Last Friday was my second day on the NICU as a new nurse. One of the NP's was about to insert an umbilical line and my preceptor asked me if I wanted to watch. I'm standing there watching the NP who was having trouble getting the line in. The warmer is on and the lights are really bright. I start feeling really hot. So I took a step back. Then I see my preceptor walking towards me and I passed out.
When I woke up, I was sitting in a rocking chair. My nurse asked if I ate breakfast and I told her I did. She gave me a drink of water and told me to go on a break. Well, I was pretty embarrassed, but the nurses in the room were great. My nurse educator came to check up on me and shared her "fainting" story with me.
I'm not really sure what happened. I don't get grossed out easily. I think it was the heat and the bright lights that got to me. Putting my embarrassing moment aside, I must say I'm really enjoying my orientation.
Any fainting/embarrassing stories you would like to share??