Hi, I am a 2nd year general nursing student and I was asked by a consultant to assist with a lumbar puncture procedure. I was jumping up and down like a looney
at the prospect of seeing something new. Having been predominately exposed to community care for 20 years it was the first time I had ever seen something like this, i hadn't even read the theory behind it to prepare myself.
Well!! As soon as the anaesthetic went in and she began inserting that giant needle I started to feel really sweaty and then got pins and needles in my feet
. At this I thought I was at risk of fainting. So I asked the charge nurse if I could be excused and she signalled to me to see if I was ok, but I just shook my head. She then just said calmly, on you go. After I left the ward I went to the nurses station and felt really bad about it. I kept saying to the staff I was a coward, doubting my ability to be a good RGN, after all it wasn't me getting it done
. All the staff were really supportive with some saying things like it had happened to them too and that it helps if you know what to expect during the procedure. Part of me at the time wanted to go back and face my fear but by the time I went to the loo and got rid of my bowel contents, the procedure was over.
I'm not giving up hope, perhaps there are just things that we really cant cope with, but I would also appreciate some quick fix suggestions from others on how to cope with it.