A friend of a friend called today to find out if it was possible to be a nurse or medical assistant with a fear of blood. Apparently, yesterday in class (she's going to school for medical assisting) they started doing phlebotomy training and she got sick/passed out/got lightheaded (something along those lines). The instructor told her to get with it and that she couldn't possibly be a med assistant with a fear of blood. Then she asked her, in front of the whole lab group supposedly, what do you do during your menses? That's five straight days of nothing but blood. She said that the instructor was insinuating that perhaps her fear lied in needles or perhaps the lack of confidence in the skill itself. I kind of agree with the instructor that it must be an underlying issue because the instructor made a good point about the monthly cycle. I told her I don't know for sure but anything is possible. She now is afraid that she is going to get kicked out of the program although I told her it was highly unlikely. I have an aversion to phlegm and, heck, mucus as a whole but I made it through nursing school and I just work through my issues when faced with them. What do you think?