Please read!!!-Advice on Nursing fears

  1. HI! i will enter nursing school next fall, and the more I find out about nursing, the more fascinated I am with this field. But, I have one fear that i know i must overcome QUICK. I am really afraid of having to administer IV's. What if I can't find the vein and hurt the patient unneccesarily? I know as a nurse I will do this a lot, and it will eventually be okay, but I'm just wondering if because of this fear is it dumb for me to want to pursue nursing? Was anyone else like this and able to overcome it? Thanks!!
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   twish
    hi there! First of all congratulations for getting into your program!
    I just finished my 1st semester last Spring. I know how u feel regarding IV's, I've always felt jittery especially with needles but I didn't let that stop me from pursuing Nursing I'm sure your teachers will be supportive especially since they know that there are people like us who are a bit hesitant with needles and invasive procedures. You'll have lotsa time to learn the techniques and practice skills in your lab. If it makes you feel better, I'm so comfy with needles now that my heart doesn't skip a beat anymore when I have to do an injection. Don't let fear get into the way of your goals-- have fun learning k?
  4. by   Energizer Bunny
    I would have to say that this is high on my list of fears as well (though the list is long and growing more each day! LOL!). Everyone here always reassures me and that is what helps me start to gain confidence even now before school starts.
  5. by   purplemania
    we all fear what we do not understand, so you guys are perfectly normal. By the time you have to perform this skill you will understand the value of the task and that you are lucky enough to be helping this person get well. Do not let your fears (and they will be many by the time you graduate!) take control. Focus on what you need to be doing RIGHT NOW and let the future take care of itself. Once you feel secure in your knowledge you will be able to practice effectively.
  6. by   traumaRUs
    Great advice from all the above posters. You will be able to conquer this! Take care, congrats and good luck!
  7. by   KRVRN
    It's common for nurses have trouble finding veins once in awhile. You'll get better at it as you go. Don't let that deter you.


    :uhoh21:
    (And once in awhile the opportunity to start an IV on an unconscious pt presents itself... somehow it's easier to miss and repoke when the pt isn't staring at you)
    :uhoh21:
  8. by   Farkinott
    Quote from KRVRN
    It's common for nurses have trouble finding veins once in awhile. You'll get better at it as you go. Don't let that deter you.


    :uhoh21:
    (And once in awhile the opportunity to start an IV on an unconscious pt presents itself... somehow it's easier to miss and repoke when the pt isn't staring at you)
    :uhoh21:
    The same with suturing! Best place to start is with drunk people's heads. Hair hides any "novice" suturing.
    Good Luck!

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