Can you advise this student nurse?
“I’m very grateful and happy to be studying nursing but there’s one thing I can’t stop thinking about: I’m terribly afraid of catching an illness at work.
”When we learnt about bloodborne illnesses in class, like Hepatitis B and C, and HIV, I was instantly terrified.
”Injections and IVs are something we regularly handle as nurses, and something I’ve already encountered on placement but I just can’t get over the idea that one mistake could result in me catching an incurable disease.
”I get the sweats and a stomach ache whenever I think about having to do anything involving blood - so much so that it’s even affecting my technique on placement. My hands get shaky.
“What can I do to feel better about this? I really, really want to be a nurse, and I want to get past this, but I just can’t shake my fear. Help!”
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