How do you overcome fear of needles and blood?

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Reply Mon 21 Aug, 2006 04:27 pm
How do you overcome fear of needles and blood?
Hi all,

Do most nurses start off with a fear of needles and blood? How do you overcome it? I'm always fascinated by the human anatomy and thought I would have no problems making a career change to nursing.

Last month, I saw my friend to surgery and the nurse had difficulty starting an IV line so there was a lot of blood. I saw the whole thing and felt lightheaded and nauseous and quickly ran out of there to catch my breath.

I was a bit shocked that the needle and blood scared me. I can watch medical shows just fine but now I'm concern that I won't have what it takes to make it as a nurse. I think I'm more scared of the needle.

When most of you were in nursing school, were a lot of the students afraid? What are the chances someone can overcome it and how?

Need your help. I register next week but I'm getting cold feet!
 
fladn
 
Reply Thu 24 Aug, 2006 09:34 am
I too was freaked out by needles and IV's and now I start IV's and draw blood frequently. Where I'm at now it is hard to remember I ever felt woozy about blood. One of my instructors told me I would get over it and I did. During first semester, I assisted as a doc placed a central line, I was holding the drape at arms length, got woozy and had to sit down, so embarrassing. javascript:emoticon('Embarrassed')
Embarassed My instructor was fanning my face with a paper and the rn got me a cool cloth. Later, I heard about a classmate who actually did hit the floor during a central line, but she went behind the curtains at the second bed. She actually passed out and got a lump on her head and no one noticed. You will get over it. Make sure you eat and get enough sleep. Low blood sugar is not your friend.
 
Martina 1
 
Reply Sat 26 Aug, 2006 10:08 am
Can you also overcome the fear of vomit? I hate it and get freaked-out when someone is sick, but I don't want this to put me off as I really want to do nursing! Has anyone else ever been scared of vomit??
 
fladn
 
Reply Sat 26 Aug, 2006 12:11 pm
the way I understand it, everyone has their "thing" that grosses them out. My instructors talked about learning to breathe thru their mouths when confronted with nasty smells. You can wear a mask if you need to and some people even put vicks and other strong smelling stuff on their mask. You will learn and grow and be able to handle it. Don't worry, you'll be fine. 8)
 
rascal
 
Reply Sun 27 Aug, 2006 05:22 pm
im a nurses aid and sometimes you do encounter some pretty "different" smells. What I do is think of it like this:
when my son would get sick or have it coming out the other end, or whatever..... I would try to feel sorry for him not feeling well. And I look at it like it is dirt.
And i look at the patients experiencing these like this also.
wow, I am sorry you dont feel well, I bet it feels sooo much better now that It is not inside of you (this is me thinking in my head to myself)
And how uncomfortable it must feel to have this "dirt" on you.
Here, Let me help you feel better and get you cleaned up. let me help you get rid of those nastys so you can not have to experience this again, like this.......
well, when i look at it like its a dirty situation and now they feel better cuz they got that junk out, it helps me to step up and get it cleaned up. even if it does smell worse than the local skunk in the country.
and the room will smell right again in a few moments, sometimes with the help of air freshners.
hope my thought pattern helps in some way......
we are helping one person at a time. And truely, I applaud nurses for each hour and each person that they care about and help. God bless you!!
 
lpnlimbo
 
Reply Mon 4 Sep, 2006 08:22 pm
how to handle the gross stuff
This is something my Grandmother told me when I was having difficulty as a CNA (Just don't think about it, look at it like your wiping up a kitchen counter with your dish rag and it's nothing else than that) as funny as that might sound, it did wonders for me. I still use that in my mind as a nurse to this day even though I do get by with dealing with a lot less of it.
 
les09
 
Reply Sun 11 Nov, 2012 11:07 pm
I have the same problem. I've been watching youtube videos on how to insert IVs. I even feel dizzy just by watching it on the screen. Shucks! I start the nursing program in 2 months! AAAH! I faint every time they draw blood from me. OMG..will i ever overcome this?? HELP!
 
michfr
 
Reply Mon 14 Jan, 2013 12:28 pm
There are experienced nurses who tell me that although they draw blood and do IVs all day they still can't look when they have to have it done to themselves. Don't worry I think everyone gets over it eventually.
 
MitchellFerrel
 
Reply Fri 30 May, 2014 02:15 am
At the starting days of my nursing training I also feel complex about needles and blood, as you are new now, you have to take patients after time passes you will get habituated to it. You have to think about your problem seriously, don't let it become a major phobia. You have to take a quick session with a therapist about your blood and needle phobia, and that will help you as well.
 
cnacram
 
Reply Mon 9 Mar, 2015 01:54 am
@RNstudent,
I have no fear with needles but when I started working, I have few fears with bloods but I was able to overcome it as time passes by.
 
 

 
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