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- by pna2388 Jun 23, '10Hi, I am a rising 4th year nursing student doing a project for a statistics class and am designing an experiment to see if there is a correlation between being a nurse/nursing student and donating blood. I would really appreciate any responses to the poll! Also, feel free to leave comments, especially if you are ineligible to donate, I would be interested to know why. Thanks!
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- Jun 23, '10 by LindseySmithI do not, as I have tattoos, and the wait is 12 months in a unregulated state, which is most of them. I usually get some sort of tattoo work done each year!
- Jun 23, '10 by pitayaI don't because every time I have gone in to attempt to donate blood, I am ineligible due to me traveling around in a 3rd world country on a bus. I travel out of the country every year and I don't just stay in one spot, so they have to look up all the places I've traveled to on a map, and then I'm ineligible, so I have just stopped trying! Oh, and the one time I would have been eligible, they told me my veins weren't juicy enough. I have decided that no one wants my blood, even though I am the universal donor, so it's not worth trying anymore.
- Jun 23, '10 by gpatryI'm ineligible because I lived in the Netherlands and the rules state here that if you stayed in that country (as well as many other western European countries) for over 6 months after 1984, you might have mad cow disease. So I can't donate until they find a way to test for mad cow disease.
It's funny because I've wanted to give blood for so long and I waited until I was old enough, and was going to go on my birthday, but was sick, so I couldn't. Then I waited 2 hours at the blood drive at my school a few weeks later to find this out. So I'm kind of bitter :P
Conclusion: Put all your money into mad cow research :P
- Jun 23, '10 by TerpGal02I don't. I have a massive needle issue LOL! I "vagal out" when I get blood draws/etc
- Jun 24, '10 by mwc1230I do!!! Although, sometimes I am refused due to low iron but over the past few years I have been able to everytime. I try to do it as much as I can so whenever I see Bloodshare at WalMart or wherever I stop by. I am O+ so I feel like I SHOULD since he can help everyone. Those low blood supply commercials really get to me! lol
- Jun 24, '10 by ShantheRNI voted yes but....being a nursing student had no bearing on my donations. I did the same long before I ever considered nursing as a career
- Jun 24, '10 by JustanotherdayI do not, but I am a plasma donor, which I understand is used a lot in NICUs and burn centers. Not many people can receive my blood type (A-) so my plasma is more useful, and I am paid $55/week to donate. I would donate blood, too, if I could, but you can't do both.
- Jun 24, '10 by CrunchyMamaI've donated once in high school and then a couple years ago me and my sisters donated. We planned on going again but it just never works out with work and kids and whatnot. There was a blood drive at my school a couple months ago, I didn't know about it and didn't bring my license so I wasn't able to donate....talked my husband into it though, lol.
- Jun 24, '10 by StangGang92Quote from Mama2fiveboysNot sure how correct my information is, but in my A&P class while we were talking about blood the instructor told us that many times, not all, but many times plasma is used in cosmetics and other non-medical uses and thats the reason you are payed for it. The companies pay for it, but like I said I'm not sure how true that actually is.I do not, but I am a plasma donor, which I understand is used a lot in NICUs and burn centers. Not many people can receive my blood type (A-) so my plasma is more useful, and I am paid $55/week to donate. I would donate blood, too, if I could, but you can't do both.
To the OP: I try, I have "White Coat Tachycardia" as someone on this board put it. I have good intentions and about 50% of the time I get to donate, but the other half I get turned away.