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.