I currently work as a phlebotomist before entering nursing school. Today, a nurse tried to correct me on my order of draw (she thought I should draw a blood culture last). When I corrected her and tried to explain how she was wrong, she berated me. I told her that I could fetch the lab manual, but she still would not listen.
My question is, would you as a nurse interfere with a phlebotomist's blood draw? If you were wrong and were corrected by the phlebotomist, how would you react?
I was a phlebo years before I was ever a nurse. When they correct me I ask why, then do it their way unless there is some overwhelming reason to do it otherwise. We help each other. A couple of years ago I was surprised to learn BNP's switched to hematology tubes, and every few years or so the chemistry tubes may change color so it's good to keep on top of that. Also, nowadays more folks have coag-only draws in the mornings, and some facilities want a waste prior to that, (in a stick or draw, whichever) whereas I am used to coags go with chems so there is no problem. There is always something changing... and you better believe they watch me if I am doing blood cultures. I don't mind because I hate false positives! Nothing like losing a good picc line because you did your culture wrong.
Last edit by Indy on Oct 9, '12
: Reason: autocorrect has some stupid ideas