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Will I get over my needle phobia?


This student desperately wants to be a nurse - but a fear of needles might stop her in her tracks. Can you offer any advice? 

“I really, really want to be a nurse. My grandma was a nurse, my aunties are nurses, and so is my older brother. It’s in the family. I’m good at maths and science, and I love taking care of people. I think I have what it takes to be a nurse, and a good one at that.

“There’s just one thing: I have a phobia of needles. I haven’t hit the point of needing to use them in my training yet, but know it’s coming soon. I can barely stand getting a flu jab. I can hardly imagine giving one. 

“I know it seems silly – so silly that I almost didn’t write in. But I needed to know if anyone else had been through this. If you’ve ever had a needle phobia, how did you get over it? Will this be the thing that keeps me from success in my profession?”



Readers' comments (2)

  • Hi, I am a student nurse and I felt exactly like you do.
    I think you have to turn the dislike around, that needle you administer to someone could be the one thing that saves their life. That is a positive things.
    I just kept telling myself the first few times I was giving one of the worst ones I think in the stomach, its OK, it is a little sharp pain that is gone within seconds. After the first few, I now find I am giving them far better than that very first one. How about practicing on fruit, banana and oranges, just so you get used to the look of them first really. Good Luck
    If you really want to care for people then you WILL overcome this in time. You have to :)

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  • Absolutely not!

    I don't know anyone at all who wasn't nervous when it came to giving jabs.

    Because of how you feel you are already sympathetic to how your patient may feel, and that's a wonderful quality to have.

    What I will say is that some people are better at hiding their nerves than others, but when you get to practising you'll be right as rain. You're not alone, trust me!

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