Poll: What is your biggest fear ???

  1. just wanted to ask all you fellow to be rn students what is your biggest fear before you start your clinicals? or if you almost done, what is your biggest fear when you start on the job?

    mine is the iv's...i don't mind shots at all, but putting iv's in veins correctly.... omg.....(wake me up, i just fainted)
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  3. by   sabrn2006
    I have mostly just a generalized fear of failing. I'm afraid that I will mess something up badly and get kicked out! I am sure that specific tasks will make me nervous, but I can't think of one at the moment. I hope I can look my fear in the eyes and forge ahead anyway. That's my plan.
  4. by   Mandarella
    CATHETERS...I'm scared. I want nothing to do with them...unfortunately one day I will have to do it...
    Any advice...will I ever get comfortable doing it???
  5. by   twarlik
    Quote from mandarellas
    CATHETERS...I'm scared. I want nothing to do with them...unfortunately one day I will have to do it...
    Any advice...will I ever get comfortable doing it???
    What is it about working with catheters that scares you so much?

    Personally, my biggest fear before starting nursing school was anything to do with drawing blood or starting an IV. I've done both and got over my fear really quickly. Then of course there's the lower GI bleeds which continue to give me the drive heaves. I wonder if I'll ever get over that one...
  6. by   Mandarella
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Iv's, drawing blood, parts falling off, packing wounds...no fear.
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Catheters...scare the bejesus out of me. First having one for my c-sections was no picnic. I am afraid of hurting someone, having a confused pt rip one out, etc. It just gives me the shivers. Ridiculous, I know. I do know how crazy I sound, I guess that's the first step...admitting it. hahaha.


    Quote from twarlik
    What is it about working with catheters that scares you so much?

    Personally, my biggest fear before starting nursing school was anything to do with drawing blood or starting an IV. I've done both and got over my fear really quickly. Then of course there's the lower GI bleeds which continue to give me the drive heaves. I wonder if I'll ever get over that one...
  7. by   Annabelle57
    For a while, it was having to stick a very squirmy, crying kid with a needle - what if I hurt them? Then, I had these nightmares where I was working with an HIV+ patient and he went ballistic and jabbed me with a needle.

    Now, it's dosage calculations. I've never been one for math, and I'm terrified I'm going to have a brainfart, not pay attention, and give someone some lethal dose of something and kill them! I'll just have to be extra vigilant...
  8. by   Carolanne
    Mine is also messing up big time and being escorted to the elevator. :uhoh21:
  9. by   lisamc1RN
    Killing a patient.
  10. by   studentNY
    Biggest fear during clinicals is that I will have daycare problem. I haven't worked for years. Few people I can count on. I am freaking out about it. Besides that...... I am afraid my memory will let me down. I can't remember much from pre req's already. Needle sticks are scary.
  11. by   ChrisA
    Right at this point it's getting through pre-reqs and getting into a school. Then it'll be figuring out the financial aid side of things. Once I get into school I think it'll be that I'll oversleep my alarm one day and wake up at 0900!
  12. by   manna
    Ridiculous perhaps, but my biggest fear ? Oversleeping, missing class, missing clinical, something. I'll be commuting 60-90 miles one way twice a day (plus with two little boys to get up and ready too). I'm SO not a morning person and I'm known to turn my alarm off in my sleep!
  13. by   RNNoMore
    .....that my marriage won't survive the next 2 years because hubby is VERY high maintainance and needs my company, that my kids will grow up to be delinquent hooligans, that I'll lose my figure because of not having the time to eat properly, that I'll go grey with the stress of it all, that I'll make a mistake and kill someone, that my youngest will have an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts and no-one will be able to contact me because I can't take my cell-phone into clinicals, that my dog will get separation anxiety and start destroying things because I will be leaving him alone every day...... OMG! someone remind me: Just WHY am I doing this? LOL!

    Paint.
  14. by   studentnurse74
    The procedures don't scare me at all (not yet, at least)! I'm afraid of taking on a big fin. aid loan, then flunking out of school b/c I'm the only one who just can't get it all! Then having to pay back my loans early when I have no money! :uhoh21:

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