For those of you that are scared to give shots to your first real person, i just wanted to help ease your fear. i have anxiety to begin with, so it was a real challenge for me to get used to the idea!! last week we practiced on those cushions and dumbies, then we were told that we had to go to the local nursing home and give all the residents their flu vacs
. we got there yesterday and while waiting, i felt my anxiety sore and then when it was time for me to go to my patient. i went and did vitals first, came back and drew up the vaccine. AND THEN; it was time!!! I applied the principal that a paramedic once told me."you just go for it because you have to". although this wasn't an emergency, it helped. i felt so calm and when my instructor counted to three, I just did it and i didn't even shake!!! then they had me do a tb on him and it went the same, then i wound up giving another lady her flu shot and it went well, too. the only thing i can figure(other than the thought of my paramedic friend), is that once you're there with the patient, you just know you have to do it and you get this calm feeling over you. well, I hope this helps.