Phlebotomy Cert. Class...

  1. Hey Everyone!

    I'm getting excited and nervous about this weekend! I signed up for a phlebotomy certification course and it's this Saturday and Sunday. I decided to take this workshop because sticking people is one of my biggest "fears" about nursing and I just want to get it over with! We finish up the workshop with live draws...Yikes!!! I'm not sure if I'm more nervous about sticking somebody or being stuck by somebody else who doesn't know what they're doing!

    I'm quitting my job in August and I figured being a phlebotomist along with my CNA would help...and maybe open up a few more doors...

    Has anybody else taken a weekend seminar for phlebotomy? If so, what was it like? Thanks!

    Last edit by Hooligan on May 13, '03
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  3. by   ava'smomRN
    i havent taken a seminar but i am taking a 7 week course. just had my secondclass today. i hope you will enjoy the seminar and learn alot. Good Luck!
  4. by   kats
    I took a class at the hospital here on base while I was a volunteer. I had to do at least 50 successful sticks before I was allowed to take the test. The first few sticks were done on military people that worked in the lab. That helped to reduce the stress becuase they had been in the same position of learning. Make sure to listen to the patient. Most of the time they will know not only which vein is best to use, but also which needle. There are lots of things to remember, but it isn't too hard. Also be sure to use safety precautions with the needles to avoid sticking yourself. I am sure you will do fine. Let us know how it goes.
  5. by   jnette
    "Do what you fear the most".

    This will only be a help to you in the future. Before long, you'll be saying.."now just what did I think was so hard about THIS?"
  6. by   tonicareer
    Anyone know of any quick classes like this in Indiana?
  7. by   Hooligan
    Originally posted by tonicareer
    Anyone know of any quick classes like this in Indiana?
    I PM'd you with the link to the company that I'm using. They have workshops all over the place.

  8. by   Mrs.Yost
    can you PM me that website too? sounds like just what I need
  9. by   Jenn_RN
    I took a 4 hour class in phlebotomy when I started working in the ER. It takes a whil eto get the hang of it, but one thing: don't ever let them know you are new and don't know what you are doing. Someone here gave me the greatest advice tht I actually used and helped put someone at ease: when they ask if you've done this before, say "we do this all the time!". See, you haven't lied, but haven't scared the pants off them, either. Asking where they usually get blood drawn has been very helpful to me as well. Good luck and congrats! It's a great skill to have.
  10. by   Hooligan
    Originally posted by Mrs.Yost
    can you PM me that website too? sounds like just what I need
    Yup! I sent it to you.

    Jen, thanks for the tips! Unfortunately in class...we all know that we don't know what we're doing! LOL!

  11. by   gonnabeanurse2
    Could you also pm the website please....thanks!!
  12. by   Hooligan
    OK...check your PM's...I've sent them.

  13. by   nrselisa
    Bean, I hate to bother you. But, could you please PM it to me too? Thanks!!
  14. by   Hooligan
    Well the workshop went well and I'm now certified! I should be getting my certificate in the mail next week. Through this class I got about 40 "live draws" with syringes, vacutainers, & butterfly needles on the dummies and 2 draws on two different people in the class with the vacutainers. It was so great to see the blood come rushing into the tubes! Woo Hoo! Now I just need to find somewhere to volunteer to get more experience. I'm hoping to get a job in August as a phlebotomist somewhere and I want to get a bit more comfortable with the whole process. Anyway, I just wanted to update those who were interested in the class. Overall, I enjoyed it and I'm glad I did it before starting my program...I think it helped my confidence level!