I want to have a small part time job in a hospital for this summer . Can anyone give me any ideas? Thanks
i'm a phleb and I can say it's great, you get amazing patient contact (good and bad patients). I get to work in the ER on traumas. One main benefit is that you gain an appreciation for the lab and how it works, which will benefit you in school and beyond. I say this because there are many nurses and docs who have no idea what goes on in the lab. Case in point: Dr. orders a CBC on bagged urine. NO CAN DO. I learned how to be a phleb taking classes at night one summer, it was about 6 weeks. If you're in Oregon I can give you some good leads....
You would have to wonder, wouldn't you? I'm at a community hospital too, no residents or students. This was a bona fide attending who was irate that we couldn't accomodate his ridiculous request. I'm also a real fan of the nurses who want to share a fingerstick glucose with say, a PT or a chem screen. You can do them simultaneously of course, but you can't technically share them. While I'm ranting, I have nurses call me up all the time wanting to use blood in lab when it's not possible. Because of various tube additives, it's not possible to share an EDTA specimen with something that requires heparinized plasma. Do they teach this in nursing school? I hope so, but I doubt it. Judging from the irate voices on the other end of the phone, I don't think they do.
Do what I did: Become a Pharmacy Technician.
quick test and you're in.
Thing about mine, while I am getting the clinical experience, I work midnights and go on codes(Cardiac and respiratory arrests) since there aren't any pharmacists to do it on midnights except one guy and he has to enter orders on a computer.
As such, I get to watch an ER doctor and a room full of nurses try to save a patient.
I hand em the meds.
I worked three hospital jobs through hs and undergrad: lab tech, admissions coordinator, and ER tech. None had any certification or educations reqs associated with them. The admissions thing paid the most, about the same as a pharmacy tech. The ER job was the most fun. I had a friend who was a transporter and he liked it, but you should be in decent shape.
Lab tech - and no degree huh? Never wonder why laboratory professionals have chips on their shoulders... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_Technologist
Anyway - I would agree that phlebotomy is an excellent choice with a minimum of 'official' training. If you are a college sophomore, it's not too late to switch to Allied Health - Medical Technology either
I would urge anything that provides you with a LOT of patient contact, but phlebotomy provides a unique opportunity, because when you appear before a patient - you're there to stick a needle in them. This "pre-conceived" notion can definitely improve your interpersonal skills and people-problem solving ability.
Ha. As a phlebotomist you really are the last person that every patient in the hospital wants to see.
I recommend the work for personal edification, but students should know that it's not the sort of thing that can make up for low numbers as far as adcoms are concerned.
What about CNAs? I know some people who go this route end up being pretty much exclusively diaper-changers, but couldn't someone who was bright, eager to learn, polite to the other nurses, etc. end up getting to at least see (if not, perhaps, actually DO) some interesting stuff?
I have a question ... how did you prepare for this pharmacy technician exam if it is online and all the questions are pharm. related? Do you already have a background in this or did you take a Pharmacology course as an undergrad or something? Or was there a particular guide you studied?
I think everyone agrees on good numbers... However, I don't think anyone on SDN is qualified to make any statements about what an institution is looking for in it's next class.
The fact is, we do not know. If phlebotomy gets you to patients, if you like being a CNA, or EMT, because of the job, then do it.
Not everything needs to be done because it looks good on a CV.
How does one get training to become a phlebotomist? Do you have to take courses and become certified or are there places that provide onsite training. From the research I've done, most are programs that take 3+ months part time and 1 month full-time plus an externship? Also, just curious, is the pay reasonable?
Try to get a job as a transporter, they take patients to the different deptartments for tests, you get alot of direct patient contact, you dont need any speical training (just CPR), plus you may get a good LOR from a doctor...
I have been doing it for 5 years and I have learned alot and have seen alot