Hello everyone. I have been checking out this site for several months now and have decided to post and join the community. I will be attending a BSN program for Nursing starting in just a few months. I have completed my nursing prereqs and will be starting to take nursing classes at this time.
I need advice because I think I have a problem-- the last couple of times I have had my blood drawn, I have fainted. I was sitting both times. I was also known to faint at the sight of my own blood when I was younger (so my Mother tells me). I have never fainted at the sight of anyone ELSE's blood. I see blood frequently at my job and it does not bother me the way that it bothers me to have my OWN blood drawn. I believe I may have Vasovagal Syncope Syndrome.
My question for this post is-- is it okay for a future Nurse (hopefully) to have Vasovagal Syncope problems? I have to have my blood drawn for school in a few weeks and this time I am very scared because one of the nurses at my nursing school
will be taking my blood and I am ashamed to faint in front of my own nursing school nurse! How will this affect my nursing if I'm scared to even have my own blood drawn?
Also, does anyone know of ways to overcome Vasovagal Syncope Syndrome? I only seem to faint when having blood drawn- but sometimes other needles do bother me a little also.
Thankyou for your help.
Oct 17, '06
I've got it as well, except mine's much worse. I had a positive tilt-table test back in summer and have fainted numerous times over the last three years. Mine is related to elevated BP and HR. I'm on proamatine for it, I couldn't deal with the orthostatic hypotension of a beta-blocker.
I've never yet heard of anyone being prescribed beta-blockers or similar just for syncope related to the sight of blood.
I would say try and relax as much as possible before you get your blood drawn, it MAY help. Eat your favorite breakfast, get a full 8 hours rest, have someone else drive you to the blood drawing (we all know driving elevates your HR lol). They're all isolated events, and it's good than you don't faint at the site of other people's blood. It stinks, but at least you don't get your blood drawn all that often.
Good luck to you!
Last edit by dano on Oct 17, '06