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How to get phlebotomy experience

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by Ginger80 Ginger80 (New Member) New Member

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I'm a new grad (LVN, or RPN here in Canada) , and I was hired at a LTC facility.

The money is pretty good, but the responsibilities are pretty vast. I work full time night shift and I have 140 residents. Yes 140!

Most of them sleep all night, but when I have a fall or something more "critical", it's VERY stressful.

I am looking for something else as I sometimes come home crying with frustration.

I would love to be able to work in a clinic or Dr's office, but I noticed that they often ask for phlebotmony experience.

Where can I gain this experience? The hospitals here are not hiring at the moment, but do they do any sort of training for this?

Thanks for reading.

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DogWmn works as a Patient Sitter.

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I took a 6 week phlebotomy course, but I'm not familar with what would be available in Canada.

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6,170 Visitors; 85 Posts

Thanks for the replies!

And Chinook, I never thought of looking into Blood Services! I certainly will! :)

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classicdame works as a Hospital Education Coordinator and adjunct nursing.

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ask the hospitals if they have any ideas. I take new hires and put them in areas where lots of IV's are done, or lab work, for 1-2 days. They get expert fast.

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cjcsoon2bnp works as a ED NP and Clinical Instructor.

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I was trained as a phlebotomist but had trouble finding a job once I graduated from my program (partially because I was still in school for nursing and didn't have the greatest availability) but one way I gained experience was that I volunteered at a free clinic in their lab and did phlebotomy there. A great way to gain experience while choosing your own hours.

!Chris :specs:

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