So what makes you pass out?

  1. Okay they say everyone in nursing has that one thing that totally makes them a little light headed. I have been to the OR, watched a stage 4 pressure ulcer be dressed without being bothered. THe one thing that gets me everytime is watch someone else put in an IV. I know what you are thinking... you better change your major. I have taken out two IVs and neither have bothered me. So my question is do you think that this will subside when I actually put the IV in?
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  3. by   CT Pixie
    At one time nothing made me feel as though I was going to pass out. That is until I got pregnant with my second child. After that, there are two things that can bring me very close to passing out (luckily, I haven't done it....yet)

    1) observing a C-section (observed in real life AND watching on TV)
    2) watching a tummy tuck or lipo on the Science channels...cannot even think how I'd do if I had to watch a real life tummy tuck or lipo.
    3) faces lifts...

    I don't know what it is about those two/three procedures but everytime I see it, I feel very very lightheaded.

    Good thing I have no intentions of going into the OR or working for a plastic surgeon.
  4. by   KyPinkRN
    One time while observing in the PACU they were preping a guy and putting in an epidural... the anesthesiologist had trouble and the needle came out all bent. I almost hit the floor watching him digging around for the right space then when he pulled the needle out and it was all bent I had to sit down. That is the only time in nursing school and 8 years on the ambulance that I have ever felt like that.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    I used to work with a physical therapist - when he would work in LTC and the elderly people would cringe with pain as he did ROM, I would get lightheaded.

    I hate to see people in pain.

  6. by   Achoo!
    Same here, when people are in pain.
  7. by   Skrawberri
    I am a senior in a BSN program and I'm also a tech on a med/surg telemetry floor and there have been plenty of times when I've been changing an adult patients diaper and it smelled so bad that I almost collapsed..... Ugh, awful!
  8. by   future L&Dnurse

    I am expecting to have to manage at least one trach patient this rotation, and I am already dreading it. I can handle blood, gore, surgery, and poop ... but not mucus. Ick.
  9. by   agent66
    Doing three nights in a row, 12 hour ones of course. Thankfully I am in my bed when I do pass out, but has been close a few times at red lights!
  10. by   Conrad283
    Probably rhinoplasty. That's the one thing I cannot watch at all. Gives me the heebie-jeebies.
  11. by   SmashRN2
    I fainted last semester in the OR, I guess it was just surgery that bothered me. A month ago, I fainted in the ER watching a patient get a huge wound on his arm infiltrated. The nurse kept sticking the needle IN and OUT and IN and OUT...all around this gaping wound. Now I'm scared that I'll faint when I start IVs or when I see a baby be born. I think it's the anxiety now more than anything... :-(
  12. by   student456
    oh god

    i HATE when they have to remove someone's toenail!!

    i was watching something on Resident Life on DHC and they had to use pliers to remove this woman's toenail and i almost barfed and i watch super gross stuff all the time which doesnt bother me

    its just a toenail thing!
  13. by   beth66335
    Nothing yet, but I haven't done a surgery rotation. If that bothers me it will be the smell because I watch tons of surgery on T.V. and I love it!! I also watch lots of CSI!
  14. by   NurseHotFlash
    [FONT=Lucida Console]I am scheduled to start nursing school in January. I haven't seen much in the blood 'n guts department. Has anyone else started nursing school with out knowing what kind of reaction they will have to gore? If you have a bad reaction, what helps you get over it? I am watching all the horrible stuff on the Discovery Health channel, so far so good with those episodes. Last night a ladies leg was rotting off, and a guy almost amputated his own foot. I guess I will keep watching in hopes that it will help when I see that stuff for real.