I originally posted this on student board...but maybe a general post might be good. I will make it short. I started a job 3 weeks ago in hospital and I hate it. I go in LTC for a three hours a day drawing blood. I had no previous exp before now...I have been trained for a short time and now they are ready to cut me loose! yikes! I do not feel comfortable with sticking numerous LTC patients. I went to super she said give it time. I went HR for transfer they said rule is a year of work before transfer not unless super and dir give permission. Otherwise I will just have to quit! grrrr! I like the hospital, nursing school starts in January...and I don't want to quit!Because then they may never rehire me...and my clinicals will start there in three mts... But I feel that since I have been trained for 3 weeks they will try to come up with some alterior plan to keep me like "give it time" and not transfer me. I am 30 yrs old and I know all about "time" but in my gut this is job is not for me. HELP! I am stuck!
Oct 16, '02
In nursing school you wil learn, "If you do not feel comfortable don't do it." If you do not feel ready to be turned loose then you need more supervised sticks.
You will also learn that you should follow your gut.
Perhaps you can work out a compromise with this employer.
I would not worry about my ability to be rehired Unless you are fired. Firing generally makes you unable to be rehired.
You will be asked why you left. You have some options, with your reply. I do not feel that I have sufficient training/experience to do this job, or you can use school as an excuse. (you have to get ready for it, or decided to take some time off before school starts) They are all honnorable reasons.
If you do not feel good about this dont be pushed into it. These sticks have the potential for causing harm. An unsure hand is more likely to cause harm.
We all take different amounts of time to learn things. Don't be bullied or shamed into thinking the fault lies with you or you are being silly and they are right.
My phlebotomy course was 17 weeks.
Last edit by Agnus on Oct 16, '02
Oct 17, '02
Thanks guys for your support. Youda, I probably didn't clarify how many times I went out for sticks in three weeks. Sorry! My mistake! I go out 3 days a week. On my other scheduled days I have other responsiblities. Although I feel comfortable with the technique of drawing, I feel in this particular dept., 3 days a week for three weeks...and only 5 sticks...you should not be let "loose" to be alone on your own. What do ya think Agnus? Little soon? Especially on combative LTC patients. The homes in this area contain very few patients that are in "ok" shape. They are pretty bad off, mentally and physically. Hiring someone like me "off the street with no former medical experience" and 5 sticks later...yikes! I wouldn't want my mom or dad being in that situation. And some of the labworkers that I have followed are terrible at sticking!You can tell they have half-learned the concept. They just go and go at it! It makes me cringe! Luckily I had a trained Phleb show me. And I will only stick twice! BUT! It isn't the sticks/nor the idea of sticking that i have trouble with... It is the "type" of patients I have to stick. It is not for me! I hate starting my days off like that...being cursed, hit, tears, screams and etc by 85% of my sticks. And it is not just a stick here and there...you may have 15-20 sticks at each of these homes. Many are stuck several times in a week. It is exhausting mentally to deal with. Anxiety city. Sadly enough, most nurses in my area claim to have no blood drawing experience and were really never taught...just IV's only.
I have good new though. Coleen, I suggested weekly shift rotation with other lab personnel and MORE hours...she agrees...but no one likes to go out at 5am...she said she will work something out and if all else fails she will transfer me...now my fellow employees are going to hate me
for 5am idea. Can't win for losin somethin' THANK YOU FOR REPLYING!
Last edit by shabookitty on Oct 17, '02
Oct 18, '02
Youda, I had to lol at your description! ha!
I have been offered a job in the office, and to do occassional sticks when needed. Whew! I actually got the first nights sleep last night and ate like a cavewoman!
Office work will not enable me to obtain any nursing skills, but it will help with learning tests/specimans/ and why and what they are taken for...This hospital requires you to be a CNA...and I do not have a certification. Once I begin nursing school in January HR said they will allow me to CNA while in school.
Agnus, isn't that strange about nurses? I would get angry going into LTC and having 15 draws! We are on a time frame and have several more LTC to go to and they know that! Yet, they would spring all of this on us at one time. We would finish and start to leave and a nurse would say "uh, we have found 5 more patients..." One nurse said "I would have done a few for you but I have no experience in draws...most nurses don't. They didn't teach us that in school" I didn't believe her of course. I chalked it up to laziness. But i asked around and most nurses agreed with her! Now there are just a handful that can...and they do help us when it is there day to work. I met a RN the other day that was so estatic about drawing. She begged us to let her help. She said "I never get to do it! And I love it!" :imbar Why don't they teach this in nursing school? Strange if ya ask me.
Last edit by shabookitty on Oct 18, '02