Published Dec 17, 2007
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I am interested in attending the MSA Program in October but have been unable to get the Asst Director to respond to a question. Maybe you can help. My concern is not knowing how I will react to the phlebotomy part of the program when it comes time to draw blood. I have never watched my own blood being drawn, so it gives me some pause. Curious what your experience was, if any with this. Did you or any of the other students have any issues and were they able to easily overcome them? Thanks!
I just graduated from the MSA program today and I can tell you that it is a very good program for anyone who has not been in the medical field. It teaches the CNA portion in which you go to a LTC facility to train for about a month and then you get a presentation in the classroom on Phlebotomy, then you go over to the hospital and get trained with their EKG tech's and Phleb tech's and do patient care that was learned at the LTC. I personally look the other way when my blood is drawn, however I was the first to be trained in the "one stop" area of the hospital for Phlebotomy and I really enjoyed drawing blood- also known as "sticking people". For me the two are different, getting blood taken from me (yuk) and me drawing from other people (yes!). There is a definite technique to Phlebotomy and I enjoyed it. You won't know unless you try, that's why I took this course; I was told that this was the way to find out if I really wanted to be in the medical field. Let me know what happens.:typing
Congratulations on graduating today! That's terrific. Thanks for the quick response. I do plan on applying for the October program and I will let you know how it goes. Did find getting into the program pretty easy and were the folks in the admissions office helpful? Both of my kids will be in high school this Sept and I am looking forward to getting started. Thanks!
Hi Lyndy- If you are going to apply for the Oct program you should apply about 2 months in advance. You will need to get your paperwork in order ie- medical and transcripts and that usally takes a while. Also, my only other suggestion is that whenever you send them any paperwork always, always follow up with an email ( that way you have your answer in writing). You need to keep on top of them. I got tired of trying to get a hold of someone on the phone- email is much better! They respond much quicker. The office staff tend to misplace paperwork, for example, my transcpits were send from housatonic on a Monday and on Wednesday I called St. V's to see if they received them yet- no they didn't. I called housatonic the same day and told them to resend the documents, St. V's called me 10 minutes later and guess what- they found my transcripts in another office. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Thanks for info and advice. I'd be interested to know where you end up working with your MSA certificate. Let me know and best of luck!
Just sent my Nursing application in to St. V's the other day.. so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!!!
Has anyone else heard back and been accepted? :)
Best of luck! Very exciting. I will be applying for their MSA program over the summer to begin in Oct.
Just wanted to find out what you are doing now. Did you look for a job in the field, or are you going on to a nursing program. I did get in to the MSA program at St. V. for the fall and am exicted. Just working on all of the immunizations they require. Would love to hear what you're doing.
Hi Lyndy- I graduated the MSA in April and got a job in homecare in June. The hospitals are not hiring for any of the skills that I learned while in the MSA program. I had interviews this week with 2 nursing homes and I started one of them yesterday and I have another interview today. So, technically right I have 2 jobs in healthcare right now. I put alot of effort into finding a job, a few hours a day on the computer to find out where the nursing homes were and to get to their websites. Out of the 10 students in my class only 3 have started jobs so far, it's a start.
While I was in the MSA program, I looked into the nursing program at St.V's and applied. I was accepted for fall 09. I am also taking an online course right now at st.v's, lifespan. I will start with A&PI in the fall- a&p is part of their nursing program. They really want you to take a&p at st.v's rather that another school. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask.
Are you glad that you went for the MSA rather than right into nursing? This will give the you opportunity to work while you are in the nursing program. Were you surprised that the hospitals weren't looking for MSA's? Was it just bad timing, or do the hospitals not have a real need for MSA's? Good luck in the jobs. You are in better shape than most people who can't find any work period.
Hi Lynn- Yes, I am very glad that I did the MSA first. I won't feel like it is so foreign to me when I start clinicals, I think that I would feel like a fish out of water. Plus, I really do think that you learn so much in the MSA, you get hands on training in an actual LTC (Lord Chamberlain) and then in the medical center at St. V's. I was advised in the very beginning when I was thinking about going to nursing school- to do CNA work first, you definetly find out if your cut out for this work! If you look around on allnurses, you will find that some states actually require their RN students to have been a CNA already, before appying to schools, so they don't waste time on simple things like making beds- you'll learn that as part of the CNA portion of the MSA course.
As far as not getting a job in a hospital, I do believe it is just timing. There are still other jobs out there- home health and per diem/perm in a nursing home. I believe it will pick up, it may take a little time though. Think positive!!!
Your instructor for the MSA can be tough, if you pay attention/do the work on site- some of the stuff is just common sense anyway.
I am very much looking forward to it and thanks for the info. I wish you the best. I am a bit apprehensive about phlebotomy. I want very much to do it and just hope I don't surprise myself but having an adverse reaction to it. Otherwise, I am ready to go! Sounds like the group that goes through MSA is kept small. You said there were ten in your class. I like that.
Thanks again for your experiences. Lynn
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