Until about 4 -5 years ago that's the way we did it too. Shortly thereafter the lab went to the glucose meters and the phlebotomists would come to the floor and then post the results on a white china board.....(later stopped because of patient confidentiality).
Then they decided that the nurses didn't have *enough to do* so they did away with the labs phleb.s and we had to draw and do all labs. Whoopee......the patients weren't consulted
and for many it was a *learning experience* to say the least.
Then FINALLY someone got the floors a handheld glucose interfacing meter and we actually had immediate results. True point of care testing (POCT).
TPTB also relented and each floor had a phleb. for the 6am routine labs so the nurses could be spared. STATs were still the nurses tasks.
THEN....get this.....Medicare ruled that the hospital couldn't charge a phlebotomy fee for nurses drawing blood! (Nurses are part of the room and board.) So all their brilliant plotting actually LOST money!
POCT of blood sugars is surely within the budget of even a small place. A little inservice and off you go.