How are you with needles?

  1. 0 so, I'm just curious, are there any nurses out there who can draw other people's blood or start IVs just fine but freak out when it happens to them? I just went to the doctor's office today and almost fainted from having blood drawn (granted, I had a fever of 101 and hadn't slept last night or eaten for the last day or two, and had just had other rather unpleasant tests done). my mom's whole side of the family seems to have a biological predisposition to being sensitive about these kinds of things...its rather embarrassing.

    did IVs make you uncomfortable before they became a part of your daily work?

    can you still be a good nurse with problems like this? I think it bothers me way more when its happening to me than other people, but I'm only doing pre-nursing classes right now so I've never gotten the chance to do something like this with someone else, aside from dogs. I used to work at a kennel, plenty of nasty clean up there, and occasional injections, and I managed those fine. I'm really hoping that means I'll be ok with patients, even if I'm not the stoutest patient myself.
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  3. Visit  feralnostalgia profile page

    About feralnostalgia

    From 'Little Rock, AR'; 27 Years Old; Joined Jan '09; Posts: 184; Likes: 218.

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  4. Visit  Virgo_RN profile page
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    I hate needles....in me. I don't mind sticking them in other people.
    Babs0512, LovebugLPN, NurseKatie08, and 1 other like this.
  5. Visit  Christie RN2006 profile page
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    I have no problem starting IVs or giving injections to other people, but if those needles are pointed towards me, I flip out! I almost passed out when I got my ears pierced!
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  6. Visit  kellykelly profile page
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    No they don't bother me.
  7. Visit  nrsang97 profile page
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    Needles don't bother me anymore. I have been having to give myself shots since last July off and on. I was trying to get prenant and had to do sub-q injections of hormones. Now I am on IM progesterone, but I have to have my husband or a coworker give it to me.

    Needles never really bother me before anyway, but now they bother me a lot less.
  8. Visit  chenoaspirit profile page
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    nope, I even let people practice IVs and blood draws on me. Its just a needle. A little sting, thats it. But then again, Ive been stuck so many times, Im used to it (multiple surgeries).
  9. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    I don't mind sticking people and I don't really mind getting stuck.

    The one thing I cannot stand having done to me is a fingerstick with a lancet for blood sugars. I hate having my fingertips lanced. It hurts!
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  10. Visit  flightnurse2b profile page
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    Quote from chenoaspirit
    nope, I even let people practice IVs and blood draws on me. Its just a needle. A little sting, thats it. But then again, Ive been stuck so many times, Im used to it (multiple surgeries).
    thats how i am too. i don't mind being stuck at all, it really doesn't hurt all that bad unless someone really screws it up. i looked like a heroin addict in paramedic school and in nursing school because i let alot of people get a try at an IV start on me.
  11. Visit  nightmare profile page
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    I don't mind sticking people and I don't really mind getting stuck.

    The one thing I cannot stand having done to me is a fingerstick with a lancet for blood sugars. I hate having my fingertips lanced. It hurts!
    Now I don't mind doing my fingersticks but I hate having blood drawn from me!!Always look the other way much to the PN's amusement!
  12. Visit  Lacie profile page
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    I had to recently draw my own yearly labs for my job as it was let the pct do it or do it myself. I work in dialysis and they may be used to a 14g in a huge fistula but leave my veins alone!!! I can handle needles it's vomiting I loose it with. Been hit with mucous plugs and you name it but someone to hurl I'm done lol, Dont feel bad as there are many nurses that have thier own phobias when it comes to thier own bodies when it comes to needles. You should hear some of my staff when they have to get thiers done. Had a few pass out too.
  13. Visit  WarEagle4Life profile page
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    Needles are just fine - as long as I'm the one in control of them. And I just despise fingersticks!!!!!!!
  14. Visit  woknblues profile page
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    Everyone hates the lancet finger stick. Too many never endings. Protip: Go for the side. Also, I get my clients to "inhale", and as they are inhaling, I stick. They are not tense during the inhale, I guess they assume you will stick once they are really prepared, and it is always a lesser reaction. I learned this observing dentists. They always ask you to inhale as they go under your gum line with a local. "Take a breath in through your nose..." *jab*

    I used to have a mild problem with needles. Didn't much enjoy getting them, could never imagine giving them. It ran in my family too. Got into nursing, faced it head on. I worked a couple of weeks during a vaccination drive at a clinic. Did hundreds of jabs. Also, I am now quite a good site spotter on any baby. Those tears are better than a debilitating childhood illness.
  15. Visit  CathyLew profile page
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    Ok, I don't mind IV's or getting stuck for Lab draws.... but I HATE IM shots! for some reason, I can actually hear that crunching thrugh my tissue as the needle goes in!!!!

    I can't watch if I get an IM shot... I have to sit down, and I get cold chills.

    when it comes to IV's I Should cringe! I have those veins that look great, but have valves and roll. When I came in for my Appy, the nurses in the ED played rocks/paper/sisors to see who had to start my IV! (It took 3 tries) When I had my Insurance physical, it took the Insurance nurse 5 tries to draw my bloodwork! At that point I was holding the vein for her, so she could fish for it with the needle! and I gave blood at the red cross.... it took them 5 tries to stick me!!!!! after that I started volenteering for new nurses that needes sticks. Let them get used to rolling veins. But I would not volenteer for an IM shot! Just bizzar on my part.

    Oh and I have no problem with needles myself. I used to work in an animal research lab. We had to start IV's on rabbit ears, mouse tails.... I am good with a needle. I would just rather have an IV than an IM injection any day!


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