Hello all! I have a couple questions for everyone.
In my nursing school, we covered IV insertion in lab and we were given 5 "sticks". We were then told any other experience we wanted would have to come during clinical. Of course we got to start a couple IVs during the ER rotation, L&D and surgery, but other than that, there aren't many IV starting opportunities on the Med/Surg floors.
I would say in two semesters (including my practices) I have had 15 IV tries. I am not as good and confident
as I would like to be at them, so one of my classmates found an inexpensive 3-day phlebotomy class that I am considering taking. My questions are these:
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.