FAINTING...what made you drop? - page 3

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   Daytonite
    I am tough and I've seen a lot including guys projectile vomiting blood clots and some of the worse looking and smelling wounds you would ever want to see on people's bodies. However, twice now I have almost lost it, gotten faint and had to grab onto something and turn away or I would have kissed the floor when I saw bits of brain tissue on the pillows of people who had gunshot wounds to their heads. Go figure.
  2. by   ICAN!
    I am a little concerned about the smells......and now I'm concerned about seeing brain matter. Mind over matter!
  3. by   DolceVita
    Somewhere on this site there was a GREAT thread about way to prevent this. I will see if I can find it and post the link.
  4. by   DolceVita
    Here it is...

    https://allnurses.com/general-nursin...ing-94424.html

    I hope I posted the link correctly.
  5. by   Nurse_Diane
    I watched a resident insert his first chest tube... kept making the insertion side larger with his finger, spreading the pt's ribs apart, etc. What got me was when the pt was groaning.

    That's all it took... Ouch!
  6. by   mommyonamission
    Quote from Diane-RN in Michigan
    I watched a resident insert his first chest tube... kept making the insertion side larger with his finger, spreading the pt's ribs apart, etc. What got me was when the pt was groaning.

    That's all it took... Ouch!
    double Ouch!
  7. by   Music_Box_Dancer
    Quote from Diane-RN in Michigan
    I watched a resident insert his first chest tube... kept making the insertion side larger with his finger, spreading the pt's ribs apart, etc. What got me was when the pt was groaning.

    That's all it took... Ouch!
    Diane, couldn't help but notice your <1 yr experience & BSN at 38 yrs old...good for you!!! I am looking forward to my new career and I'm inspired by yours. Thank you.
  8. by   Nurse_Diane
    Quote from Music_Box_Dancer
    Diane, couldn't help but notice your <1 yr experience & BSN at 38 yrs old...good for you!!! I am looking forward to my new career and I'm inspired by yours. Thank you.
    Good for you-- it's so worth it. What a great feeling!!
  9. by   mrflynn0907
    I didn't pass out but felt weak - phlegm. Phlegm gets me everytime. It really really grosses me out. First I feel like I'm going to toss my cookies then I feel faint. I'm not talking just normal phlegm - I'm talking pneumonia phlegm. Blech.
  10. by   Music_Box_Dancer
    Quote from mrflynn0907
    I didn't pass out but felt weak - phlegm. Phlegm gets me everytime. It really really grosses me out. First I feel like I'm going to toss my cookies then I feel faint. I'm not talking just normal phlegm - I'm talking pneumonia phlegm. Blech.
    After each post, such as yours, I realize the multiple challenges in the "Keep it down & stay on your feet" department. Ugghhh...never gave a second thought to the different types of phlegm there are!?
    I'm really glad I started this thread. Having a heads up gives me some time to practice my much needed philosophy of "Mind over Matter." I'm going to find a medical channel and force myself to get through a surgical procedure (something I've negated in the past)!
  11. by   truleeblezdRN
    Quote from mrflynn0907
    I didn't pass out but felt weak - phlegm. Phlegm gets me everytime. It really really grosses me out. First I feel like I'm going to toss my cookies then I feel faint. I'm not talking just normal phlegm - I'm talking pneumonia phlegm. Blech.
    OMG... funny you mention phlegm! Im not in the nursing program yet, but my husband was in the hospital & started coughing and there it came flying out of his mouth... as if that wasnt gross enough, it was green Lets just say my gag reflex went into overtime... that was the first time that ever happen to me! I didnt vomit, but I did a lot of dry heaving. The nurse & doc were in the room looking at me I was soooooooooo embarrassed :behindpc:
  12. by   truleeblezdRN
    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 know this is an area I am going to have to fight fight fight too... I never even really watched scary movies. But I always tell myself, in time I will get use to seeing/smelling the different things in the hospital... I pray I never ever faint!!! Glad to hear that it's not uncommon... thanks for posting this!!!
  13. by   blue4thebeach
    I strongly recommend NOT breathing through your mouth. Use the Vics vapo-rub stuff under your nose instead. I"m a pre-nursing student, but volunteer as an EMT with a local search & rescue team. Unfortunately, we often end up recovering deceased victims that aren't always fresh. From experience - better to SMELL them than to TASTE them. You can get used to a smell and even "block" it (kind of like ambiant noise), but taste will stick with you a while longer - and starts that gag-reflex much easier.

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