My dream has always been to work in the ER. I have 1 year of med/sure experience and I just landed a job in the ER at a level 1 trauma hospital. I am beyond ecstatic however I am very worried I won't be able to handle it. I have never been grossed out or queezy about seeing anything. However I passed out once in nursing school
watching a lumbar tap. I didn't even think it was going to affect me at all, if anything I was excited to see a new procedure. But as soon as I saw that needle go into the back I immediately passed out. I was completely mortified. I thought that maybe it was just a one time thing but then my next semester I witnessed a central line being placed. The physician was having difficulty placing it and after the third attempt I fainted. Again I was embarrassed beyond words! I have realized that I have a problem with seeing skin being punctured. I am completely okay once the skin is open but there is just something about watching it being done that gets to me and I have no idea why. And now whenever I even think about it I get dizzy and a faint feeling. I am worried that I am going to work myself up so much to the point where I will faint anytime I see anything like this in my ER job. I don't know what to do and I don't want this to hold me back in my career but I am not sure how to get over this problem. Please any advice would be great!