I have a question about starting IVs. First off I would like to say thank you for the video on how to find a vein. I actually found this site from YouTube and so glad I did. Sarah you are awesome! I am reviewing all of your video through your channel, especially the dosage and calculations and skills videos. They are a super big help!!!
Now regarding my question, I feel that my nursing program has not really prepared me for starting IVs or drawing blood. We just learn the basics and if we are given an opportunity in clinical to try to start an IV (which is not the often) we get a chance to try.
However, I have yet to successfully get one. My instructor says that the vein keeps rolling (not sure what that means). So what tips can you give me so I don’t “roll” a vein or miss it completely? Also, one time I got it in the vein but it messed up when I tried to put in the cannula. I am so frustrated. Thanks in advance for your help!
Update: this video about finding veins may help new nurses learning to start IVs: