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.