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David L. Offenbaker, Jr.
Well, it can be gross, but not all the time. There are times that things happen but after you see them a few times, they're no longer gross. I remember in nursing school, I was freaked by starting IV's, drawing blood, etc. Once you do it once, it no longer becomes gross or scary and becomes very interesting. Bottom line: yes, it can be gross, but you get so used to is so fast that it won't even phase you-- promise.
If you want to go the nurse practitioner way, work in a pediatric unit or the NICU (baby ICU). You will get a lot of experience, and you'll be buddy-buddy with the Pediatric Nurse Practitioners that see patient's on your unit-- they'll be glad to write you a recommendation for nurse practitioner school if you show them you're truly passionate!
Hope this helps!