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Has 15 years experience. Specializes in med-surg, psych, ER, school nurse-CRNP.

LOL, just had to share this....

We wered doing flu shot clinic at work these past 2 days, and I was the shot-giver. Back by popular request, it seemed, apparently my reputation as a painless shot-giver preceded me. I LIKE those kind of talkings-behind-my-back!

So, in the middle of the first day, we're moving right along, and we hit a lull, so I decide to do my shot while I did not have a patient. I have just popped the needle in my arm when in walked 2 men, one a bit nervous-looking, the other apparently fine.

Mr. Nervous took one look at the needle in my arm, turned, looked at his sidekick, and said, "That's it, I'm fine, you can go. If Little Bit there can stand there and do THAT, I can be man enough to take one."

Seems this man had never had a flu shot before and was terrified of needles. He was only coming up because everyone told him I did not hurt and the guy came with him for moral support.

After he saw me give MYSELF a shot, he was fine.

After he left, my manager was laughing, made the above comment that I used for the title, and then said "What are you going to do when the next one walks in here that's afraid of needles?"

He's just going to have to trust me, that's what, LOL!

Question, though, does anyone else give themselves shots, IM shots? Insulin I can see, but my own DOC can not believe that I give my own shots, and all the nurses had to watch me yesterday. I don't think it's such a thing, but now I'm curious.

RN1982

Specializes in ICU/Critical Care.

Hell no, I'm the type of person who has to close their eyes and look away when getting a shot.

dollphyn

Specializes in Plastic surgery and Med/surg.

LOL, just had to share this....

We wered doing flu shot clinic at work these past 2 days, and I was the shot-giver. Back by popular request, it seemed, apparently my reputation as a painless shot-giver preceded me. I LIKE those kind of talkings-behind-my-back!

So, in the middle of the first day, we're moving right along, and we hit a lull, so I decide to do my shot while I did not have a patient. I have just popped the needle in my arm when in walked 2 men, one a bit nervous-looking, the other apparently fine.

Mr. Nervous took one look at the needle in my arm, turned, looked at his sidekick, and said, "That's it, I'm fine, you can go. If Little Bit there can stand there and do THAT, I can be man enough to take one."

Seems this man had never had a flu shot before and was terrified of needles. He was only coming up because everyone told him I did not hurt and the guy came with him for moral support.

After he saw me give MYSELF a shot, he was fine.

After he left, my manager was laughing, made the above comment that I used for the title, and then said "What are you going to do when the next one walks in here that's afraid of needles?"

He's just going to have to trust me, that's what, LOL!

Question, though, does anyone else give themselves shots, IM shots? Insulin I can see, but my own DOC can not believe that I give my own shots, and all the nurses had to watch me yesterday. I don't think it's such a thing, but now I'm curious.

I drew my own blood once because they kept trying to turn me into a pin cushion. I told them give me the butterfly and I will draw it. Her eyes got real big when I got blood and she was unable to in 3 sticks!

I haven't given myself a shot, but I wouldn't have a problem doing it. My husband on the other hand is a different story. He couldn't even be around my closed container of needles that I had due to school without freaking out around it. He is such a baby sometimes, especially when it comes to needles!!:nuke:

kythe, LPN

Has 13 years experience. Specializes in LPN.

No, but I gave each of my kids a flu shot last year while I was working at a flu shot clinic. They did fine. :)

Hell no, I'm the type of person who has to close their eyes and look away when getting a shot.

I always look. I don't know why.

sissiesmama, ASN, RN

Has 22 years experience. Specializes in ER, TRAUMA, MED-SURG.

I always look. I don't know why.

I am like you, I always look. Not sure why, but I do. A few years ago, I was in a MVC, and was on crutches and my right arm in a sling. I learned pretty fast how to start an IV and draw blood one handed. Kind of tricky at first, but it wasn't too hard to learn.

While I had my arm in a sling, I got a needlw stick when another nurse was drawing blood on one of her patients. She stuck me when she withdrew the butterfly. After the initial lab draws for needlestick protocol, I drew my labs using just my left arm, and I am right handed. No one believed me at first, but they all wanted to watch. I should have charged admission and sold popcorn!

Anne, RNC:yeah:

mskate

Has 8 years experience. Specializes in Burn, CCU, CTICU, Trauma, SICU, MICU.

hahaha im a HUGE baby about getting shots.

i am covered in tattoos and have no problem dishes them out to other people, but i wrap myself around the chair and wince for a tb shot. :)

flightnurse2b, LPN

Specializes in EMS, ER, GI, PCU/Telemetry.

LOL, just had to share this....

We wered doing flu shot clinic at work these past 2 days, and I was the shot-giver. Back by popular request, it seemed, apparently my reputation as a painless shot-giver preceded me. I LIKE those kind of talkings-behind-my-back!

So, in the middle of the first day, we're moving right along, and we hit a lull, so I decide to do my shot while I did not have a patient. I have just popped the needle in my arm when in walked 2 men, one a bit nervous-looking, the other apparently fine.

Mr. Nervous took one look at the needle in my arm, turned, looked at his sidekick, and said, "That's it, I'm fine, you can go. If Little Bit there can stand there and do THAT, I can be man enough to take one."

Seems this man had never had a flu shot before and was terrified of needles. He was only coming up because everyone told him I did not hurt and the guy came with him for moral support.

After he saw me give MYSELF a shot, he was fine.

After he left, my manager was laughing, made the above comment that I used for the title, and then said "What are you going to do when the next one walks in here that's afraid of needles?"

He's just going to have to trust me, that's what, LOL!

Question, though, does anyone else give themselves shots, IM shots? Insulin I can see, but my own DOC can not believe that I give my own shots, and all the nurses had to watch me yesterday. I don't think it's such a thing, but now I'm curious.

i do. i give myself flu shots and do my own PPD's.

and when i was in paramedic school, we got a little happy once and tried to see who would draw blood on themselves... and i did it! i felt like a crackhead, tho.

Calibean

Has 6 years experience. Specializes in School, FNP.

I have to give myself monthly B12 IM injections. I usually do them in the thigh, it doesn't hurt, but I have to psych myself up. This month, I had a fellow RN do the injection for me in the deltoid. Much easier for me!

NursingAgainstdaOdds

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in Med-Surg/Tele, ER.

Huh. Never really occurred to me to try. Sounds like fun for some reason. LOL

:nurse:

PICNICRN, BSN, RN

Has 14 years experience. Specializes in PICU/NICU.

Its funny...... I cringe and look away when getting by blood drawn or IV start. But.... I had a terbutaline pump with my last pregnancy and had to do a SQ needle change every 3 days- no problem there. I also once started an IV on myself and gave myself 1 liter of NS when I had a stomach bug.

Jolie, BSN

Has 34 years experience. Specializes in Maternal - Child Health.

Yep.

I went thru infertility treatments, and hubby couldn't stomach giving shots, so I did my own. I thought it was a luxury on the rare occasions that I was at work or with an RN friend who would give me my injection(s). After a while, I realized that I was better at it than my friends were, and stopped asking anyone else to give them to me.

sissiesmama, ASN, RN

Has 22 years experience. Specializes in ER, TRAUMA, MED-SURG.

hahaha im a HUGE baby about getting shots.

i am covered in tattoos and have no problem dishes them out to other people, but i wrap myself around the chair and wince for a tb shot. :)

OMG - You sound a lot like me! I do not bat an eye when giving shots to my patients, but even at age 16, the nurses and staff had to one time even come out into the parking lot and pull me out from under my mom's car to get my shots.

After I had been nursing for 10 years or so, I was working in ICU at a large hospital. I got my assignment - my first patient was the nurse from my old pediatrician's office. She was completely with it, and recognized me as soon as I walked in her room. She dropped her jaw and said "Tell me you didn't go to nursing school. "

She stayed in the hospital for a few months, and I learned so much from her in that time, and her husband got admitted to the hospital on the same unit, and she requested that I be his nurse also. He passed away during that hospital stay, but from that couple I learned so much from both of them.

The wife also passed away during that hospital stay, but I am glad that I walked into her room that day!

Anne, RNC :nurse:

blondy2061h, MSN, RN

Has 15 years experience. Specializes in Oncology.

I've given myself insulin plenty of times, but I don't think I could give myself an im shot.

mondkmondk

Has 17 years experience. Specializes in Geriatrics.

Yep.

I went thru infertility treatments, and hubby couldn't stomach giving shots, so I did my own. I thought it was a luxury on the rare occasions that I was at work or with an RN friend who would give me my injection(s). After a while, I realized that I was better at it than my friends were, and stopped asking anyone else to give them to me.

Ditto that; we did infertility treatments for 10 years and my stomach is tough as a rock now. I did have nurse friends give me my HCG shots though, in the butt. My MIL (who is a teacher, not a nurse) even gave me one once. She did a pretty good job too!

Blessings, Michelle

GadgetRN71, ASN, RN

Has 14 years experience. Specializes in Operating Room.

I always look. I don't know why.
Me too..:nuke: I have 4 tattoos and used to have multiple piercings, so I can't in good conscience claim a fear of needles, though!

JBudd, MSN

Has 39 years experience. Specializes in Trauma, Teaching.

I couldn't do IM, I had a terrible time just doing the Lovenox for a week. Never could do the practice BGLs in school.

anurseuk

Has 6 years experience. Specializes in Paediatric Cardic critical care.

I never hav but I think I could :) may find out one day...

Tait, MSN, RN

Has 13 years experience. Specializes in Acute Care Cardiac, Education, Prof Practice.

During pre-employment blood draws for my first job the tech drawing my blood scoffed at me for looking at the water-color on the wall while she drew my blood.

She stated "I am surprised a nurse is afraid of needles"

I just looked at her with mild shock and stated that the picture was there for a reason, for me to look at while my draws were being done.

Just because I am nurse, doesn't mean I am interested in watching your technique (or lack thereof) for a blood draw!

Kudos for showing that guy that the shot wasn't a big deal. Reminds me of Grey's Anatomy the other week when O'Malley let them put an IV on him to prove to the peds patient it would be ok.

Tait

CT Pixie, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

Give myself an IM shot? You are kidding right?! Oh hell no, I couldn't do that, nope not ever.

I am a big old baby when it comes to me getting any kind of shot, or anything to do with needles and MY body!

I was feeling a bit weak, diaphoretic, a tad shaky and a bit of mind fog going on on day during work, I decided to check my blood sugar (I was doing my diabetic pts blood sugars so I had the stuff with me). I tried to psych myself up just to push that itty bitty lancet into my own finger, couldn't do it, became MORE shaky just trying to do it. Had to give my coworker the lancet and look away as she pricked my finger. Of course my residents tried to help out and let me know that they don't even feel it when I do it to them so I should be fine.

Its not so much the pain of an injection or blood draw that freaks me out, its the whole thing of sharp object going into my body.

I am know as the "the quick shot" at work. I can give an injection in record time with little to no pain..according to my residents.

I can give but I surely don't want to get :)

Kudos to you for being able to, I am a far less woman, I can't do it.

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