Almost passed out during clinicals!! - page 6

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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    I can't believe that nurse had the nerve to say a comment like that! But then again, like someone wrote before, nurses eat their young. I'm currently a BSN student now but prior to while volunteering at a hospital I had a fainting moment. It scared me! I doubted if I should even continue going to nursing school! I was working in PEDs and assisting one of the nurses. She was taking blood from one of the kids and couldn't find a good vein. She tried the patient's arms, legs, etc. Watching her and the patient's face got to me. Within minutes I was pale as a ghost! When she exited the room she told me how normal it was to feel that way!! We're only human!!
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    OP, I pride myself on my "poker face" and my ability to get things done even with the grossest of patient body fluids, procedures etc., but I have still almost lost it on more than one occasion- a few times in school and one just a few weeks ago.
    I had a patient who came in after a home birth and had a 4th degree lac from essentially bladder to anus. It was gnarly looking and she came into the ED to get it repaired. Well I come in to "help" the nurse midwife who was stitching her up, and what happens? During the numbing of the wound- something I've seen tons with other wounds- this girl is writhing in pain r/t the numbing plus her huge perineal lac and I start to feel my face get pale, start to sweat, vision starts to go dimmer...
    I excused myself and sat down in the nurses station with a coke for a few minutes. It happens TO EVERYONE! Do not be ashamed!
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    I love these stories!

    Our know-it-all, 'I know everything about OB, la-la-la, I am awesome' student reportedly passed our scrubbed into a c-section. All of our OB clinical instructors currently work on that unit too. I'm sure they all had a good laugh about that one.
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    I almost passed out when I watched someone getting an IV during the end of my first semester, AN IV FOR GOD'S SAKE! idk what it was about the situation that made me feel that way, but after that I was fine. I love doing IVs now and I look for every opportunity to do them, and that lightheaded feeling I got that day never came back again (unless someone is trying to start an IV on ME, then for sure I'll pass out lol).


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