hello everyone this is my first post on here
little background on me. im 24/m,and i will be attending nursing school
here in arizona after 2 years of grinding through all my pre-reqs.( its a nice feeling being done now after all that time) i have a lot of work ahead of me still obviously, but im excited. ok on to my question. i have 6 months of nothing to do until school starts so i thought i would take a job at the hospital here in town. i have a national certified phlebotomist licences so i took a position as a phlebotomist ( i wanted to see the lab part of the work so when im an rn i will have a greater appreciation, and understanding of what goes on in the lab. also i want to be great at iv's so what a good way to learn by seeing veins for 8 hr's a day). i always knew there was this thing between the lab, and those who work on the floor ( rn's,cna's,pct,md) almost like a mini war or competition. i have never worked in a hospital until recently, and i have to say i really was surprised at the lack of respect that the people on the floor give to the lab personnel ( phlebs mainly). there is this sense that the rn's think we are uneducated ,and have no business up there with "them" ( how dare we go draw blood up on the floor right). whats really funny is that i had an rn who was about my age decide she would call me "lab boy" in front of a patient as i was drawing his blood. i was very embarrassed by this and thought this was a total lack of professionalism on her part. as i was leaving the room i told the nurse that if i have any questions while im in nursing school ill make sure to ask her. needless to say her attitude changed instantly as soon as i said "nursing school". and from then on she has been really nice to me, but i wonder just how crappy i would have been treated if i never said anything about me going into nursing (so now i just tell every new nurse is see up there that i am). anyways, i was just wondering if this is a common thing for nurses to treat phlebs or anyone else whos not up there on the floor sorta like uneducated idiots. i personally worked hard to become a phlebotomist you need to go to college to do that here. all i know is when im a nurse i will never do that to any lab personal or anyone else for that matter whos there to help me with my job as i have been on that end of it myself. i just hope this is not a common thing.
Aug 21, '06
Wasn't a thread identical to this locked yesterday?
I just want to say though that never in 8 years of teaching inpatient phlebotomy to everyone from newly graduated high school students, to college phlebotomy students, to medical students and even having doctors asking for my time to teach them I never, not even once felt disrespected by the floors - except one nurse manager, but she was just a biotch and everyone agreed.
Thanks to the nurses in the ICU's, I decided to study nursing and become one.
The "rivalry" between the nursing units and the lab is because neither fully understands what the other does. I can't tell you how many times I defended ignorant statements from lab people who never even stepped onto one of the units and then had to turn around and explain to the nurse I just defended that, yes, there can be NO mistakes when sending a specimen to the blood bank and any other area of the lab for that matter (talking about labeling) - and no, the lab did not "drop" your specimen.
They (the nurses and doctors) worshiped us. We were their saviors when it came to doing the impossible. And we were ambassadors for the lab.
It was one of the best, most fun jobs I've had in my lifetime.
Last edit by begalli on Aug 21, '06