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I want to be an RN, but worried I can not make it through clinical

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I need to finish 4 pre-reqs and not sure I can make it through RN school, should I keep going? I have a chance to change to a different major and choose a different field, but I really feel I would make an excellent nurse. The problem I am 100% sure will be an issue is clinical into the OR. I have 2 issues that are stopping me from an amazing career, open wounds and needles/iv's. I THINK I can get past the needles and the IV issue over time, but surgery in the OR or open gaping wounds is a no go, no way, no how for me. I have tried to watch simple surgeries such as knee replacement on youtube and start gagging and ready to vomit and I get the cold sweats and dizzy. I KNOW I can never get over this issue. Stitches and cleaning a closed wound, no issue, it's the open stuff I can NOT do under any circumstance. I can deal with vomit, feces, cath, all the other stuff, but just no cutting someone open or gaping stuff. I am 48 and this has always been a problem for me to see anything even on TV, it is not changing. Am I doomed to never make it through nursing school? Do we HAVE to do the OR during clinical? 

I know once out of school I have choices not to be exposed to surgery/OR or gaping stuff often. 

Please advise me...I am really discouraged over this issue. 

 

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Rose_Queen has 15 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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The vast majority of nursing programs do not include clinical in the OR. There may be an observation day, but that's about it.

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I'm in my second semester of nursing school and so far we have not had clinical in the OR. I've been on med surg, post-op, wound care, and rehab.. You may get a clinical instructor who will pull students to go see new things, like things in the OR. A lot of times my clinical instructor will pull whoever she can find for opportunities like getting to see surgeries. I have one friend that cannot stand blood and my instructor has made it a point to pull her the next time an opportunity arises to get her over her phobia. It all depends on your instructor. The doctors and nurses in the OR are amazing with student nurses though. The ones at our hospital told us if we're feeling sick or whoozy to sit in a chair or don't say anything and just walk out. Better to leave then drop to the floor and bust your head.

 

I totally understand the needles/IV's. I can't stand needles myself and we learned to give shots by practicing on each other and ourselves the first week of "boot camp". Not to sound rude, but you'll get over it. You'll realize it's not the needle that hurts as much as it is what's in the syringe. Eventually you won't think twice about the needle. You will probably have to take out IV's during clinical though. Most of what I do in clinical is giving meds, doing assessments, giving shots, and taking out IVs. They should prep you in lab for actually performing these tasks before clinical comes around so you're ready. Honestly, you'll get to where you're so in the moment when doing these things that it eventually won't bother you. Once you do it once, it'll be like it's nothing.

 

I was right in your shoes in August. I almost made myself throw up at the thought of doing anything with needles or IVs. Your instructors are there to help you and encourage you, not put you down. If it wasn't for their encouragement I could've never stuck myself with a needle. 

 

Don't let it discourage you!! Good luck!

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