Will I get over my discomfort with blood draws?

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    Like many people, I dislike having my blood drawn. I don't faint or become lightheaded, but the experience gives me the willies. I usually close my eyes when having my blood drawn and think pleasant thoughts.

    I am an EMT and want to improve my employability in hospital settings. I'm thinking about taking a phlebotomy class to see if I can get a job as a phlebotomist, operations tech, or ED Tech. But I don't want to waste the money if performing blood draws is going to make me uncomfortable enough that I make my patients nervous too.

    What are the chances that through training and practice, I'd become comfortable drawing blood on patients? Are phlebotomists just naturally people who don't mind having their blood drawn, or do they dislike it like everyone else, but get used to the idea of doing it on others?

    I do know that phlebotomy students often have to practice on each other once they've "graduated" from a training arm. I don't love the idea of that, but I figure I can tolerate some sticks for a few months until my training is over. Also, as an EMT, I haven't had problems dealing with trauma or blood in general, it's just the idea of having my blood drawn that I don't really like.
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    Quote from Addie Dorgan
    Like many people, I dislike having my blood drawn. I don't faint or become lightheaded, but the experience gives me the willies. I usually close my eyes when having my blood drawn and think pleasant thoughts.

    I am an EMT and want to improve my employability in hospital settings. I'm thinking about taking a phlebotomy class to see if I can get a job as a phlebotomist, operations tech, or ED Tech. But I don't want to waste the money if performing blood draws is going to make me uncomfortable enough that I make my patients nervous too.

    What are the chances that through training and practice, I'd become comfortable drawing blood on patients? Are phlebotomists just naturally people who don't mind having their blood drawn, or do they dislike it like everyone else, but get used to the idea of doing it on others?

    I do know that phlebotomy students often have to practice on each other once they've "graduated" from a training arm. I don't love the idea of that, but I figure I can tolerate some sticks for a few months until my training is over. Also, as an EMT, I haven't had problems dealing with trauma or blood in general, it's just the idea of having my blood drawn that I don't really like.
    Sometimes it's just a "not my blood!!" reaction. I hate having my blood drawn, but handle traumas really well. Blood bothers me far less than sputum or vomit.
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    You will get over it. I'm a phleb and it takes some getting used to but the more experience you get, the more comfortable you will be. I hated getting blood draw prior to becoming a phlebotomist and I don't love it now, but I know the process which makes it more... Comfortable? I guess.
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    Quote from CP2013
    Blood bothers me far less than sputum
    Sputum bothers me.

    Ew!
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    Quote from vintagemother

    Sputum bothers me.

    Ew!
    Suctioning is the bane of my existence. I cringe every time. Thank goodness I can usually beg someone else to do if I offer to buy lunch. Haha
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    I, like you, hate having my blood drawn but I took a phleb class and enjoyed it and had no problem drawing blood on others. We practiced on each other under the direction of my instructor so you might want to find out if that will be part of the class even though you can opt out of that portion (except in our class they wouldn't let you draw on other students if you wouldn't allow them to draw from you).
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    You will get over it, I think. I personally hate having my blood drawn...I hate needles! I always have to look away if I'm getting my blood drawn or anything that involves needles...but if I am drawing someone else's blood, starting someone else's IV or anything that involves a needle, I have no problem with it.
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    I'm the same way, I don't like to have my blood drawn. Its not the actual blood I have a problem with, its the needle in my arm. i don't really have a problem sticking my patients and often my patients compliment on how they never felt a thing and I've only been drawing like three months! During my training, I got stuck by a paramedic with 20+ years of experience and his stick hurt until the next day. The next two girls who stuck me accidentally pulled the needle out while trying to get their sample. The tourniquet was still on and I bled for a few minutes and they left huge bruises. But all in all, the training wasn't bad as the needle is only like a 23 gage!!


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