I wanted to share with anyone who may be willing to read this post about a possible issue I might of come across before applying to nursing school
. As of right now I have been working on my core classes and I am pretty much finished with them once I get through this semester. I been doing really good in all them including anatomy and physiology. Lowest grade I had in all my classes was a B.
Anyways before I decided to become a nurse I was working full-time as an EMT running a lot of cardiac arrests, gun shot wounds, head traumas, etc. I really enjoyed my time working as an EMT and running those calls cause I learned a lot and never once did I ever feel sick or about to faint at the sight of blood. If anything I can have blood all over my gloves and would not be phased. As I have been making my way through schooling I wanted to start watching videos on surgery just for the heck of it. My first video I was watching was a heart surgery video and I started to feel sick, queasy and it forced me to stop watching the video. It was not the blood that was grossing me out but just the beating of the heart and watching the heart beat which is what I guess you can say did me in. But I can watch a video on head trauma and surgeons clearing out the pool of blood that is soaking around the brain and I can watch them drilling and cutting into the skull but that heart surgery did me in. When I was kid in middle school and high school I used to faint a lot in health class not due to seeing anything but for some reason my body just would overreact to one specific subject. That subject was the reproductive system for some reason. I do not know how to explain it but sitting in class talking about the reproductive system always makes my body feel numb, nauseas, faint like and sweaty. Its the weirdest thing and I never knew why it causes that but today it still happens but only in a classroom atmosphere. I can talk about the reproductive system all day outside of a classroom and would not be phased but in a classroom is a different story and I do not know why. I'm worried that since I can not handle certain surgery videos and have a bit of hearth anxiety when it comes to the heart, can i still become a nurse? I am just so nervous about the operating room cause I do not want to end up fainting on certain surgeries if that happens. The thing is I do not want to end up having to choose another career field cause of something so stupid like this. Another example is for the two months I started getting heart palpations that has lead me to see a cardiologist that hooked me up to a holter monitor. Of course it was normal but I guess its easy to say i suffer from a bit of health anxiety cause I really care about my health and i worry about something going wrong.
Just wanted to know if any nurses had issues with this and if they did how they overcame it? Too me it would be so devastating to end my career choice over something so stupid like these issues. Im such a good student with a 3.69 GPA and my AP teacher told me multiple times he wants to see me as a nurse. My ultimate goal is to be a orthopedic nurse practitioner by the way. I want to work with athletes who had injuries or veterans who lost limbs and needed a prosthetic.