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Fainted while watching blood being drawn... Advice for nursing student?

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Chill out..you fainted because you "get it". Morons don't faint because they have no idea what they are witnessing....you do. Congratulations...you have a fantastic career ahead of you...feel sorry for the ******** that don't faint..

I don't understand this comment. I have never fainted (yet), and I am doing just fine...some might even say I "get it."

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Charge200J has 3 years experience.

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Sometimes it's a mixture of things (first day observing/nervousness/excitement/overheated/new smells/low blood sugar/dehydrated) that makes people pass out. It happens to SO many people in healthcare. Take big slow deep breaths and slow your heart rate down. Wear a mask if smells bug you. Focus on something else in the room eg count the tiles on the floor, count backwards in your head, etc...something to force your brain to focus. Keep your peripheral vision open so you don't get the tunnel vision. As the feeling starts to go away then slowly direct your eyes back to the task at hand/whatever was bugging you in the beginning. It does get better as you get more used to the hospital environment. Also I've found that when it is your patient and you are having to focus on keeping them safe your adrenaline will kick in and you won't feel faint at all. Hang in there!

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Have Nurse has 25 years experience and specializes in Med/Surg/Infection Control/Geriatrics.

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Chill out..you fainted because you "get it". Morons don't faint because they have no idea what they are witnessing....you do. Congratulations...you have a fantastic career ahead of you...feel sorry for the ******** that don't faint..

I'm sorry but I have to take exception to that. Without diminishing what that poor student is going through. Some of us are born with stronger stomachs. Merely the luck of the gene pool.

I have great respect and encouragement for those who struggle with it. I don't however slam my colleagues in return.

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Ruby Vee has 40 years experience as a BSN and specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching.

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I hever had a fainting problem in nursing school, although I am married to a guy who used to faint just getting off the elevator on a patient care floor. He's a nurse now; has been for over 30 years.

I have blacked out a few times - once was from pain and happened right in the middle of a busy nurse's station. I cannot TELL you how embarrassing that was! Once was from foolishly attempting to clean up a nitroglycerin spill with my bare hands. Passed out, hit my head and someone called a code. (Really, really, REALLY embarrassing!). Once was when an overzealous first year resident shoved a bicarbonate needle (you know those 14 gauge needles on the Bristo-Jet syringe?) through my hand. Funny, it didn't hurt until I SAW the needle sticking through my hand. But the kicker is, once when I was teaching a group of students to draw arterial blood gases. I let two of them stick me. The first time was fine, but the second time, I was trying to tell the student to use a steeper angle, and felt myself getting further and further away . . . .

Bottom line is, it happens to many of us. It doesn't mean you cannot be a nurse. You just need to NOT do whatever it is you did that led you to faint. Sounds like you have a pretty good handle on what that might be.

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Leader25 has 35 years experience.

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Married to one of those that faint at blood,smell of alcohol wipe,injuries, umbilical cords, ultrasound exams...never went away...one could see the pupils enlarge....and then the blackout..

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DowntheRiver has 5 years experience and specializes in Urgent Care, Oncology.

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Oh gosh, I nearly blacked out as a student nurse in the Cath lab. Nothing to do with blood, I just got overheated. The combination of being gowned and shielded plus scrubs nearly did me in. Not my finest moment, but at least I knew then that Cath lab wasn't for me!

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Almost passed out twice in school: once putting an older lady with a stomach full of staples on the bed pan, and once watching C-section staples be removed

I did actually pass out as a 15 year old after stick #5 for a blood sample and for 5-6 years afterwards slowly desensitized . . . as an 18 year old I had to lay down after a flu shot because I got lightheaded. I got over it, and have not passed out or nearly passed out since 2nd semester in school (now 3 years into a job). You'll be fine :)

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Tenebrae has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Primary Health, Gerontology, Palliative.

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I have to have 3/12 b12 injections since I had my gastric bypass.

Decided to be cheap and self administer my last b/12 shot and just about fainted.

I'm good as long as I'm on the giving end of the needle. Put me on the recieving end and me passing out is quite likely

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Chill out..you fainted because you "get it". Morons don't faint because they have no idea what they are witnessing....you do. Congratulations...you have a fantastic career ahead of you...feel sorry for the ******** that don't faint..

That is utter nonsense.

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I almost passed out once when I was a student, watching a resident starting an epidural anesthesia...she was good and she got it, but it took a long time to find the right spot initially, and the idea of a gigantic needle going near someone's spine really irked me.

I also got to watch a pretty intense and complicated c-section and one of the observers, also a nursing student, passed out. Not from the site but from the smell of cauterization. It is not uncommon, you just need to get used to it.

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Chill out..you fainted because you "get it". Morons don't faint because they have no idea what they are witnessing....you do. Congratulations...you have a fantastic career ahead of you...feel sorry for the ******** that don't faint..

This is one of the most idiotic things I've ever read on this website. This doesn't make sense at all.

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nznurse93 has 2 years experience as a BSN.

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Needles, blood, wounds, watching surgery and all that sort of stuff never bothered me one bit. I even watch them taking blood from myself when I have to have a blood test. But when it comes to poo I just can't handle it. We all have things we don't like. For some it's poo or sputum or needles or fake teeth. You will learn to deal with it in time.

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