Do you donate blood?

  1. 0 Hi, 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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    From 'Charlottesville, VA'; 27 Years Old; Joined Aug '08; Posts: 4.

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  4. Visit  LindseySmith} profile page
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    I 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!
  5. Visit  pitaya} profile page
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    I 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.
  6. Visit  gpatry} profile page
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    I'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
  7. Visit  TerpGal02} profile page
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    I don't. I have a massive needle issue LOL! I "vagal out" when I get blood draws/etc
  8. Visit  mwc1230} profile page
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    I 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
  9. Visit  ShantheRN} profile page
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    I 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
  10. Visit  Justanotherday} profile page
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    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.
  11. Visit  CrunchyMama} profile page
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    I'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.
  12. Visit  StangGang92} profile page
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    Quote from Mama2fiveboys
    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.
    Not 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.

    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.
  13. Visit  gumby1411} profile page
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    I try to donate a few times a year, but I'm always denied because of low iron. It's been about 2 years since they allowed me to donate last. I've been donating blood (when they let me) for about 7 years, so being a nursing student has no impact on me being a blood donor.
  14. Visit  tokyoROSE} profile page
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    I know there is a need for blood, but I cannot bring myself to donate. I have needle phobia -- but have no problems starting IV's/giving shots to patients. Just my luck.
  15. Visit  Justanotherday} profile page
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    Quote from StangGang92
    Not 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.
    That's the first time I've heard anything about that, and I Googled around a bit before deciding to become a donor. There are also medicines that could not be made without plasma. The Rogam (sp?) shot many women need is one of them. They need donors with negative blood to make that.


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