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Ya fair enough. The strange part (although maybe its not strange) is that blood itself doesn't really bother me. Even watching my own flow out of me (I was a very active child and gave myself more than a fair share of really deep cuts that bled profusely) isn't really a big deal. For some reason though, having it drawn via needle does the trick. If I look away while I'm laying down, I can usually get by but if we are sitting there taking turns drawing blood from each other in nursing school, that's gonna be a problem. I was thinking about trying to observe at a local blood drive to see if watching other people have theirs drawn affects me - is that something that I would be allowed to do?
I don't know how it is else where, but at my hospital, you rarely ever see a nurse drawing blood. We have a phlebotomy team and an IV team. The only time I have seen a nurse draw blood was from a central line already in place, it connected to something, I didn't see exactly what and we can't work with central lines yet in school, but she didn't have to insert a needle into his skin.
I use needles all the time, but to draw up meds and then put them in saline flushes unless it's an injection.
On a semi related note, I can never watch the injection for myself. I always turn my head and then watch, same with blood draws. I don't have the same kind of reaction, just how I always have been. I can do injections for others, haven't started an IV or drawn blood though on a person. Well now I am giving myself injections. Sub Q ones in the abdomen. I went to do my first one 2 days ago and came so close to turning my head when I went to dart. Would not have been smart lol
Maybe you can go shadow for a couple days and see what all is involved and what you can handle?