I was afraid that I wouldn't ever get the chance so I did an internship this summer. We still didn't get very many procedures on our med/surg floor so we were able to float down to the ER for 2 days. That is where I got my experience from. While I was down there I was able to do 2 foleys(male and female), an NG, and a few IM injections.

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Sillynicunurse specializes in Med/Surg ICU, NICU.

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I am halfway through my second to last semester and have yet to insert a foley or NG in clinicals. I work in an ED as a tech and have done a lot more than I have ever done in clinicals which includes plenty of foleys but we are not allowed to insert NG tubes but I have watched several and would feel comfortable inserting one on my own. Don't worry though we have 2 new grads and neither one of them had done a foley or NG in school and their preceptor walked them through both the first few times they had to do them.

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I finished my first year and haven't done either one. I'm really hoping to do some this year so I'm ready when I graduate in June.

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Just wondering. I start my final semester in about 3 weeks and I still have not done these skills yet. Just never had the chance.

Anyone else in the same boat?

Foley yes (Labor and delivery units)

NG know but I have done feedings.

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allantiques4me specializes in Brain injury,vent,peds ,geriatrics,home.

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Ive been a nurse for thirteen years and have never inserted an Ng tube.Some of these things you might learn on a job orientation.

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Josh L.Ac. specializes in Pain Management.

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Since the powers that be at my school feel that learning how to change a bed and give baths is equally as important as other nursing skills, doing actual procedures was a cherished rarity...until I had a supervisor for Adult Health II that worked in the ED.

I "accidently" missed a shift so I was forced to make it up with her in the ED. I did more procedures in that 8 hour shift than I did in my entire med-surg experience on the floor.

If you can get into the ED, do it. GI Lab is also a good place to do extra shifts because you get to practice IV's. I am finishing up my capstone in the ED and one of the main reasons why I chose the ED was so I could practice procedures like IV starts, blood draws, and foley insertions. I plan on working in the ICU and after attempting over 50 IVs in four weeks, I feel confident to try it on the floor.

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