Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Woah...we can DO that?!

Today we were walked through "competencies"- aka, with another nurse watching me the first time, I'll be able to do IV push meds, and...give blood. This is new. Never been able to do it before. SUPER intimidating.

But know what I wont be able to do? IVs. There's an IV team. While I totally understand that, in the interests of having experts do it, and reducing infections and such, I really REALLY wanted to be able to start my own IVs. After a year on my floor though, i can transfer to ER/ED or critical care. THERE you can do IVs. In the meantime, I'll have to ask nicely to practice on my friends.

Man-friend (yes, i have one now) is sick. Sniffling, coughing, not-running-a-fever sick. I am treating him with tea, backrubs, and only occasional sarcasm. If i catch it from him, I'll still have to go to work, but i'll be seriously guilt tripping him :-p


EDNurseasauras said...

In my opinion it is important to know how to start IV's. IV "teams" often get the axe when hospitals start cost-cutting. Maybe you would be allowed to shadow a team member for a shift or two at some point so you could get some practice?

Alpine, R.N. said...

Yep, they'll let me...and i'm SHAMELESS in begging for IV tutoring :-p