I am currently going to college for nursing. I have alot of medical professions in my family and health care fascinates me. However, I used to work as a ward clerk in a small hospital when I was younger (18)and as a ward clerk it was my job to send the order for labwork, that the docter had ordered, down to the lab. This particular day the docter had ordered blood cultures on a patient and I misread the order and ordered a blood type and cross. This was for an ICU patient. The blood arrived and if it weren't for the nurse that caught my mistake, I probably could have killed that patient. This situation haunts me even to this day ( i'm 26 now) and I am scared to death I'm going to hurt someone if I become a nurse. Even though I desire very much to be able to help people, I get that strong fear that I'm to stupid to be in such a serious field. I have a strong fear of making some big mistake my first day and really hurting someone. Do you believe this is a rational fear and maybe I shouldn't be getting into the nursing profession?