Queasy...

  1. Hi! I'm new here...and I am extremely distraught.

    I'm a senior in highschool planning on attending college for Nursing next year...and I was wicked excited until today.
    We had a blood drive at school, and I was volunteering as an escort. I was talking to one of the donors and distracting him while a Nurse put the needle in his arm...then I looked at the needle and fainted. BAM! I hit the gym floor pretttty hard...the vice principle ran over...and I woke up on the floor with about 20 people looming over me.

    Is a weak stomach something people can get over, or should I just start looking for a new career? AH. Help, please.
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    Joined: Mar '07; Posts: 2

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  3. by   cannulator
    The first day I was on the floor in nursing school, I walked into a pt room where a nurse was starting an IV on a pt. I have never seen anything like it to this day - she must have hit an artery, because blood spurted out all over the place. I felt dizzy and knew I was about to pass out, and went to lean against the wall, when I went down hard. I hit my hand on the way down and broke it, and was carted off to xray to get it filmed. Talk about humiliation! But, the silver lining was the cute guy who worked in xray...I guess he figured I needed taking care of, because we started talking, eventually dated, married, had a couple of kids, and just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary last year! Also, have been a nurse that whole time, and, as you can tell by my screen name, am an IV nurse myself.
    Hang in there - it does get easier, the queasiness passes, and you never know who you might meet in radiology
  4. by   locolorenzo22
    I went to a pts room, went to stick him to get a blood sugar, had the lancet upside down, then stuck myself. I looked at the finger, went "oh", and then proceeded to get a little wobbley, caught myself before I went down. The pt and I had a good laugh about it later, and then I got to go watch a needle biopsy and some total replacement surgeries.....
    Find the lining, it takes time to find your buttons. I personally can't take watching someone puke. I can go in after to clean it up, but after that, I'm done. Also, if I end up with blood on me (after a drain opening, etc.) I'm a little knock kneed. you'll be ok, after you get some expierence.
  5. by   cardiac.cure03
    Yep, they're right... It'll pass

    Don't let something like that stop you from becoming a nurse, if that's something you truly want to do!

    Good luck to ya!
  6. by   vamedic4
    shibby....I agree with others, it does get easier. But you may encounter those feelings even after you thought you'd gotten over them...for example, I was once holding a conscious sedated child while we were suturing something or other and all of a sudden I just feel like I'm gonna drop! I did my best and made it through...but whoa...crazy.

    It does get better the more you see it. Don't be embarassed. Just remember - it's not YOUR blood.

    Have a good night.
    vamedic4
    Off in 6 minutes.
  7. by   Soup Turtle
    I got dizzy, sick, sweaty and had to sit down on the floor when I got my finger stuck for a blood test in microbiology! The guy who stuck it twisted it and it just hit me the wrong way.

    I currently work in a vet clinic and I also almost fainted the first time I saw a routine surgery and the first time I saw a dog's head getting cut off. Now, I can eat lunch while it's going on. Nothing makes me queasy in the vet clinic, but people are going to be a whole new thing.

    I think most people just get used to these sorts of things over time. At least, I'm hoping I do!
  8. by   anonymurse
    Quote from TurtleSoup
    I currently work in a vet clinic and I also almost fainted the first time I saw a routine surgery and the first time I saw a dog's head getting cut off. Now, I can eat lunch while it's going on.
    What kind of everyday vet procedure is cutting a dog's head off? Just curious.
  9. by   TexasPediRN
    Quote from cannulator
    The first day I was on the floor in nursing school, I walked into a pt room where a nurse was starting an IV on a pt. I have never seen anything like it to this day - she must have hit an artery, because blood spurted out all over the place. I felt dizzy and knew I was about to pass out, and went to lean against the wall, when I went down hard. I hit my hand on the way down and broke it, and was carted off to xray to get it filmed. Talk about humiliation! But, the silver lining was the cute guy who worked in xray...I guess he figured I needed taking care of, because we started talking, eventually dated, married, had a couple of kids, and just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary last year! Also, have been a nurse that whole time, and, as you can tell by my screen name, am an IV nurse myself.
    Hang in there - it does get easier, the queasiness passes, and you never know who you might meet in radiology

    That is such a cute story!!!

    And yes, you do get over the queasyness. However, I can tell you after 2 years certain things still make me queasy, but not as bad as before.
  10. by   creature
    It will get easier. I think most people either pass out or get queasy about needles, blood, etc. The more you are exposed to it, the easier it gets. Don't let that stop you from going into nursing.

    As for Turtlesoup and the dog decapitation - what's that all about?
  11. by   nj1grlcrus
    Every nurse I know has some "thing" they just don't do, like puke...don't be discouraged, you can still be a nurse.
  12. by   jenMT
    Quote from anonymurse
    What kind of everyday vet procedure is cutting a dog's head off? Just curious.
    It is just a guess but I'm thinking to check for rabies...

    Jen
  13. by   jonb1213
    lol i dont think you have to decapitate a dog to check for rabies...
  14. by   Soup Turtle
    Quote from anonymurse
    What kind of everyday vet procedure is cutting a dog's head off? Just curious.

    It's not every day, but it's not rare, either. It's done when the dog has to be tested for rabies because it bit someone.

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