Anyone worried about throwing up or passing out? - page 6

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   eyeball
    I'm a first semester NS and seem to tolerate blood,pee,poo, ugly bedsores ok. But last week I changed a C-diff diaper and came close to being sick to my stomach. I kept turning my head over my shoulder to take gulps of fresh air. My clinical mates told me you could smell it all over the floor!
  2. by   DroogieRN
    I know this is sort of an old thread but I had to chime in. Today in clinicals my instructor let three of us observe a lumbar puncture. I was so excited to be asked to see and nurse and doc could not have been nicer -- kind to the pt. and explaining the procedure to her and to us...

    Well. The combo of that long needle (and I've had LP and didn't even really mind it), the sight of CSF just dripping out and the sound of her sobs (her tolerance was way down -- they had not yet been able to dx her and she was exhausted and in pain) got to me. Add to that, I had eaten nothing and had been up since 3 a.m. (dumb!). I was wearing supp socks and kept telling myself not to lock my knees...but my ears started to ring and everything started going dark. Still, I was able to turn on my heel and sit on a chair in the hall before the world went all the way black. I figured it was better to hit the floor in the hallway than in the pt's room.:imbar

    Anyway! My instructor chuckled and said not to worry -- she had said earlier that someone usually faints every semester. I never expected it to be me!:icon_roll
  3. by   ncemt
    For me it's totally an observing vs. doing thing. In the last 4 years or so, I've passed out a grand total of 9 times in medical situations. Three of those were after giving blood, but the rest happened when I was watching a surgery (far away from the field, thank God), seeing someone get blood drawn, TALKING to someone about fluid replacement (really), etc. For the record, I am also an EMT and a clinical assistant (basically the equivalent of a CNA at the hospital where I work), and have never ONCE felt like passing out on the job. I'm observing a CRNA this semester and have only gone down once (prior to the pt even being in the room- CRNA was telling me about infusing plasma and that was enough for me), but that was the only morning I had been unable to eat breakfast. For me the key to avoiding this "condition" is to have food in my stomach, stay as cool (temperature-wise) as possible, and make sure my mask is on fairly loosely if I'm in the OR. If you're really worried about it, order a box of ammonia inhalants from an EMS supply company and keep those with you- that's what they're for and they will pop you out of that pre-fainting nauseus sweaty state right away.

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