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Hello,

What area of nursing uses the least amount of needles and where you would see the least amount of blood?...My sister told me that she plans on going to nursing school in the fall.She loves to help people and she just asked me if there was a way to be a nurse without using needles daily.I'm not sure how to answer this because I'm still a student and I'm only familiar with long term care and HH.I already told her that she will have to get comfortable with both in school and while she is gaining experience,but after that is there any specialty that fits her requirements?

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BelleKat has 36 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in CVICU, Burns, Trauma, BMT, Infection control.

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Accounting...:D sorry,needles and blood are part of the job,there are some types of nursing where there are fewer injections and such but all of them do at least in the entry level. Your sister would have to demonstrate competency with giving injections and being around gross situations before getting to those jobs. Actually giving injections and such is not that bad and no one especially looks forward to that part at first but you get used to it and do what you have to and are supported by peers,nursing instructors and staff.

Tell her good luck,we need her.

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School nursing - but those jobs are hard to get! Even then, you get bloody noses and kids who may need injections... Everything I can think of that a new grad would do involves blood or grossness in some way. Has she considered any other paths in the medical field? She could still help people while not being forced to feel uncomfortable each day. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, management with a focus in healthcare, pharmacist... I do think there are Nursing Jobs that don't "use needles daily" as you said. HTH!

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I was going to mention what the PP said about maybe going a different career path in healthcare. But, if your sister does continue with nursing school, she might get used to needles and blood and realize they don't bother her anymore (or as much as least). I still don't like blood and guts and can't watch gory movies or graphic medical shows on TV, but for some reason it doesn't phase me at work.

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She can look into being a Legal Nurse (to work with lawyers) for instance.... Also, how about those Advice Nurses (that just help patients over the phone)... Also, there are nurses that work for insurance companies performing Utilization Review....Let's see... what else?... There are also Quality Assurance Nurses (by the way, their pay is very good, but I'm sure you to have experience to be one)... So, there are options out there.... she just has to do some research... Good luck!! :)

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There are areas in nursing that don't see a lot of blood and needles. But to get to them you have to pay your dues and those dues include a LOT of blood and needles. I suggest she become an occupation therapist or something along those lines.

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She can look into being a Legal Nurse (to work with lawyers) for instance.... Also, how about those Advice Nurses (that just help patients over the phone)... Also, there are nurses that work for insurance companies performing Utilization Review....Let's see... what else?... There are also Quality Assurance Nurses (by the way, their pay is very good, but I'm sure you to have experience to be one)... So, there are options out there.... she just has to do some research... Good luck!! :)

As others have mentioned, you have to have experience to get those kinds of jobs. Legal Nurse Consultants and the Telephone Advice nurses are relied upon for their expertise, which comes from years of hands-on experience. There's almost always going to be at least a little blood and needles for the first few years in nursing!

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I agree with the above posts: you have to first "get dirty" and "pay your dues" before getting into those "cleaner" positions. It makes perfect sense...

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stephenfnielsen specializes in ICU, Informatics.

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Long term care anyone? A dressing change here and there is all. Well you would have to place foleys too I guess, and deal with nasty bed sores, and ostomys, and c-diff, and cottage cheese hidden in pannus ... Yeah I guess all areas of nursing are pretty much gross. As far as legal nurse consulting goes, how are you going to be consult if you don't have extensive experience with gross stuff?

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flightnurse2b is a LPN and specializes in EMS, ER, GI, PCU/Telemetry.

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nursing informatics or an insurance benefits analysis nurse.

but like the others said, you have to pay some dues before you can get those jobs.... and you will have to prove proficiency in using needles (IMs, SCs, IVs) as well as see blood during your clinicals to make it through nursing school.

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I can handle blood, but I am not a fan of needles. For me, I think it has been some really bad personal experiences that have caused me to have a problem with them. However, I have become a bit more comfortable with them since I have started NS. (I wouldn't say I'm even remotely close to liking them!) I would also have to say that I'm actually pretty good at injections! So, tell your sister not to give up before she even tries. I have had to listen to people tell me that I'm getting into the wrong profession, and I think that's a bunch of crap! People who don't have the phobia could never know what it's like, and I think it's ridiculous that they would tell me something like that! If she really wants to be a nurse, tell her to go for it. She may just surprise herself. I know I have!

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