Hi, I am new to this forum. I am a nurse educator at a 300 bed hospital. I am looking for information on phlebotomy education and competencies for nurses. I would really appreciate any help you can give.
I am not a nurse but a Lab Technician and Phlebotomy Supervisor. I am currently trying to get a phlebotomy educator position approved at my hospital and am interested in what other facilities are doing. Nurses and PCA's draw about half of the specimens in our facility. We are about 250 beds.
Currently our nurses do not get any formal phlebotomy training except for new grad's. Registered nurses are "checked off" to draw blood by their nurse preceptor. Our phlebotomy department gives Graduate Nurses a 4 hour inservice to the Laboratory department which includes a tour. We go over patient identification, order of draw and tube additives, specimen labeling, and touch on the the potential for nerve damage etc. The new grads are encouraged to come to the outpatient lab for a day to do draws on real patients.
There is a wonderful book called "Phlebotomy for Nurses" written by Dennis Ernst. It is up to date with the latest standards. I think mine cost $35. His website is www.phlebotomy.com. It is worth a visit.
you might contact your local nursing school to get advice on textbooks, mannequins and so forth. There is a laminated poster identifying various veins. Try these sites for products and tips. If you work in a hospital the lab might be able to help. www.nsna.orgwww.nurselearn.comwww.enw.org/TOC.htm
I used to teach CEU classes for phlebotomy to nurses at our local community college, you might check with any local community colleges that have a phlebotomy program. If they don't offer this type of class, they might be able to put one together for you.
Doubt that the OP will see this, hasn't been around in awhile. I took a phlebotomy course at my local comm college, but the instructor warned us that there was insufficient clinical practice for us to take the certification exam. I really liked the course though and found it to be helpful.