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LVN to CLS??? Any advice is greatly appreciated :)

Hello,

I just finished my LVN program in San Diego, CA. I'm currently waiting for my ATT and already got my IV CERT. I started doing my pre req for BSN a month ago and fell inlove working in labs.

Now I'm not really sure if I want to pursue my BSN or just go to Clinical Laboratory Scientist. I know that CLS makes less than an RN, but thats not a problem for me since I have always been fascinated by "Science". Also one of the reason I started pursuing BSN was because I was told I can be a research nurse and yes I always wanted to go to research.

So here are my questions:

Can I work as a phlebotomist as a LVN with IV Cert?

(reason for doing this is to get my lab experience for future internship for CLS)

What is more competitive getting into a BSN school or CLS internship (San Diego, CA)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Very respectfully,

The Angry Cook

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership. Has 14 years experience.

I'm intrigued by the fact that you signed your post "The Angry Cook" when your username is something else entirely.

If you want to work as a phlebotomist, you should look into becoming certified. Look this up on the CA gov website. I once found the requirements listed in table format. The blood draw/IV therapy LVN certification won't be enough to get this type of job. The other question would most likely be answered by someone who has done both, not a common occurrence.

Thank you for pointing that out. I didn't even realize that my username was not the angry cook :)

If you want to work as a phlebotomist, you should look into becoming certified. Look this up on the CA gov website. I once found the requirements listed in table format. The blood draw/IV therapy LVN certification won't be enough to get this type of job. The other question would most likely be answered by someone who has done both, not a common occurrence.

Thank you so much :)

I'm intrigued by the fact that you signed your post "The Angry Cook" when your username is something else entirely.

Thank you for pointing that out. I didn't even realize that my username was not the angry cook

There are ten phlebotomy programs in SD county, including Vista Adult School, Grossmont Health Occupations, San Diego Mesa College, and Newbridge College depending upon where you live. Apparently my last post is moderated because it contains the link to the CA Dept of Public Health, where you can find the license requirements. HTH