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Mostly needles and open wounds. I'm more worried that I am going to pass out during clinicals, once I begin. Does anyone else feel like this? Every nurse I talk to seems to be steady and unaffected by these aspects of nursing. I think maybe it takes a special breed of person to be able to deal with seeing these things on a daily basis and not be as effected by them. Maybe I am just not that breed? I am just wondering if anyone else started out being concerned about this problem and eventually got over it? If so to what extent were they effected by it and how did they manage to get over it. I really want to be a nurse, but this is a big issue for me that is making me second guess my decision. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for writing me back nlctmrk107b!
I was very sqeamish when I first started. I remember going into A&P and looking at all of the eyeballs in the bucket and feeling like I was in the twightlight zone.
Then in my first semester of clinicals, I was in the OR and watched a nephrectomy....very bloody. I was really afraid that I might pass out. At first I was very nervous, but I slowly got used to it. After watching a few surgeries....needles, IV's, etc....all seem so less invasive, not much bothers me anymore. Stick with it, you will eventually get "desensitized."