Today, I wasn’t successful in starting an IV on my L&D patient, and my instructor handed my a** to me. The nurse happened to be there in the room while it happened. She came to me when afterwards, and taught me how she practiced IV’s as a nursing student.
She took some IV tubing, and cut approx. 3” of it, and taped it down as shown in the picture. She used an 18 gauge cath, and told me to keep practicing the technique. Although the tubing is stiff, it’s probably the most realistic and cost-friendly way for broke nursing students to practice on their own time. She said once she did this about a hundred times, all she had to worry about was finding a “good” site, and everything else “came naturally”.
I’m so grateful that this nurse took time out of her busy day to come offer me some tips and tricks. I showed my instructor and fellow classmates when we had some downtime, and we all found it brilliant, and wondered why no one has thought of this before.
She also taught me a lot of other tips and tricks, but I’ll post those another day… ;)