thinking of nursing as a career

  1. Hi everyone, I'm new on here but figured this is the best place to post any worries I'm having about choosing nursing. This summer I graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology. I like challenges, love helping people and want a career where I can do that every day. I'm currently trying to figure out what I want to do with myself while working as a receptionist. Nursing interested me in high school, but once I found out about IV's I ran the other direction and pursued my dream of transferring to UCLA. Once graduation got closer I began thinking of nursing as a career again. I'm currently taking anatomy and I'd only have 2 other prerequisites to complete before I could apply to nursing school (if I chose nursing). My main concern is getting over my "fear" of IV's/tubes, I really don't think the other things would bother me, however, whenever I tell people this the common response is "how can you be a nurse if you are scared of iv's etc" or "it's only going to get worse" urgh....In the mean time I'm sending out applications to become a nursing volunteer so I can get a better perspective on all of this. Any advice would be appreciated ! Sorry if this is too long and all over the place.
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   mrscurtwkids4
    I think the best way to get over the fear is to face it. I am a senior year nursing student and I was sooo nervous about having to give an IM injection. Well, during this semester, we did a community health clinical rotation and we had to do a flu immunization clinic. What an experience that was!! I think every nursing student should have to do one! After giving over 50 IM injections of vaccines, I feel like an old pro at it. Granted, the first couple people I had it was hard to actually go ahead and stick them, but I started getting more confident with each one that I gave.

    I feel it can always be good to have a little healthy fear in us about certain things. Especially those things that can be dangerous to the patient. This way we have a tendency to be a little more cautious and not get too comfortable with them. It seems that when you get too comfortable with something, it's then that you are liable to make a mistake. If IV's are your biggest concern, I bet you'll do fine, because there are lots of other things we have to do that you might have to get used to also...lol. Good luck in whatever you choose!!
  4. by   short&sweet
    Thanks for the advice! I think a part of me really wants to face my fear, because I'm not scared of getting poked but I'm mostly concerned about doing it to someone else. I was actually thinking of taking a Phlebotomy class after this next semester so I can prepare myself and conquer my fear. Thanks again!
  5. by   mvanz9999
    I agree with the first reponse. A phlebotomy course is an excellent idea. I have had my fears over the years, and I discovered the best way to get over them is to continually expose yourself to them. I doubt giving IV's is going to be your favorite thing ever, but I think after 100s or 1000s, you will quickly get over that.

    One fear I head was being deathly afraid of heights. Spending several summers atop a very unstable cherry picker got me over that quickly. Still not my favorite thing, but I'll volunteer if it's needed.

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