Would phlebotomy skill be helpful to get a job as an RN?
- 0Apr 15, '13 by hilee119Hello there. I just passed my nclex and I am currently looking for a job, but it seems almost impossible to get a job as a new grad RN in NY. I was wondering if a phlebotomy certificate or experiences would be helpful for me to get a job. Also, would phlebotomy skill come in handy when you start to work as an RN?
Thank you guys in advance and good luck everyone.
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- 1Apr 16, '13 by 86toronadoYes. Go for it. Even if some hospitals don't have RN's drawing labs, some do, and all that I know of consider IV starts a nursing responsibility. If you are competent at drawing blood, starting an IV will be that much easier for you, and that could make you more employable, especially into a position where you do that more, ie: ER, pre-op, urgent care, etc.
- 1Apr 16, '13 by dandk1997RNBroken record here saying it depends on the hospital. I had 13 years phleb experience when I became an RN and I'm not allowed to use it at all as we only draw from central lines and IV starts.
Are you in upstate NY or NYC? I'm upstate and we have tons of new grads on my floor (intermediate cardiac tele in a largely cardiac hospital.)
- 1Apr 16, '13 by sbostonRNI interviewed for a research position and phlebotomy was a significant component of the position. So it does depend on the position. Hospitals probably have people who will draw labs for the nurses, but in some smaller hospitals, clinics, or public health jobs, the skill is a critical component. I definitely don't think it hurts!
- 0Apr 17, '13 by ♪♫ in my ♥I'm an ED nurse and 2 of my 3 jobs have required me to draw labs and blood gases. We don't have phlebotomists at my present job. The certificate itself isn't likely to be much help but some work experience probably would be, at least in competition with other new grad nurses.