Almost passed out during clinicals!! - page 5

by fm1089

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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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    that B was just being rude and likes to put people down. i'm sorry she said that. my RN friend told me to always have a good breakfast with protein and iron (sprouted bread, egg whites, oatmeal, some kind of green and WATER!). the lack of sleep will definitely do that to you too. i had nurses telling me they still put vapor rub under their noses to avoid nausea or carry a cotton ball with lavender to smell to avoid feeling faint. i'm sorry that happened, but don't let it discourage you.

    GET IT, GIRL!
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    Two weeks ago, I almost fainted. I volunteer in the ER. I got to watch a doc insert a central catheter and arterial line. We were all wearing the isolation gowns. I was asked to hold pressure on the artery which he had poked unsuccessfully. After about 45 minutes of being in the room and holding pressure for 10 minutes, I started to feel the heat and almost went down. The RN caught me as I asked to get so e cold water. She was very supportive and didn't degrade me but she shared her experience of fainting in the ER. The doc asked me before if I was doing okay after the blood started spurting. Funny thing is I said I am fine with blood but squish a bug in front of me and I will get sick. I say it was the heat in the room and gown.
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    Remember that nurses eat their young. That nurse probably had someone make witty, smart !@# comments to her when she was younger and she couldn't wait to ridicule someone when it was her time. As you've read, everyone has had a couple of embarrassing experiences. There's a lot of ego in the hospital. Don't worry about.
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    I am in level 3 and during my L&D rotation I got light headed and clammy watching an epidural being started. But I can do wound care easily without having an issues. Funny how something we don't think will bother us is the one thing that does. Just ready for December to be here so I can be done with nursing school.
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    Ok, so I said a couple days ago (srsly... like, 2 days ago on this thread) that I'd never had a 'faint' moment, but I had one today.... yikes. I take metformin (for PCOS, not diabetic) but wasnt able to eat breakfast. Anyhow, standing in a patient room, passing out meds (nothing icky or gross or anything!!!) and I about hit the floor with a nurse, another student, and 2 patients in the room. Did a finger stick, they sat me down and made me have some OJ and a granola bar.... not a big deal, but I was pretty embarrased... AND THEN.... about half an hour later I tripped over another patient's O2 hose, about did a face plant while dang near pulling this poor guy outta bed. I was ready to go home for the day after that.... ha!
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    Oh no!!! Haha I jinxed you!! It can be so embarrassing to fall/trip/faint especially in front of patients. My clinical instructor put me back on the step down unit tomorrow to help me get over my squeamishness, so wish me luck!! Lol I'll need it, I'm scared it will happen again. I definitely don't want to be known as "the girl who passes out". But I am kind of excited to see how it goes tomorrow. Fingers crossed
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    Within the first 5 minutes of being at clinicals today I had to watch the same procedure that made me almost pass out the first time. I MADE IT!! I was so excited. I still got a little hot and sweaty but it was before the nurse even removed the dressing so I think I was just panicking that I would pass out again. I ended up being absolutely fine. My confidence is back!! Thank all of you guys so much for sharing your stories. I kept them all in the back of my mind and used them for encouragement. Couldn't have done it alone
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    When I was a very young nurse(about 21) I was doing evening care on a sweet LOL when a small mouse ran over my foot. I screamed and next thing I knew I was kneeling ON THE BED at my patient's feet with my white dress uniform up around my hips! I don't know who was more surprised, me or her. I extricated myself from her covers and tried to regain some dignity, but really? And I was wearing hot pink underwear with bunnies on them *oy~* After a few moments of silence, this sweet lady burst out laughing and said, "You just made my day." Always glad to oblige...
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    Ha, before I started nursing school I was an intern in a gynecologic clinic. I observed an endometrial ablation. First I felt okay, but after a couple minutes I got lightheaded and sweaty. I almost passed out and just made it out of the room in time. I had to sit down and I felt so bad. I think it was the sounds the instruments made that got me. Everybody was super nice and made me feel better. Later in my career I started working in a same day surgery clinic and we had procedures like that on a daily basis. It wasn't a problem at all.
    Don't feel bad. It can really happen to all of us.
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    Quote from fm1089
    Within the first 5 minutes of being at clinicals today I had to watch the same procedure that made me almost pass out the first time. I MADE IT!! I was so excited. I still got a little hot and sweaty but it was before the nurse even removed the dressing so I think I was just panicking that I would pass out again. I ended up being absolutely fine. My confidence is back!! Thank all of you guys so much for sharing your stories. I kept them all in the back of my mind and used them for encouragement. Couldn't have done it alone
    We have ALL had a fainting episode somewhere in our career. I was a brand new student and I was watching a cast removal in the ED when the cast came off because the guy was inserting stuff to scratch his leg there was an open sore....and in that sore were maggots!!!!!!!!

    As I struggled to maintain consciousness the MD talked about leaving them for they only eat dead tissue........BAM!!!!!!!!! out cold right to the floor. I knocked over an exam table with the saw and other "tools" in full view of a full emergency department.

    That was 34 years ago.

    Big thing EAT breakfast. Second BREATHE! Don't hold your breath. Spray one shoulder with a little perfume or a citrus fragrance and when you fell woozy smell your shoulder.....it helps it really does!

    Good Luck! You'll be fine!!!!


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