Anyone worried about throwing up or passing out? - page 4

Hi, I posted this question on a different thread but I probably should have put it on here. I REALLY want to be a nurse, but I have a history of almost hurling and almost passing out when it... Read More

  1. by   MissJS
    I am so glad that I am not the only one. I remember seeing a sacral ulcer in the OR. I got sooo light headed I had to sit down b/c "voices were getting too far away" as the Dr. put it. I tried looking in different directions, but that didn't help. Even after it was over I felt like my knees would buckle on the elevator back up. I'll def. be using some of the tips I've read on here. Plus, I used to never eat breakfast. Now I know better.
  2. by   hbgwan
    Quote from smilin_gp
    a medical student fainted into the sterile field.

    WOW! a med student? into a sterile field? what kind of havoc did that reek?? it'd be interesting to see how everyone, esp the MD reacted.
  3. by   Hulagirl4321
    I was the child that could not watch my father get his cholesterol checked (finger prick) at the mall without passing out.

    I never had a problem in nursing school...it's all in your head so to speak!

    There will always be something that gets ya...you just have to remember how sick these people are and how much they appreciate what you are doing. Suddenly things aren't as gross anymore :heartbeat
  4. by   hbgwan
    www.orlive.com

    you can watch surgeries there...pretty cool stuff. it's helping to desensitize me.
  5. by   mpoppym
    I have no idea why in the world I think this thread is so funny! Thanks to all of you for your stories that made me laugh out loud. I am actually a nursing school hopeful who is dutifully working on pre-reqs and normally dont read this forum. However, ...This very subject is my SECRET FEAR. Even though I have been a doula for years and have no problem with anything related to childbirth, I have a sensitive vagus nerve and have a history of passing out when I am upset or anxious over medical procedures being done to me.

    I cant just pass out once, no not me. If does happen, I will pass out over and over for the rest of the day. I truly believe its all in the mind. So I realize my fear is not of what is gross, its of actually passing out.

    Needles in strange places trigger it. Like eyeballs and Spines. So, helping a woman in labor is wonderful when they go natural. When they need an epidural, I kneel down Very Low, and look in their eyes. The support is just as much for me as for them, but they dont know that. And every single time, I recognize the feeling which is my cue (always the procedure is over with) to make an excuse to rush out for a minute which always cures me. I have never ended up on the floor in front of a patient which would be my biggest nightmare. However, I am not the nurse or doctor so I can afford to step out for a second or two.

    I want to be a CNM so bad that I HAVE to do this. (Little steps...I am only going for nursing right now) I feel so much better knowing I am not the only one concerned with these things. I have faith that time and experience will desensitize me to these problems. Thanks to all of you who are not too embarrassed to tell your stories.

    And honestly, for me, watching gore movies probably wouldnt help. I probably need people to stick me with needles a lot until I am over it.
  6. by   EJRN2008
    Well lets just say when emotions are involved like a family member it is alot harder. That is one thing that comes with the profession; sympathy to the point where you can feel the pain, at least that is what made me nauseated it took me a while to realize that and now I try to stay as neutral as possible but still be compassionate in providing care!
  7. by   Deni*
    I have changed colostomy bags, wiped bottoms, cleaned the "toe jam" from underneath elderly forskins, observed numerous OR procedures, cleaned purulent offensive discharge from an infected wound.........but the one thing that has sent me to the pan room for some quiet "deep breathing" excersises is a simple vomit. The sight, the sound and the smell of it disturbs me imensely. AND I have 3 children. I have just never gotton used to it. I am known to have a sympathy vomit with my kids every time they get sick...very messy.

    Anyway, now I offer a bowl to the pt and get them to press the call button when they are finished.....and think happy thoughts.
  8. by   victoriaphibes
    Quote from wnt2bacnm
    I have no idea why in the world I think this thread is so funny! Thanks to all of you for your stories that made me laugh out loud. I am actually a nursing school hopeful who is dutifully working on pre-reqs and normally dont read this forum. However, ...This very subject is my SECRET FEAR. Even though I have been a doula for years and have no problem with anything related to childbirth, I have a sensitive vagus nerve and have a history of passing out when I am upset or anxious over medical procedures being done to me.
    You know, that's a very real medical condition, having problems with vasovagal syncope. I was diagnosed about 6 months ago as having a positive tilt-table test for vasovagal syncope. My triggers are extreme heat and noisome smells...so I make sure to keep as cool as possible, and definitely wear a mask when going to take care of a "code brown" now. My doctor also prescribed Atenolol 25 mg qd for me, which has absolutely helped to lower my sensitivity to those triggers. If you can go for a tilt-table test, I highly recommend it. Learning that I have this condition and that it IS MANAGEABLE and it is NOT ALL IN MY HEAD has made quite a difference in my life!

    Just my worth...

    Cheers,
    Mary~
  9. by   wannabeRN2010
    Quote from lizzybeth
    Yeah, (watching) suctioning of a trache patient, or anything with gag reflexes and sputum involved make me want to lose it. But, I keep putting myself in those situations because I think The more I am around something, the more hardened up to it I become! Has not happened yet, and I find myself on the verge of hurling--but I keep trying to think of the patient and how humiliated they feel. So I kind of go into a different world to get me through it. Also, colostomy bags--my instructor put a vial of peppermint (opened, with a gauze hanging out of it) to mask the smell in the room during our changinging it, it helped. So there are ways of geting through smell disasters--but the visual and auditory things get me the most!!
    IN TIME--I HOPE!! ):
    I'm right there with ya, I have been a CNA for about 3 years and I am currently in an ADN program and NOTHING makes me gag, but the sputum. I can handle the blood, gore, and the smells... just not the sputum. EEWWWW! It is the one thing that makes my skin crawl. I can tolerate it, it's just the thing that gets to me. lol!!
  10. by   Jaguar Boy
    It's funny, when I was a kid, I would regularly pass out whenever I was in a hospital. Now I'm ok, I must have had low blood pressure or something.

    As far as odors go, I'm ok with most odors...but I think I'll keep a jar of vicks in my pocket at all times...I'm mostly not squeamish, but watching maggot therapy will probably make my skin crawl. Getting up close and personal with vomit will take some getting used to. I know for sure, suctioning will be no problem, I used to help the nurse's aide suction my former father-in-law. I don't know why my mind does this, but when I look at a full suction container, I get this mental picture of someone drinking it...THAT makes me queasy...gotta work on cognitive redirection there!
  11. by   mommy2three2
    I am slightly worried but I think I will keep some peppermint oil and vicks with me at all times.
  12. by   Brokestar
    Oh, I am so glad it is not just me. Blood and guts I am generally ok with but poop really gets me. I almost lost it my first term in clinicals and I was helping to bathe an elderly lady. Well the warm water stimulated things and there was no bucket under the shower chair so there were glops of fresh, soft, watered-down poo all over the shower floor. I was in the corner gagging with my eyes watering while the CNA I was with was scooping them up. Suppositories are another thing, when the finger comes out brown, yuck yuck yuck.
    One of my instructors however is "fascinated" w/ poo (her word, not mine) so I try to look at it as strictly a diagnostic tool because you really can tell a lot about the internal fxn of someone by their excrement...but still yuck!
  13. by   rnjls
    I'm worried about vomit. When people vomit around me, or even if it's on tv, I start feeling nauseus. When my kids would vomit, I would get three trash cans out, one for each of them, and one for me! I just hope that I don't have that reflex when I start clinicals.

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