Should I take a Phlebotomy course after CNA? - page 3

by laylayluv90

At the end of the month I will be taking my CNA test. I was wondering should i take a phlebotomy course after that? I'm slowly making my way towards being a RN but I have a long way to go. So I was wondering if I should do this... Read More


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    I live in Houston, I took phlebotomy during my CNA class and it was totally worth it. I'm currently in nursing school and knowing how to draw blood definitely will help me during clinicals and also with learning how to start IVs. In my phlebotomy program we practiced our blood draws on each other in the beginnng and it really helped out, being in a classroom setting with the teacher helping you out and not being freaked out that it's an actual patient. Unfortunately in nursing school we can't practice on each other so our first "stick" will be on an actual patient. Some hospitals will allow CNAs to draw blood, they might just teach you on the job. In my hospital there's only two units a CNA/PCT/PCA/NurseTech can draw blood which is in CDU or ER. I got my PCT certificate (cna, phlebotomy, ekg) but some hospitals don't recognize them separately and just lump pct,cna /pca into one big group all together. I will admit though, finding a job was difficult. I sent about 32 applications and only heard back from one, which I did and interview and didn't get the job due to lack of experience. The 33 application I sent in was the charm, but that was because I knew somebody who worked at that hospital who put in a good word for me. So my advice would be if you know anyone that works at a hospital, try to use that to your advantage, bc it's sad to say but most of the time it really is WHO you know.
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    Quote from Alexandria8263
    I live in Houston, I took phlebotomy during my CNA class and it was totally worth it. I'm currently in nursing school and knowing how to draw blood definitely will help me during clinicals and also with learning how to start IVs. In my phlebotomy program we practiced our blood draws on each other in the beginnng and it really helped out, being in a classroom setting with the teacher helping you out and not being freaked out that it's an actual patient. Unfortunately in nursing school we can't practice on each other so our first "stick" will be on an actual patient. Some hospitals will allow CNAs to draw blood, they might just teach you on the job. In my hospital there's only two units a CNA/PCT/PCA/NurseTech can draw blood which is in CDU or ER. I got my PCT certificate (cna, phlebotomy, ekg) but some hospitals don't recognize them separately and just lump pct,cna /pca into one big group all together. I will admit though, finding a job was difficult. I sent about 32 applications and only heard back from one, which I did and interview and didn't get the job due to lack of experience. The 33 application I sent in was the charm, but that was because I knew somebody who worked at that hospital who put in a good word for me. So my advice would be if you know anyone that works at a hospital, try to use that to your advantage, bc it's sad to say but most of the time it really is WHO you know.
    Thanks so much for the info. Where did you do your phlebotomy at?
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    I had 3 offers before I was finished with my class, all at hospitals. I knew a nurse manager at one hospital (kingwood medical), and my teacher at san jac gave me the phone number to another nurse manager at the TIRR memorial hermann hospital, and the other offer was just a hospital i applied online through (san jacinto hospital in baytown). The teachers at san jac college are really good about helping you find a job if you decided to take a phlebotomy class there. I took the job at san jac hospital because I live in baytown, but i'm kind of regretting it because the TIRR facility was absolutely amazing!!! the med center was just too far for me to drive everyday at the time. My teacher also gave me the number to east housont regional hospital (head HR number) but I never called because of the other offers. If you want to PM me I would be happy to share it with you. Idk where you are located, east houston is located in channelview.
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    Quote from laylayluv90
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    I don't think it's particularly helpful unless you think you're likely to get hired as a phlebotomist while you're in school.
    I heard in hospitals that PCA/PCT are CNAs but they can draw blood but my school doesn't teach CNAs to draw blood
    I think you'll find that varies by facility. My facilities have always used either lab techs, phlebotomists, or nurses to draw blood. You should check the job descriptions of the places you're hoping to work and see if that's a required skill.

    Regarding nursing school, it's of no real benefit because:

    1) It will be rare for you to have the opportunity to draw blood
    2) Unless you're doing it all the time, you won't be very good at it, anyway
    3) Starting IVs and drawing blood are different skills

    If you want to go for it just out of interest and you've got the time and money, why not? As to whether you "should," I see no particular reason or benefit unless you think it's likely to get you a job while you're in school and that just depends on your local job market and local scopes.
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    Quote from laylayluv90

    Omgee that is crazy! Did u apply to anything else so u gain experience
    I had a few interviews with mental health departments and am waiting to here back. I'm not stressing too much. I figure if I don't find a job, it's god's way of telling me not to work in nursing school. Ill keep looking and if I find something I find something, if not I'm not going to worry about it. I usually apply to 6-10 jobs a day I think all together I have completed close to 200 applications... it's rough in California right now. Once school starts ill probably cut back to 3-5 a day. I really want to see how much I can handle before I jump into a full time job while in school. I have a lot on my plate right now.
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    I would try to get hired first. The hospital I work for will pay for phlebotomy and EKG courses so that I can be a PCT instead of a PCA. Those courses tend to be expensive and with only a couple dollars increase in pay it may or may not be worth it to you to shell out your own money. I just paid $1200 for my CNA course so another $950 for phlebotomy would kill my accounts. Good luck in whatever you choose to do!
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    Quote from pnkgirl25

    I had a few interviews with mental health departments and am waiting to here back. I'm not stressing too much. I figure if I don't find a job, it's god's way of telling me not to work in nursing school. Ill keep looking and if I find something I find something, if not I'm not going to worry about it. I usually apply to 6-10 jobs a day I think all together I have completed close to 200 applications... it's rough in California right now. Once school starts ill probably cut back to 3-5 a day. I really want to see how much I can handle before I jump into a full time job while in school. I have a lot on my plate right now.
    I've heard it's kind of hard working and going to nursing school.
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    Quote from thelittledoe
    I would try to get hired first. The hospital I work for will pay for phlebotomy and EKG courses so that I can be a PCT instead of a PCA. Those courses tend to be expensive and with only a couple dollars increase in pay it may or may not be worth it to you to shell out your own money. I just paid $1200 for my CNA course so another $950 for phlebotomy would kill my accounts. Good luck in whatever you choose to do!
    Yes I understand I'm gonna just apply for jobs and if I get the chance to do it then I will go with that route.
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    I took mine at Lonestar college. Only took a few months.
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    Quote from Alexandria8263
    I took mine at Lonestar college. Only took a few months.
    What courses did you take CNA phlebotomy or pct


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