No needle nursing?

  1. Hi! This is my very first post so im not exactly sure how this works, but I have been trying to figure out what I might want to do as a proffesion. Im only in high school but I love helping people and especially children or babies Anyways, I have been thinking about nursing lately but wasnt sure if i could get over my huge fear of needles!!! Is there ANY type of nurse who doesnt give needles? Or should I choose a different career?
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  3. by   Sun0408
    In clinicals it is very hard not to deal with needles. That is part of your check offs and skills that you must master. However, even if you could get through all the years of nursing school and clinicals without dealing with needles you will be in contact with them as a RN. Many "non- clinical " jobs require some prior nursing experiences.. I do think this is something you can over come. The needles are not coming at you LOL..

    Oh wait, do you get vaccines?? This is required by many schools and hospitals..
  4. by   Bruce_Wayne
    Mostly I think you can overcome your fear of needles, especially after you poke a few people and realize that even the deepest biggest needle doesn't hurt the poker, lol.
  5. by   ChristineMP
    There are plenty of things nurses can do that do no involve needles...however, you will not get through your nursing school clinicals without having doing something with a needle and a person.

    My advice is...get over it I used to have a HUGE phobia but I decided I wanted to be a nurse more than I wanted to let fear control me. One thing I did...i donated blood...cried, wanted to throw up (after taking 4 hours to talk myself into it)...but I did it.

    I now give insulin shots every shift without a second thought
  6. by   nursemaybee
    Yes, I have to get shots every once in a while, but i dont do it very willingly....... Thanks so much for responding, i guess its something that must get over! Hopefully with time and practice I will get better, because I would love to be a nurse!
  7. by   TiffyRN
    Fear of needles can be overcome. I went to nursing school with a couple of people that were sensitive about needles. Though I never really had a fear of them, I find that if I do have a problem, it's when I'm not the one holding the needle, for example, if I'm assisting someone else to use it. If I'm in control, I am focused on the task and have no problems.

    It's pretty tough to get through nursing school without wielding a needle.
  8. by   Pixiesmom
    You can get past this! It is SO better to give than receive. I still don't care for having needles pointed in my direction but I've learned not to watch if I'm on the receiving end.
  9. by   yuzzamatuzz
    I never was "scared" of needles but I never was able to watch them do it, especially when I had to get an IV or draw blood. It just grossed me out more than anything. To this day, I still turn my head when they draw blood on me. But it doesn't gross me out at all when I do it on someone else. You won't be able to avoid needles but you'll get over it. I imagine that most people don't particularly like needles before they become nurses.
  10. by   hiddencatRN
    I used to always have to turn my head when getting a shot or having blood drawn, but now I watch to see if I can learn anything from their technique.

    You can get over it, really and truly. If that's all that's holding you back, I say go for it.
  11. by   Esme12
    Quote from nursemaybee
    Yes, I have to get shots every once in a while, but i don't do it very willingly....... Thanks so much for responding, i guess its something that must get over! Hopefully with time and practice I will get better, because I would love to be a nurse!
    Welcome to AN! The largest online nursing community!

    Honey..... Nobody LIKEs needles. You have so much growing and maturing ahead of you. It will be something you will get over. There is a difference between being stuck and doing the sticking.

    As much as you love helping people. Nursing is a hard profession. Nursing school is a hard school. Caring for babies is also very hard and they will require needles too. You are young....just on the brink of an amazing life.....if you really want to be a nurse you will be one. Nursing is the reality of humanity in all it's glory and ugliness........It's a gut wrenching, heart stopping and rewarding journey.

    RubyVee a frequent writer on AN wrote a great article.
    Do you want to be a nurse? There's more to it than a calling. Here are some questions to consider.

    Visit our forums and hear what the student and nurses have to say. Remember that some come here to vent after really bad remember when it is all said and done they go back to work the very next day and continue on being the nurse they have always wanted to be.

    AN is here when you need us Good Luck!!!!
  12. by   sauconyrunner
    I will have to say it does seem that ED nurses and Paramedics really rather like needles. Some days we sort of delight in putting the biggest needle we can find into a patient (that needs a big trauma, or pre-transplant).

    I hate needles. I recently had some blood drawn for a cholesterol check. They drew it with a tiny little butterfly needle and I still was feeling the pain. Despite that...I was an Emergency Dept Nurse for 11 years.

    My thoughts, read the article mentioned above, and also write down ALL the things you like about being a nurse, and then be sure it doesn't match any other job description. Good Luck!
  13. by   shay&lynn
    i giving shots!

    i was nervous at first to give one in clinicals, but i had practiced so many times in lab and was very confident to do one.

    i was scared at the fact that if i 'darted' my patient, what if the needle felt like it was hitting a brick wall and wouldn't go in?

    my shots consisted of subq's, they went in with ease ...

    are you afraid of being poked or rather poking someone else?
  14. by   yuzzamatuzz
    One more thing to add unrelated to needles... don't limit yourself to pediatrics right away! Almost my entire 90 person nursing class started out thinking they wanted to do peds. At the end only 5 of us really wanted to do it (I actually wanted to do adult burn ICU when I first started school and now I am absolutely in love with pediatrics). You have to deal with kids who are dying, debilitating congenital disorders, parents who are very very nervous, and kids who think you are the worst thing that ever happened to them because you are wearing scrubs. You have to be willing to do CPR on a child, pin a child down to get an IV into them, and provide end-of-life care to a child and their family. With that said, pediatrics is an amazing specialty. You see the best of the best and the worst of the worst. You see kids finally get heart transplants and premies who grow up to live normal lives. As a pediatric nurse, I would love to have you join my specialty some day. But don't limit yourself to that just yet. Experience everything that nursing has to offer (and believe me, there's a lot!). Be open minded, learn everything you can learn, and choose your specialty later on. And once again, don't worry about the needles ;-)