I am really, really good with mental health emergencies, but absolutely worthless when there is a physical problem. I do not do blood. That is actually part of how I became a social worker. At an undergrad psych hospital Internship, I had pretty much decided to become a psych nurse as they were doing most of the actual therapy. Then one kid cracked open the head of another kid with a pool ball. I was reminded that psych nursing involved actual nursing. So, I stuck with Social Work.
I managed to get through all of school without ever dissecting anything. I have never wanted children, so never had to learn to face the gory stuff through all of the normal kid mishaps. I have taken Red Cross First Aid/CPR at least 4 times in my life and feel that I could do a great job if one of those dummies ever has an emergency. A real person? No. In a real medical situation, I panic. A couple of clients have had seizures during the past year. We have also had a couple of choking incidents. I just feel relieved that there are trained medical people on site to deal with the blood and gore. I concentrate on rounding up paperwork, calming other clients, contacting family, assisting paramedics with information, etc. Still, it bothers me that I am not able to help. I also worry about what I would do if there was no medical person there to take over.
Question? Anyone else ever had this problem and gotten over it? If so, how?