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  1. Hi everyone!
    I am a new user, and wanted, first to say HI!!
    Secondly, I wanted to share a disheartening experience. Last week, I was getting my vaccinations done so that I can start my clinicals, which start next week!!! I can't wait, and I am so excited to start my path to becoming an RN. Anyway, I was in the office getting the shots, and I got a little nervous, as it has been a while since I have had any kind of injection. the MMR killed, and I kinda said "ouch" or something. I also got a little sweaty and weak. The nurse was so mean to me! She said "YOUR going into nursing!!! I hope that you're going into research." I couldn't believe it! I have been working so hard in my classes and putting my whole being into becoming an RN and this witch just says something like that! So I started to cry, and the she started lecturing me as to why, I guess because I was crying, that I would be too sensitive to be a nurse! I was so discouraged! I feel better, now, but I just couldn't believe her attitude. (I had also had a terrible day that day, so it didn't help!)
    Am I crazy to think that I can really do it???
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  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   WashYaHands
    Welcome to the board. Keep your chin up Good luck with your clinicals.

    Linda
  4. by   oh-agnurse
    No she was not sensitive at all!!!. What if you were to have a reaction there, or pass out? I gave blood the other day and God how I hate those needles, and boy did it hurt.I don't mind letting anybody know. It is different doing things to others, than having them done to you! We are all only human. You will find out if you can do it as you go along, but if you can get through it and can't tolerate certain aspects of nursing, just find your niche.
    Good Luck!!!
  5. by   rachel h
    First of all, welcome! I'm sorry that you had that happen to you. And no, you are not crazy to think you can do it. When I was going through nursing school I worked in a hospital as a nurse's assistant. You wouldn't believe how many of the nurses I worked with discouraged me from going into the profession! It is a lot of hard work, which I am finding out now as a new nurse. But I think the "mean" nurses are the ones who have burned out, feel stuck where they're at and haven't taken care of themselves. The most bitter nurses I worked with were the ones who wanted to retire but couldn't afford to- they were stuck. And they weren't going to go back to school for a new career at age 60. But I think in any job you will find negative people. You just have keep your chin up. Good luck. You can do it!
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    I am the biggest wuss when it comes to getting shots.
    I can give them til the cows come home but when I'm on the other end of the needle....
    anyway, welcome to the boards.
    You will do fine!
    -Russell
  7. by   santhony44
    What a jerk!

    In almost 20 years as a nurse I've given shots, started IV's, drawn blood... but I *never* watch that needle coming at me! Not even for my TB test!

    Good luck!
  8. by   Mkue
    welcome and good luck !!

  9. by   VickyRN
    I had a DOCTOR once as a patient, and he was GENUINELY TERRIFIED of needles/IV's of any kind!!!
    I remember the first time blood was drawn from me (3-hour glucose tolerance test)--I DID pass out (briefly).
    Being squeamish about needles, and being sensitive, has NOTHING to do with your qualifications for becoming a nurse.
    The only part of nursing that I thoroughly detest is the bullying and eating the young. That vulture tried to make you another victim--don't let her succeed in wrecking your confidence and draining your enthusiasm. You will be as good a nurse as you believe yourself to be.
  10. by   fedupnurse
    Welcome aboard! You'll do fine in school and i nursing! Don't listen to that mean old witch.
    I ha a patient once with piercing everywhere. Must have had 10 in each ear, his tongue, nose, eye lids, belly button, nipples and his penis. When we walke di with the IV tray he said, in all seriousness, "Oh, man do you have to?? I hate needles!!" I gave him the mirror in the bedside table, aske him to look at himself and then asked "you're kidding right?" He screamed bloody murder when we stuck him.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Welcome to you and don't let what she said get to you. I HATE NEEDLES---and get this, I had a literal PANIC ATTACK when I had my csection 3 years ago due to being tied down and having no sensation in my lower half. I was screaming to be allowed to sit up and saying I could not breathe in a room with about 10 nursing and medical students. How embarassing is THAT when they know I am a nurse? Welp, hey, we are HUMAN first and we have FEARS, LIKES AND DISLIKES like ANY human. Do not even let that dissuade you from your chosen path. You are HUMAN and this should give you sympathy for what your patients will endure. Hang in there.
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    welcome to the board. i am sorry you had to endure this kind of treatment. all the best to you in your endeavors!
  13. by   Brownms46
    I also have over 20yrs in nursing, and I can stick em with the best of them! BUT.... tell me "I" going to get stuck...and I'm ready to hit the door!!! I don't watch, and I will try my best to get out of it!! Don't you worry another min...about something said by someone...who should have kept their mouth shut! She as a nurse should have been encouraging you, not putting you down! I wonder how well she takes injections...:chuckle:!!
  14. by   kittyw
    Hello there Heather!!

    What a b%^&#!! Just ignore her.
    Plus there is a big difference between getting a shot & giving one!! In our clinical we had to give ourselves our first shot. Just a small needle with NS in it ... we had girls that were shaking & crying ... but we all did it! Everyone in my clinical group have made it so far.

    Have a great year!!

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