I'd really like to be a nurse, but I do have a bit of a needle problem...I don't like to get shots or watch it be done. Is this something that can easily be overcome after learning the technique or with practice?
I would venture to say yes. As you go through school, you just start to view these things through more clinical eyes, or at least I have. I don't see it as a needle, an arm, a stick, pain, blood etc. I am thinking about my technique. What comes next. Why I am doing it. How to be safe.
I just don't use the "squeamish" pathways in my brain anymore.
RN2BDFW - Thank you for you're opinion. I was hoping it would be something I would work past, and instead focus on the job at hand, you know? The most invasive thing I've ever done was insert a NG tube in my son (he was a micropreemie) a few times. I did it fine, even though it felt a bit creepy at first.
If you can learn to do that on your own child, you can definitely learn to do things on/for your patients. You will be thinking about the benefit of the treatment or test, not about the momentary discomfort. I am betting you will do fine.
I have been covered in amniotic fluid, had to stick my arm up to the elbow into a vagina and uterus fishing for a retained placenta, thrown up on, hemorrhaged on... but what makes me gag? Emptying a bed pan or bedside commode with a well-formed BM in it that stinks or suction thick mucous from someone's throat after they've coughed up a good chunk. I'm doing everything I can not to gag, choke, or let on that I am about to toss my cookies.
I try to distract myself from what I'm seeing/smelling and take a minute to compose myself in the bathroom where I'm dumping it out, wash my hands, wipe my eyes if they tear up. Luckily so far the worst ones have been with patients who wouldn't really notice due to their level of consciousness! Otherwise, I don't mind anything else. Love giving injections, drawing blood, and inserting IVs Never felt faint even when standing in the OR observing surgeries (including two in a row brain tumor extractions with bone saws and screwdrivers!!).