Almost passed out during clinicals!! - page 4

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I'm a second year nursing student, and am currently in my med surg rotation at clinicals. The hospital I'm in now is much more exciting and learning oriented than the previous hospital I had been in. That being said, I'm seeing a... Read More


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    I saw a nursing student pass out while watching a lumbar puncture. No one made her feel bad about it they just took care of her. She's a great nurse now. When I started my first iv in EMT school the guy I stuck had to lay down and put his feet up. LOL It happens. I've had more than my share of nauseous moments and I've actually thrown up in front of a pt once (I had kidney stones). Don't let one snarky person get you down.

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    Yeah it sounds silly but I don't think I would have been as beat up about the whole thing if that nurse didn't kick me while I was down. As much as I wanted to brush it off like I didn't care, he really got in my head. It was almost like he knew exactly what to say to make me feel worse.
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    I can't say that I've been close to fainting (altho there's still plenty of time for that!) I have felt hot, and nauseaus, mostly for really bad wounds. Tunneling, to be specific. Everytime the nurse or whoever is using the q-tip to shove down in there and measure how deep it is (and in this really terrible nursing home, they're usually VERY deep....) that's when it tends to hit me, that not quite right feeling. SOme of my classmates have felt faint, and had to sit down, get some cool air.

    And as far as a sailor being afraid of water.... my dad gets seasick at just the mention of waves. He was a sailor in the Navy for 20 years, and a damn good one at that. Forget that rude comment, it happens to just about everyone.
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    I'm an l&d nurse who has to learn to circulate and scrub....I get dizzy and hot all over watching the sections. LOL. I've learned to focus on other things than watching the actual surgery, you'll be fine.

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
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    one of my batch mate nearly pass out last week while watching a nurse doing pre-morgue preparations to a patient that died right in there in front of us, as if that already wasn't traumatizing for the poor girl.
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    I didn't read all the responses but from my short experience, it may not even be all the blood and gore you think it is.

    If you are wearing a mask, that may be the problem. I almost passed out on two occurrences. One during my first surgery which was removal of cancerous tissue of the labia and surrounding lymph nodes. The second was insertion of a PICC line. Both were the only times I had every worn a mask for a long period of time. A little while later, I was given the opportunity to watch an open bowel obstruction removal and resection. I was really nervous before the surgery because I thought I was going to pass out again but I was talking to one of my classmates and she said to just focus on breathing.

    During the surgery, I did just that, making sure I was breathing and taking deep breaths every once in a while. Lo' and behold, I made it through the whole 2 hour surgery without a problem. Also, that surgery was more invasive than the previous two, with guts everywhere, so I knew I was not afraid of blood or anything, but rather putting my self in a self-induced hypoxia from not getting enough oxygen through the mask from shallow breathing.

    Try that next time and see if it works for you as well.
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    My first day of clinicals it took me 5 hours to go into the patients room... I skiped all her morning meds until noon cuz i was way too afraid of taking her vital signs...once i get the currage ( and my teacher literly pushong me in with the machine) to enter the room... The patient who only spoke chinese stares at me opens her legs and what do i have staging in the face the most hairy Vag*na i have ever seen and the lady starts screaming at me and pulling on her urinary cathether which i had no idea what it was at the time loll 3 months into my nursing studies... i ran right out and just panicked...ran to my teacher and told her i was done and disnt want to come back...So yeah... Loll dont worry...im now a graduate of may 2012 and full time working nurse and absolutely LOVE my job... Sure people and clinicals are gonna be hard on you and you WILL second guess yourself... But do yourself a favor... If it is your true calling just put everything asside and just beleive un yourself...!
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    Blood & guts totally gave me the hee bee gee bees b/f nursing school. I was told by my best friend's dad, who was a plastic/reconstructive surgeon, not to let that hold me back from pursuing a career in health care b/c you get over it. Even while in nursing school, I passed out while getting my own blood drawn. My gag reflex still works, but I'm over the passing out.
    You'll be okay. Good luck.
    Last edit by mariebailey on Feb 11, '13
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    I am a second year as well. The other day a nurse was watching a fellow student of min remove a PICC and she almost blacked out. This is something she does frequently but she said she had never really thought about doing it while she was doing it. She has been a nurse for 15 years. I figure if it can happen to her it can happen to anyone. A couple of weeks ago I was watching an ECT treatment which was done in a tiny closet of a room and I almost passed out because I was feeling so claustrophobic. Luckily I made it out of the room and sat outside the door for a few minutes and was fine. The nurse that said that to you was out of line. That's what they mean when they say nurses eat their young. Don't be too hard on yourself. Just remember this experience when you are working with students after you become a nurse!
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    You are so normal! I think I'm the abnormal one because I had a blast watching surgery and a vaginal delivery without the slightest hint of an issue. Of course I also like watching surgical procedures on TV so I think it's just something crazy about me.

    That being said, I almost saw a fellow student pass out. We were watching a vaginal delivery last semester and she has never given birth. I couldn't wipe the silly grin off my face and she looked gray as could be. She held tight on to my arm and steadied herself. When it was all over she excused herself to get a juice and a snack and felt much better after. New experiences are overwhelming and we only encouraged her that she was just fine and totally normal. Good luck!


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