I remember the thing that worried me the most in nursing school was the thought of having to insert a foley catheter. To this day I don't know why that was my biggest hangup but it was! When it finally came to be my first time, I almost nauseated with worry. And it was an 88-year-old, alert & oriented woman who had never been catherized in her life. She had the stiffest legs!! Biggest problem was getting her to spread those legs! My instructor was RIGHT THERE, 3 other nursing students holding her legs, and it went in. Sweat was poring off me. Took 2 attempts. It becomes easier as you become more accustomed to being around naked people
. I was nervous in those beginning days about being around people's nakedness. Heh. Believe me, you get over that.
My first IM injection my hands were shaking so bad, my instructor to had to keep her hands on my hands to steady them. Got over this one rather quickly. (Injections are easy.)
First time I saw a difficult IV insertion (IV nurse inserting on a screaming old lady), I nearly passed out. I still don't like attempting IV insertions on those with no veins and I have great admiration for those of you who get those IVs in those impossible starts. We all have our strengths and weaknesses.
Bottomline: you'll get over it. Everyone is nervous at first, some of us more than others. Those who say they aren't nervous are liars or psychotics.