Starting IVs is one of the most exciting skills new nurses learn, and it can also be one of the most difficult nursing techniques to master. While threading a plastic catheter into a vein may seem straightforward when reading about it in a book, in practice, many things can go wrong or make the process more difficult. You may hear many nurses talk about “blowing a vein” when they were not successful in an IV start. What Does It Mean to Blow a Vein? Blowing a vein means merely that blood has … [Read more...] about What Does It Mean to Blow a Vein?
Nursing is a complex profession. It is a combination of knowledge and skill that come together to deliver patient care. Many nurses find that they can learn much of what they need in the classroom. However, there are many technical nursing skills that are best mastered with a “hands on” approach sometimes in the lab, but usually at the bedside. IV Sticks Many hospitals have a policy that states that if the patient is admitted the an inpatient setting then they are required to have IV access. … [Read more...] about Nursing Techniques That Are Best Mastered Hands On