Getting nervous about school....fear of blood

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    Maybe I shouldn't do this. Just thinking about blood is making me nervous. I searched some other posts about this subject and one woman recommended buying some fake blood and staring at it or even washing your hands with it. I don't think I could do that. Maybe I shouldn't go to nursing school. I would hate to waste all the money.
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    Quote from gabriella86
    Maybe I shouldn't do this. Just thinking about blood is making me nervous. I searched some other posts about this subject and one woman recommended buying some fake blood and staring at it or even washing your hands with it. I don't think I could do that. Maybe I shouldn't go to nursing school. I would hate to waste all the money.
    It's just something that you are going to have to get used to. Would you be able to draw blood (though it seems like the phlebotomists/nurse techs seem to be doing that more nowadays) or hang a bag of blood? My only other suggestion would be to not work in an area of nursing where you would see a lot of blood - such as the OR, CCU/cardiac cath/any cardiac unit or trauma/ER.
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    Quote from shrimpchips
    It's just something that you are going to have to get used to. Would you be able to draw blood (though it seems like the phlebotomists/nurse techs seem to be doing that more nowadays) or hang a bag of blood? My only other suggestion would be to not work in an area of nursing where you would see a lot of blood - such as the OR, CCU/cardiac cath/any cardiac unit or trauma/ER.
    I am pretty sure I could come around to drawing blood (I hope, I passed out the first time I had that done...getting better though) and I know I could definitely get used to hanging a bag of blood. I'm just nervous I am going to vomit on someone during clinicals lol.
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    You're not the first person to be afraid of blood and you won't be the last. Everyone of use can tell you a story regarding blood, pus, vomit, etc. etc.
    Just take it one step at a time.
    My suggest would be to try working as an aide in either a hosptial or LTC. You'll be able to see and learn alot. It will help you overcome any concerns you might have as well as give you some hands on experience.
    Good Luck and let me know how you make out.
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    Thanks. I think my biggest problem is me worrying and thinking about it before it is even a problem. I'm working myself up. I used to work for the Y watching kids after school. One day a boy split open that tender spot under the chin and I handled it until my boss got there. Blood was everywhere and that didn't bother me. Maybe I'm not giving myself enough credit.
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    It's perfectly normal to be anxious, you're starting a new and exciting part of your life. But give yourself some credit. I'm sure that you will do fine. Good luck and let me know how you make out.
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    thanks. I will keep everyone informed!


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