CNA or Phlebotomist...or both?

  1. 0 I can't decide if I should become a CNA, or Phlebotomist. Which would be a better position and which would pay better? Should I get my certification in both?
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  3. by   cjcsoon2bnp
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    I really like these questions because its one that I can answer from personal experience. Having been both a phlebotomist and a CNA I can tell you what I've experienced. First lets talk in terms of pay and job availability, phlebotomists (for the most part) are paid more then CNAs but phlebotomy jobs are harder to find versus CNA jobs which are pretty easy to find (but not always to get) but don't always pay so well (hospitals usually pay better then LTC facilities.) Phlebotomists usually work for outpatient labs, doctors offices or hospitals versus CNAs usually work for LTC facilities or in hospitals. I won't say one is necessarily "better" then the other but as a CNA you will probably do a lot more nursing related tasks then a phlebotomist (especially in a hospital setting.) If you have the time and ability to do so I would suggest that you get training in both which can help to land you a better job because it gives you more qualifications then the next applicant. Just recently in an interview I had for a hospital based CNA position I was told that my experience as a phlebotomist is what really stood out amongst the applicants which ultimately helped me to land the job. If you don't have the time or drive to become certified as a phlebotomist but wish to get some phlebotomy training I would suggest you get trained as a CNA and apply for a CNA position at a hospital (a teaching hospital is the best) because many hospitals will train their CNAs to do blood draws (which normally a phelbotomist would do) because its saves money. I will say that not every hospital does this but if you find one that does it can be helpful and a good learning experience. I will say that being trained from a year long college program in phelbotomy is different from the phlebotomy training you will receive as a CNA in a hospital, but in the end if you get the blood from the patient safely then that is the most important thing. What programs are you looking into for CNA and phelbotomy training?

  4. by   rancelumsden
    #2 0
    Seconding cjsoon2brn. Not personal experience, what I observed..........

  5. by   sonomala
    #3 0
    Before cna, I was going into phelbotomy. But all the programs around were full and cna was the next option. I am sooo thankful I went that way because I have since found out that around here, phelbotomy by itself is useless. I recently met a cashier at walmart who was cert if phelbotomy (a 200 hour course out here) and she couldn't find a job at any of the 3 major hospital systems, doctors offices ect. Shes going back for cna.
    Cna with phelbotomy I agree because like the first person to respond said it makes you stand out and is far more useful. Also around here many Nurse assistant level 2s get their phelbotomy certification and medication aide, basically at the ltcs they are gold.
  6. by   jeninthedesert
    #4 3
    I am a student nurse with experience in phlebotomy and as a CNA. If you are going into nursing school, I highly recommend working as a nursing assistant. You will learn a lot more fundamentals of nursing care as a CNA versus working in phlebotomy. While the experience with phlebotomy can come in handy during nursing school, ultimately it is not going to provide as much hands-on care as nurse assisting will.

    All of the knowledge I have acquired through my own CNA experience has been helping me greatly as I go through nursing school.
  7. by   cjcsoon2bnp
    #5 0
    Quote from sonomala
    Before cna, I was going into phelbotomy. But all the programs around were full and cna was the next option. I am sooo thankful I went that way because I have since found out that around here, phelbotomy by itself is useless.
    While I agree with most of what your saying I have to disagree that phlebotomy certification by itself is useless. The problem with it is that there aren't a ton of phlebotomy jobs out there and a lot of times getting any job in a hospital comes down to who you know and how determined you are to get the job. Phlebotomists with more experience have an easier time getting a job but there are opportunities out there, you just have to look for them.

  8. by   jswitch
    #6 0
    Can someone tell me exactly what the duties of a phlebotomist are?
  9. by   Zalan
    #7 0
    phlebotomist= Better pay for most part. Harder to find a job. More Labritory experience than nursing. Can work at Hospitals, labs, blood banks, & plasma centers.

    CNA= Basic or Pre-nursing skills. Less pay with alot of LTC faciliies hiring. Some states its needed before getting into the nursing program.
  10. by   Zalan
    #8 0
    Quote from jswitch
    Can someone tell me exactly what the duties of a phlebotomist are?
    You basically draw blood out of patents for testing. Or you handle hooking people up to Machines for donating blood or plasma. & also disconnect ppl from said machines.
  11. by   Markina21
    #9 1
    Im am a licensed Cna and I just finished my phlebotomy class and im going to become a registered phlebotomist in two weeks. If your going to go back to school like I am you will find the physical labor of being a Cna very tiring mixed with school it can be done but it is extremely challenging. Phlebotomy jobs are harder to find than Cna jobs but they usually pay more and there is no physical labor involved. Two is always better than one because you have options, there are also alot of jobs that would utilize both. Care Partners at Sentara utilize both and doctor offices will utilize you as a medical assistant.
  12. by   JEisinger
    #10 0
    I am currently a CNA and also have a certificate from a local community college as a phlebotomist. I was trying to get certified in my state, but because we didn't do a "clinical" We did our pokes on fake arms and I had a friend let me do blood draws on him about 10, but I couldn't count it for school.

    I don't have the required pokes to get certified. Now I am caught in the nobody will hire me because I don't have any experience, but I can't get any experience because no one will hire me.

    Make sure you check if they will help you get training and the required pokes to get certified and the experience.

    I also agree with the post that stated that you will get a ton of experience as a CNA. If you have the time and money it doesn't hurt to have both. If you plan on going on to nursing the phlebotomy really does help.

  13. by   mcnasty
    #11 0
    can anyone tell me how much a phlebotomy course generally costs?

    markina21- are you in norfolk? if so what about red cross for platelet donation. i love the girls there. they are so sweet and seem to like their jobs.
  14. by   pagandeva2000
    #12 4
    I would do both. Patient Care Associate/Technician positions usually require that the person be trained in both and also in EKG interpetation. It was a win-win for me when I obtained my phlebotomy certification. My course allowed us to take the certification exam and then, I went to do volunteer work in a hospital for a month to just draw blood. I became very good and eventually, got hired for a few agencies that allowed me to draw blood exclusively. Eventually, I got hired as a Patient Care Associate. The same place that hired me allowed me a full time leave of absence with pay to become an LPN...and STILL, I get many side positions because I am not afraid to draw blood.

    I believe that having both will enhance your chances to obtain a hospital position.

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