Phlebotomy for a career?!

  1. I am new here and hoping to find some advice. I am currently in school for nursing. Only on my 2 qtr. Pretty new. Anyways I was also looking at Phlebotomy tech as well. Does anyone have any input about this? Are they really in demand? Is the pay good? Any info about this would be greatly appreciated.

    About me, well I am married to my high school sweetheart, been together since our junior year of high school 1990!!! Boy am I old?! LOL anyways he is my very own GI Joe. Yep we are a military family, a family of 7!! 5 kids yep, crazy huh?! Wouldn't have it any other way though. Here I am sitting here going back to school after all these years.

    Anyways if anyone could help me that would be great. thanks for your time, Lorie
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  3. by   Gennaver
    Quote from loriep
    I am new here and hoping to find some advice. I am currently in school for nursing. Only on my 2 qtr. Pretty new. Anyways I was also looking at Phlebotomy tech as well. Does anyone have any input about this? Are they really in demand? Is the pay good? Any info about this would be greatly appreciated.

    About me, well I am married to my high school sweetheart, been together since our junior year of high school 1990!!! Boy am I old?! LOL anyways he is my very own GI Joe. Yep we are a military family, a family of 7!! 5 kids yep, crazy huh?! Wouldn't have it any other way though. Here I am sitting here going back to school after all these years.

    Anyways if anyone could help me that would be great. thanks for your time, Lorie
    Hi,
    First, no you are not old, not even old to go back to school, welcome back!

    Second, it depends on were you are at if a phleb tech is a good position but, usually they are only supportive roles and the pay is rarely barely more than that of a CNA.

    I am from Chicago and have worked as a lab tech, as a phelbotomist and also as a patient care tech/assistant which was a role of a cna who also was trained and certified to do things that many of my coworkers should NOT have been doing such as ekgs, bladder scans and cathing and venupuncture phlebotomy.

    Whichever way you choose, it is a good entry into health care AND the most important thing is if you like it you will have a skill that can get you a job pretty much anywhere. Please check out the website for their certifying body and see what else is available to you as a phleb tech at the National Association of Clinical Pathologists. (sorry but, you'll have to do a google search as I no longer have the url handy).

    Best wishes!
    Gen
    p.s. edited to add: usually these are pretty easy jobs to get but, since they are entry level sometimes they are not so easy to get as there may be fluctuations in the hiring and in the need
  4. by   Miss Morgottie
    hi lorie,
    i'm a current student as well. it doedn't matter how long it took you at least you are going back. i'm just reciently married in may. i was the girl next door i married my nieghbor. from what i have seen a phlebotomy tech does not make as near as much as a nurse. the job is usually a as need position so you might not have very many hours.one of the girls i went to hs with is a phle tech and, she only makes around 10-11 an hour at a hospital. that a huge difference compared to an rn starting at around 45-55,000 a year. but that is just what i have heard. what matters most is what would make you happy doing and, that it wouldn't take you away too much from your family. by the way i think that's great, children are such a blessing your luckly to have 5 blessings.

    best of luck
    miss morgottie:angel2:
    Last edit by Miss Morgottie on Dec 29, '05
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  8. by   suebird3
    welcome to allnurses!

    i took a phleb. class about 8 years ago while an lpn. i am glad i did, as when i went back for my rn, i never got any patients who needed iv's started. (and sometimes, the facility has their own iv team....)

    surprisingly, my phleb. instructor had stated "if you can draw bood, you can start an iv. but being able to start an iv doesn't necessarily mean you can draw blood." his wife is an rn, and backed him up. the training does come in handy when i have to access a port-a-cath or sub-clav. line......the lab techs can't do this, but the rn's can..... so who knows....maybe the training will come in handy.

    suebird
  9. by   HisTreasure
    The young lady that drew my blood a little while ago for my pregnancy screens went to the same LPN school that I did. She graduated about two years ahead of me. Anyhow, she did not pass her boards after three attempts and so she is now doing phlebotomy. She was able to work as a GPN before taking the boards, however, and she did say that she made considerably more as a GPN than she did as a phlebotomy tech. I did not ask her exactly how much she made, but I can assume it can't be much since the starting base pay for GPNs in this area is only around $13.50. What the previous poster said about hours is correct as well. Until you establish some seniority your hours can be very sporatic. I think phlebotomy could be something good to do if the class is free or low cost, as it could help you financially through nursing school, but it could be difficult to do as a career if you are looking to substantially supplement your husband's income. Besides, nursing offers so many different things you will never get bored, so that is something worth considering as well.

    Welcome to allnurses, welcome to nursing! Happy New Year!

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