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Old 09-24-2007, 11:32 AM
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Thanks everyone for the posts. I'll definitely listen to my body and sit down if I start seeing spots. Thinking about something else is very helpful too, thanks P/J.
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Old 09-24-2007, 11:33 AM
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I used to be in a habit of fainting when I got too hot around the time when I was about 18-20. This meant that not only did I faint at school during a biology class, but I also managed to faint at report on various wards and in the delivery suite! Thankfully having adopted some of the techniques mentioned above I stopped this very embarrassing habit! I think it would take a lot to make me faint now!
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Old 09-24-2007, 07:26 PM
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I'm with ya, 2 times is my max. Although at the hospital I've seen nurses try more then twice. I always knew who to go to if I have trouble with an IV.
Our hospital has actually issued a 2 stick rule, after that you can call the IV specials team, they have a viewfinder and other cool things to help get the stick on the first try.


On the fainting note, I made it all the way through nursing school without any issues. The closest I got (and I was very close) was the first time I drew an ABG, without an A-line, you feel like you're in there FOREVER and moving the needle around trying to get the best flow. (Don't worry, my first stick pt was clinically brain dead and we we doing an apnea test) so no tormenting patients involved
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Old 09-30-2007, 10:37 AM
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Hi all. As a student nurse I really think (and I think I will in the future) I will faint during clinical!

The first time I got to shadow a nurse (not during clinical) she was poking the needle around a woman's hand to draw blood or something (don't remember what she was doing but she did it about 4 times) and I felt fine. Then she still couldn't get it and when she did it for the 5th/6th time, I started seeing white spots and my head got all dizzy. I decided to excuse myself and sat down on a chair, took some deep breaths, etc. I felt okay, but the doctor noticed because he was like "You look quite pale."

Have you ever fainted? Also, I don't have the strongest stomach, so I think I will throw up eventually during clinical (I sure hope not!) Any tips on how I should try not to faint?
I fainted watching my first delivery. I was only 19 and could not believe something that big (a baby) could come out of....well, where they come out of!
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:12 PM
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Watching epidurals being placed, pleurocentesis...can't handle it. Always have to go sit down.

My old roommate passed out when we were in L&D during school. She, too, was watching an epidural being placed. She hit her head on the bedside table when she went down...had a lump and a headache for a week. Oddly, she's a L&D nurse now.
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Old 10-03-2007, 10:46 PM
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That's why if I start seeing spots or anything I'll sit down Elocin22. I definitely don't want to hit my head or anything.
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