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Upcoming Interview at a Plasma Donation Center!

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Specializes in Specialty Oncology Pharmacy. Has 6 years experience.

Ok, so currently I work as a mobile therapeutic apheresis nurse. The hours are great but I'm getting tired of the traveling. I'm having a hard time paying my bills due to massive credit card debt so I decided that I would try to donate plasma to make a little extra money. Anyway, I call the center and while I'm on hold I get a beep in on the other line. I answer the call and (this is the crazy part) HR from the same plasma center I was on hold with called me to ask for an interview!! I had applied with them in OCTOBER!! So, my interview is scheduled for this Wednesday. My question is: what do nurses do at plasma centers and do you think I'll be paid as well as I am now? I thought it was too much of a coincidence that they called when they did to turn down the interview!

TheMoonisMyLantern, ADN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Mental health, substance abuse, geriatrics, PCU. Has 14 years experience.

That is a hysterical coincidence! I have no experience in blood donation so I can't really help with your questions other than the fact that they both sound like great questions to ask during your interview.

1. What will my responsibilities in this position be?

2. What is the starting pay for this position?

GoddessLilithLPN

Specializes in Specialty Oncology Pharmacy. Has 6 years experience.

Thanks for the link qwertyf! My interview is this Wednesday! Please let me know how your first day went! I think I'll thrive at a plasma donation center not only because I'm great at assessments but I also have 2 years of experience with therapeutic apheresis, which is similar to what you will find at the plasma donation center! I figure I'll be able to market myself effectively, maybe talk them into more $$ because not only can I do their assessments but also do their plasmapheresis in case anyone calls out! Good luck next week:-)

You're welcome! It sounds like you'd be the ideal candidate. I start a 2 month training session next week. My assessment skills are rusty, worked as a urology nurse then was jobless for a while. I know with experience I'll improve, just wish my skills were stronger at the get go. Here's another link that has some posts about plasma nursing:

https://allnurses.com/gsearch.php?cx=partner-pub-9350112648257122%3Avaz70l-mgo9&cof=DIV%3Acacaca%3BBGC%3AF8F7F5%3BFORID%3A11&ie=UTF-8&as_q=plasma+nurse

Hello everyone. Hi qwertyf. I've read all the links that you've posted and they are very helpful. Thanks for taking time to post them. I am here because I have an interview tomorrow with a plasma center and I wanted to know questions they usually ask. If you can also enlighten me about what the job entails, would really appreciate it. :)

A little about me. I am in the category of "old grad" RN. Graduated '09 but not much nursing activities due to call of stay-at home-motherly duties. Finally just last month I took the NCLEX and passed in 2nd attempt and now the grim job hunt. :(

My newborn is now a yr old and we are desperate for a second income. Considering I haven't had clinicals in 2 years (although I feel confident with my assessment skills) is it a right fit for me? How is the training? ...too much questions? I apologize if I am bombarding you with the queries, I just think that you're the right person to ask.

I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks again.

Just read your post now so your interview has come and gone already. Your question about training: plasma centers are regulated by the FDA so you will receive very in depth training by the company according to FDA standards and requirements. You will most likely be cross-trained in all phases of plasma donation from initial screening to phlebotomy and plasma collection to finally a physician substitute (nurse) where your job will be to take extensive medical histories and perform a head to toe physical exam on donors. You will be trained by the doctor in the facility for several months before you are deemed certifiable by said doctor and the company. I would coninue but a severe thunderstorm has started, gotta get off comp~

Interview went well. Seemed more casual than I had expected. She gave me a tour of the place beforehand and explained briefly the "whats" and the "wheres". Overall I felt great except that little nasty salary question towards the end. She asked my desired salary, I threw her back the question by asking about their salary ranges for an RN, but she threw it back at me by asking me what I absolutely wouldn't take...so I said instinctively "no lower than 25/hr" and I saw her slightly flinched while she jotted it down her paper. At that moment I thought..."ugh! wrong answer??????!!!"

Before we parted, she was upfront about having to interview more candidates for the position and that she will be needing more than one so expect a call back within a week or two if yay or nay. So far no call.

My husband and dad said, it was too high of a number (in these economy I should be happy with anything above $20). My nursing classmates said it was a reasonable demand if not a little low.

I am in the Los Angeles county where nothing is cheap and jobs are highly competitive. Considering my only medical experience is school clinicals and preceptorship, although I have about 10 yrs experience in customer service (which is a plus for the job). Did I ask for too much?

I make $25/hr where I work. Actually it's $23 now but will increase after certification. I don't necessarily think you went too high but what was up with her? Couldn't she just cut to the chase and tell you the salary? You could call her back to thank her for the interview and tell her you're really interested in the job and mention that you would be willing to negotiate on the salary. Hope it works out!

Hi! Yeah it was kinda weird that she can't tell me the salary range...felt like a haggling game. I specifically put on my app that salary is negotiable but she just had to get a number out of me. That's actually a good idea to let her know that I am really serious about the job. She said she will be on vacation this week so I will call her if she doesn't call first since she said she'll let me know on or before the 15th since she is on vacation this week. Thanks for the insight :).

JourneyRN

Specializes in ortho, school nursing.

I just finished applying for a plasma RN position on a whim. I say "on a whim" because right now I'm a stay at home mom and I'm using this time to casually job hunt (better to hunt when you're not desperate for money, right???) and I am absolutely NOT going to take a hospital job so needless to say I was excited to see such an interesting opportunity.

I was wondering how all of y'all are doing now? Did the ones with interviews get the job? Those that work as a plasma nurse, are you liking it?

Hope everyone is doing great! And maybe my phone will ring soon and God will answer my prayer for a "a nursing job that won't make me hate my life!" :-)

Hi there. I am still in the process of cross-training for all the other positions first and then in a month or so I'll be training for the actual position I was hired for. So far it's ok. I don't think plasma nursing will make you hate your life, it's pretty non-hectic, you get to take your breaks and lunches and can go to the bathroom instead of holding it all day. Dealing with some of the donors can be stressful at times b/c they have their problems and that's why they're selling their plasma. They can be very rude and angry if they're found to be unsuitable for donation, etc. which is a downer. But plasma banks compensate their employees quite well so that's a plus. It might be a good fit for you, who knows. Hope it works out.

Hello. I interviewed with a plasma center about 3 weeks ago and followed up with the manager last Tuesday. Her answer was: she is still "undecided" and that I should hear from her next week. In my mind I said...OOookay.... I assumed that since she's just coming back from a vacation that she has her hands full.

Earlier today I got a job offer for RN position at a HIV clinic I interviewed for last week. I eagerly accepted it. No weekends, paid holidays and excellent health benefits. I am so ecstatic I can't even sleep. Only catch is that it's a lot farther from my house compared to the plasma center.

I really wanted to work for the plasma place coz it's a lot closer but I feel like I'm getting the run around. I still think it's a good place to work at since it's a far cry from floor nursing and they offer great benefits as well. This particular one even offer tuition reimbursement.

Good luck! Hope they call soon.

Karl Farmer

Specializes in LTC, MDS, plasmapheresis. Has 25 years experience.

Typically it's one of the lower paying jobs, but it's easy, and you know what to expect. You can also get bonuses if you donate plasma, and they might let you do it on the clock. Also, if you are expert as IV insertion, you should be paid a premium, since any donor that can't get his cells back, or has access problems of whatever kind, can't donate on schedule- and plamsa centers are ALL about getting as many donors as possible, even offering referral bonuses. Also, I ran the Rhogam program at the place I was at- that was fun.

ajsmom, I briefly worked at a Los Angeles Plasma center in 2009 and they were paying 33.00/hr. Twenty five dollars an hour is very low pay for an RN in Los Angeles. Maybe due to the economy and so many desperate new grads looking for jobs, they have lowered their pay rate. Did you get the job? The center I worked for is Grifols. I recently saw an ad for an open position. You may want to apply there instead. I am curious to know what they are paying now. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

chybabe

Specializes in Med.Surg/ Psychiatry.

Hi there. I am still in the process of cross-training for all the other positions first and then in a month or so I'll be training for the actual position I was hired for. So far it's ok. I don't think plasma nursing will make you hate your life, it's pretty non-hectic, you get to take your breaks and lunches and can go to the bathroom instead of holding it all day. Dealing with some of the donors can be stressful at times b/c they have their problems and that's why they're selling their plasma. They can be very rude and angry if they're found to be unsuitable for donation, etc. which is a downer. But plasma banks compensate their employees quite well so that's a plus. It might be a good fit for you, who knows. Hope it works out.

Hi Qwerty,

I am currently a nurse at a Plasma center in Iowa and Im looking to relocate to Chicago very soon. Please do you know of any plasma center hiring down there? or is your job still hiring?I will really appreciate it if you can help me cos i have been looking both on indeed, simplyhired and all that but haven't had any luck. I have been at my job for 8 months so I know the job pretty well and it's fun! I also have 2.5 yrs of nursing experience too :). Please help!!! Thanks :)

Chybabe,

I know that the company I work for is not hiring anymore. I don't know of any that are. Maybe you could call plasma centers directly and let them know of your experience and interest in working for them. Good luck.

chybabe

Specializes in Med.Surg/ Psychiatry.

Chybabe,

I know that the company I work for is not hiring anymore. I don't know of any that are. Maybe you could call plasma centers directly and let them know of your experience and interest in working for them. Good luck.

Thanks :)