Sorry about the email. I did not know that I had it set up that way. May address is firstname.lastname@example.org
You know it sounds like Nursing might be just the thing for you and you sound like you'd be a good nurse.
I had to smile when you said you became faint during a bronch. Been there done that more than once. It's just something that happens occasionally. It catches me off guard. Seems most likely to happen when Im' in a gown with mask and gloves. Get hot start sweating feel like passing out maby nausious. But not grossed out. That is not to say I haven't been grossed out. It happens frequently when I'm wearing lead too.
Even though nurses do do baths bed pans etc. I find that sometimes I don't even have to deal with these things because I am caught up with some many other things. Unfortuantely the CNA is the one doing these. (Isay unfortuanately because I would love to have time to do more baths, and wipe more buts. You learn so much about a patient at these times. These are the best times to assess skin condition and to make sure good skin care is provided. I believe touch is the most powereful healer.
I digressed a little there. a book called STAT Facts got me through clinicals (I no longer have it so I can't give more info than that) It was a great quick referece on everything from lab values to common procedures, drug info etc. If you can find I I highly recomend it. My class mates and instructors were impressed with it when I showed them. I was frequently loaning it. There is a sereies put out by Springhouse publishing called Incredibly Easy. These books simplify learing everything from pathophysiology, EKG interpetation, IV, charting, meds, electrolytes, etc. Great resource. Davis's Manual of Psychosocial Nursing for General Patient Care by Gorman, Sultan and Raines is great for addressing the psycho-social aspect of the general med surg patient.
You have already the qualities of a good nurse. A desire to connect with your patient, and strong interest in science, A concern that you be a good nurse, not just mediocure, and a desire to teach.
Don't worry about the tasks like injections, bed pans etc. From the sound of things my bet is that your intelectual couriosity will overcome your repulsion enough to carry you through. Trust me nurse do not have iron stomaches. We all have our weak spots in this respect (and those weak spots can change)
Physics is my weak area too. But don't worry; I know of no nursing program that requires it.
I'd say run don't walk to your nearest nursing school recruiter. That is selfish on my part but I just think you'd be great, and I'd hate to see a good candidate for nursing get away.
Nursing is a wide open field and you could certainly do any or all of the things you mentioned.
Hope this was helpful.
It might be helpful to get back to me directly if you have more you want to discuss. I had trouble finding this thread again and I check my email more often than this site.