Can't handle certain surgery.

  1. Hello community,
    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.
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   Luckyyou
    Don't be a CVOR/CTICU nurse. Done.
  4. by   Cvepo
    If that's the only thing that grosses you out, I'm confident you're faring better than many nurses already working. Do what Luckyyou said, and just avoid units where you work with those types of things. No need to change career paths...
  5. by   Here.I.Stand
    If your program has an OR day, I would make sure the staff know about it -- THEY don't want you to faint either. There are likely non-heart operations happening for you to observe. Otherwise, like the others said just don't apply for jobs in the OR or CVICU.
  6. by   SaltySarcasticSally
    Bad ortho stuff makes me quesy. Mostly bones sticking out or even non ortho related wounds where you can see down to bone....gets me!! Its gotten better over the years but I certainly will not ever work ortho. Just don't work surgery and you will be fine!!
  7. by   NYCNative21
    Hey Luckyyou,
    Honestly I feel stupid posting this now. I had no idea Nurses have the ability to choose what they wanted to specialize in. I just thought when you apply to the hospital they will put you wherever they feel is needed.
  8. by   NYCNative21
    Hey Cvepo,
    Yes it actually kinda makes me surprised at the thought of that being the only thing that grosses me out. When I was working as an EMT and dealing with patients who vomited and pooped themselves I never really got grossed out. Yeah the smell sucked but after a minute or two I was able to handle myself. Im very weird honestly, watching surgeries other than heart surgery is pretty easy for me but have to get blood drawn sucks cause I can't look lol but I can take peoples blood all day without a problem.
  9. by   roser13
    I'm guessing that the reproductive issue may be related to the subject matter? Conversations about reproductive health lead to talks about sex and maybe there's a part of you that's still learning to discuss these things as an adult.

    So yes, just do not become an OR nurse. Easy peasy.
  10. by   NYCNative21
    Hello Here.I.Stand,
    Im almost positive my future nursing school with have an OR day, I am not sure for certain thought cause I have been accepted into any yet. I will for sure let they know. I was just nervous at first telling them or advising them cause I afraid they might see me different or wonder why I am even pursing nursing. Thank you replying to my post!
  11. by   NYCNative21
    Hey SaltySarcasticSally,
    Oh wow!? See for some reason bones sticking out does not phase me one bit. If anything I think its cool and would be fun to fix up (not meaning I wish for it to happen lol). Seeing wounds far into the bone does nothing for me either. Ive seen burns to the bone that I thought looked cool and I saw gunshot wounds to the bone and never phased me. Thank you for commenting on my thread and sharing your thoughts and experience! I really do appreciate it
  12. by   VaccineQueen
    Sounds like you'd just prefer ER nursing...
  13. by   NYCNative21
    Hey VaccineQueen!

    Uhmm well its kinda hard for me to say right now cause I really have no experience in any fields. Not sure where I would really prefer to be but when what I do know is I would love to be a nurse working in sports medicine but I am not sure if thats possible. I wanted to be a physical therapist before choosing nursing but didn't like how it was changed from masters to doctorate.
  14. by   tsm007
    Blah. Surgery grosses me out too. I can deal with gushing wounds, but the slicing an incision I almost always have to look away. The idea of standing in a room with a mask over my face makes me claustrophobic. Kudos to the OR nurses, I'm not knocking them. I just have no interest in that. Lots of different areas of nursing out there. Every nurse here will have something they really don't like and something they really do. Pick the areas you like.

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