Fear of Needles - page 2
I am getting ready to start RN school and it is my understanding that the students practice giving each other shots, etc. I have a severe fear of needles and I am not to sure I can handle someone... Read More
Jun 2, '02Occupation: Nurse Manager Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 125; Likes: 24When we learned to start IVs, we practiced on each other (we were already working as nurses). Thank God I used Emla cream; my "friend" stuck me with a spinal needle by mistake. Once the Emla wore off I felt it!!
Jun 2, '02Occupation: registered nurses, Emergency Dept Joined: May '02; Posts: 116; Likes: 13I too am one of those needle phobics. It took two people to hold me still when I was getting my finger poked for a glucoscan test. Forget "real" needles. Luckily we did not practice injecting or venipuncture on each other, or I would have spent the majority of my nursing labs passed out cold.
Good luck with school, explain your situation to your peers, instructor.
Jun 2, '02Occupation: critical care Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in critical care ; Joined: Oct '01; Posts: 469; Likes: 8I don't mind getting shots at all, I had one last week and all is well; but I HATE getting my finger pricked, it hurts so much more than a needle.
Jun 3, '02Occupation: Nurse Joined: Aug '99; Posts: 364; Likes: 1I am the biggest baby when it comes to recieving needle sticks. I have no problem poking anyone else. When it comes time for my yearly TB or any blood draw i nearly faint.
We didn't get to practice on each other in nursing school (legal reasons HIV and all) I was very thankful for that. We did do finger sticks on each other and that was bad enough.
One night at work i was sweaty and shaky so tried to do my own finger stick. Took me almost twenty minutes to get up the nerve to prick my finger.
Jun 3, '02Occupation: Student Joined: May '02; Posts: 413; Likes: 21I hate finger pricks too. I hate how they lie about it hurting to little children. my right index finger still hurts!! lol.
Jun 3, '02Occupation: LPN/staff nurse - LTC facility Specialty: Geriatrics ; From: US ; Joined: Feb '00; Posts: 2,602; Likes: 21in LPN school we were able to practice injections on eachother...I opted not and that was ok too.