I just finished my first semester of an ADN nursing program, and I remember wondering what things were going to be like before I started.
I'm going to start this thread so you guys can ask me anything. I'll give you a little bit of a background first: I am a mom, I do not work, and this is a second degree. I have a previous degree in Literature. I also found that I LOVE nursing.
So, any questions or worries about your upcoming program or nursing in general, post your questions here. I'm sure I won't be the only person who answers, but I'll be more than happy to answer your questions concerning nursing school and my own personal experience.
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Hi Miss Mollie, thank you for being there for us future nursing students. My question to you is: I am super nervous and terrified of penatrating folks skin with a needle. I'll take shots and blood work by looking the opposite way. Have you guys started any procedures with needles (or catherers)? Please be as detailed as you can. Thank you again.
Every time an IV has been started, I have had to step out of the room. I am a lot like you, I hate needles, and I don't want to see when it is being done. However, we were taught to give shots this semester, and I can do that like it's nothing. I am hoping that when it comes to IV's, I will feel the same way. I just know that I internalize the pain a patient is in, and I have to get past that. If a patient was dehydrated, I don't think I would have a problem starting an IV, especially if their life depended on it. I will have to get back to you next semester.
I will say that I can pack a wound like it is nothing. Wounds so deep you can see bone. No problem. I think eventually we all become desensitized, but in the beginning certain things are hard, and that's okay!
Last edit by missmollie on Dec 10, '13