I was thinking of taking a phlebotomy class to increase my knowledge and employable skills. In my state a LPN can draw blood if she's certified. I called the school and they said that they give the training to make me eligible for the certificate, but they don't provide the clinical experience. I must do twenty 'sticks' in order to be certified. I asked her where I would do sticks, and she was rather vague, saying maybe I could go to a testing clinic and ask them.
Hmmmm...I think of liability issues and such, and wonder about that happening. "Hey I'd like do draw blood on your clients, hows the insurance company with that?" But I was thinking maybe volunteering with the local blood bank. Or maybe a home health agency would hire me and I could work with a nurse there to get the sticks. (But then, everyone wants the golden "one year of experience" and I'm a new grad.)
Or maybe this isn't a good idea, and this school just sells these classes knowing their students won't get the clinical, and the school will get their money anyway. I dunno, what do you all, more experienced nurses have to say?
Also I plan to take an IV certification course from another school, I will be certified after that class. So I will definitely take that. Should I just take this class?