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Is phlebotomy a hard job?

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Davis’s Answer

phlebotomists are the technicians who draw blood for testing purposes, or for blood banking and use in surgery. Phlebotomy is one of the easiest health-care professions to enter, with minimal training and certification requirements.
Phlebotomists must be licensed to practice in California, but in most states licensing is not required and certification is voluntary. However, certification demonstrates both professionalism and a demonstrated competency in the field, and merits preferential hiring or higher wages from many employers. Certification is available from several organizations, including the National Phlebotomy Association, the American Society for Clinical Pathology and American Medical Technologists. Prerequisites are different for each organization and may include formal classroom instruction, jobsite training or a combination of training in a related field with hands-on experience. Usually, candidates must document at least 100 successful vein and skin punctures.
Training for phlebotomists is brief and usually practical. A high school diploma or equivalent is the usual qualification. Community and vocational colleges offer certificate programs ranging from several weeks to a few months in length, and some clinics or hospitals offer training on the job. Phlebotomists must understand the mechanics of drawing blood samples from a vein or smaller smears from a skin puncture. They must also clearly understand how to avoid contaminating samples, and maintain them at safe storage temperatures. Blood and needles are potential biohazards and must be handled appropriately to ensure the patients' and phlebotomists' safety.

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Estelle’s Answer

Just like with any job, sometimes it's easy, and sometimes it's very challenging. Some patients are well and have great veins, and some are ill or dehydrated and more difficult to draw. You need to be calm and comforting. As you get better and better at drawing blood, your confidence will build, and patients will notice. You also need to be organized. Drawing blood, labeling it, and getting it to the lab is critical business in medicine, so take your job seriously, and you will be great!

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Alicia’s Answer

Hi Jessica,
I am not a phlebotomist but I currently work as a medical assistant and am phlebotomy trained. It really is all about practice. It’s not very technically difficult to draw blood but practice makes you more efficient and faster. If you’re looking at phlebotomy for pre-health reasons, I would recommend pursuing something more broad like cna or medical assistant because you’ll be able to do much more and interact with patients in a variety of different ways.

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