FAINTING...what made you drop? - page 2

I'm a pre-nursing student waiting for my acceptance letter this July. I've been known to faint from time to time. So, here's my question, what made you faint during your time at nursing school?... Read More

  1. by   zsbaby
    Music box, I think you are exactly right!! I truely believe in mind over matter!
  2. by   r0b0tafflicti0n
    I almost fainted during my CNA clinicals, oddly, because I am not typically squeamish. I was helping and RN who was irrigating a particularly nasty pressure ulcer (to the bone; you could see all the muscles twitching and everything). I think more than everything the woman's distress got to me and I just got flushed all over and had to go sit in the hall for a while.
  3. by   cursedandblessed
    i got woozy the first time i saw a placenta something about the ci digging it out of the biohazard trash just grossed me out, the second time it was fine (it was fresher)i've only fainted when i've given blood. some feces still makes me feel a bit pukey though.
  4. by   prmenrs
    Went to school ~ 40 odd years ago; one winter day, they sent ~ 6 of us into a small, overheated room to watch a screaming newborn get circumcised. Lucky me, I had my usual nasty dysmenorrhea (no NSAIDS in those days, x ASA). After a few minutes of watching the resident make a big deal out of it, I started to feel like ----. I was leaning against a counter and actually blacked out, but didn't fall. I came back around a few seconds later, and just left the room. I went back to the L&D lounge, eventually, they sent me back to the dorm.
  5. by   Music_Box_Dancer
    Quote from prmenrs
    ...I started to feel like ----. I was leaning against a counter and actually blacked out, but didn't fall.
    Kudos to you for staying on your feet! Congratulations for your 40+ years as a nurse.
  6. by   Purple_Scrubs
    It has been said and deserves repeating: never ever ever lock your knees! I almost went down observing in the OR even though I was warned about the dreaded knee-lock. I just got so into observing that I forgot. When you are standing still for long periods (OR observation or a long dressing change, etc), you have to keep reminding yourself to shift your weight and keep those knees loose! Also, if you think you are going to go down, put your back on the wall so hopefully you will slide down gently (as opposed to toppling forward into, say, a sterile field! No I did not do that but I have heard stories)

    It is mind over matter! You can do it!
  7. by   Music_Box_Dancer
    Quote from cursedandblessed
    i got woozy the first time i saw a placenta something about the ci digging it out of the biohazard trash just grossed me out, the second time it was fine (it was fresher)i've only fainted when i've given blood. some feces still makes me feel a bit pukey though.

    ok, i know this question might sound strange, but i was wondering if breathing through your mouth (instead of your nose) eliminates the smelling sense that makes a lot of people nauseated?
  8. by   Do-over
    Eat breakfast!!! Put a granola bar in your pocket and eat it half way through clinical. Trust me =)

    I have't fainted yet - but I did see stars and get really clammy watching a chest tube get replaced - and I am not squeamish at all. This was 5 hours into clinical and I did not take 30 seconds to eat the granola bar in my pocket. I've actually seen much worse (in my opinion), but I normally eat better and haven't had another problem since.
  9. by   Music_Box_Dancer
    Quote from Do-over
    Eat breakfast!!! Put a granola bar in your pocket and eat it half way through clinical. Trust me =)

    I have't fainted yet - but I did see stars and get really clammy watching a chest tube get replaced - and I am not squeamish at all. This was 5 hours into clinical and I did not take 30 seconds to eat the granola bar in my pocket. I've actually seen much worse (in my opinion), but I normally eat better and haven't had another problem since.
    I will definitely do that...thank you!
  10. by   CBsMommy
    I've fainted twice because the knee lock situation, once during my aunt's wedding and once waiting in line at an amusement park. I do get really weird feelings of woozy when studying certain things (like the way the blood pumps through the heart). I'm not sure why! I would also second the advice on eating. It does make a world of difference!
  11. by   NiesyLuv0o
    So weird you start this topic now. I am not easily grossed out. But the other day, I had a patient with uncontrollable gangrene all over her body. I went to do my assessment, and the sent gave me a TKO. I almost gagged infront of her. I had never done that, even for the worse of smell and icky body fluids. It is just something to get use to. Hopefully by the time I am a nurse, I have gotten use to it, because I want to work in Med-Surg until I find my niche.

    Good Luck!
  12. by   Music_Box_Dancer
    Quote from NiesyLuv0o
    I went to do my assessment, and the sent gave me a TKO.
    OMG, did you drop? Uggghh, I'm feeling for you. One time my father was in the hospital after a surgery gone bad. I walked into his recovery room, took one look at him, and woke up in the hallway with my mother next to me. I walked back into the room, tried to go up to my dad, and woke up in the hallway with my mother saying, "Rubber Legs, are you alright dear?" Yep, it's been my nickname ever since. BTW, I was about seven. It's about time I earn another nickname.
  13. by   prmenrs
    If you know you're going to be dealing w/something smelly (and everyone of has @one time or another), try Vicks vapo-rub right under your nose. This requires planning ahead, though....

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