Extreme IV Anxiety? Extreme IV Anxiety? | allnurses

LEGAL NOTICE TO THE FOLLOWING ALLNURSES SUBSCRIBERS: Pixie.RN, JustBeachyNurse, monkeyhq, duskyjewel, and LadyFree28. An Order has been issued by the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota that affects you in the case EAST COAST TEST PREP LLC v. ALLNURSES.COM, INC. Click here for more information

Extreme IV Anxiety?

  1. 0 I'm a nursing student- formerly a CNA. I've also taken phlebotomy, TWICE. I can do most body fluids fine. I can "get stuck" with no problem. However, I have well over 100 sticks in now and it still gives me debilitating anxiety; tremors to be specific. I always shiver when I get nervous, and in fact I shiver in direct proportion to HOW anxious I am! It is so incredibly embarrassing and disheartening. I hear over and over again that "it will go away". When!?!? I've been at this for almost a year now, and I am still exactly as nervous about it as I was the first day. Over 100 good sticks and my confidence has increased 0%. Is there some way I can at least stop the tremors so I can stick regardless of how I feel inside lol!?!? It would be more than 100, if only I could suppress my "nerves" enough....also, I got so nervous my very first day of clinicals that I passed out...at the nursing station...during shift change.....any advice greatly appreciated!
  2. 2 Comments

  3. Visit  ~Mi Vida Loca~RN profile page
    #1 0
    You have done over 100 blood draws or IV's? I was very nervous with IV's to start and would shake, as I got more practice it got better and I even did an IV on a 2 year olds foot without missing a beat. Not when I can't see the vein is when I get nervous. Everyone tells me you have to feel not see bu I can never feel them good if they aren't visible.
  4. Visit  guinnysmom profile page
    #2 0
    Yeah, right around 100 successful. I don't even get any MORE nervous about a vein I can't see. I can feel it, mark it, stick it. I'm NOT at all bad at sticking when I can finally get my anxiety under control.....thanks for your response.....love your "urination" quote....