Quote from ebailey1218
1) Are phlebotomy sticks the same as IV ones?
2) Do you see a benefit to taking a phlebotomy class to gain experience and/or confidence?
3) Would a phlebotomy certificate look good a resume for a new nurse? - does it give you any advantage.
1. No--learning to draw blood on a relatively health person is way different that starting an IV on an 85 year old, dehydrated, dialysis pt.
2. It will give you confidence for future blood draws, but not really for starting IVs.
3. I can't speak for every NM out there, but I would say no. The fact that your graduated from nursing school and passed the NCLEX is what will get you an RN job, not a weekend "cert" class.
I had one chance in school to start and IV (which blew right when we started fluid...boo). I never had a chance to draw blood. Based on the discussions I've seen on here, many students do not even get one chance to start an IV in school. If you get a job that requires you to start IVs, your will get plenty of chances to build your confidence. After you get a job, see if you can follow the IV team in the hospital, or, if no IV team, see if you can spend some time in the ER just to get more IV chances. Unfortunately, a phlebotomy class is not going to get me more confidence in IV starts, and really would not be a wise use of your time and money.