In today's difficult economy, almost any job in the healthcare field is going to help an individual become somewhat recession-proof. By getting a phlebotomist certification, one can open up a number of different environments in which to earn a living. By obtaining a phlebotomist certification, you will learn how to draw blood from an individual's vein in the best, safest, most efficient method - and as painlessly as possible.
There are a number of different types of schools or courses where you can learn this skill. Since it is a relatively simple skill, your training may not need to be as extensive or expensive as certain other technical certifications. Check for a school that is local and easy for you to attend daily, that is accredited or that at least has a proven track record of successful placement, and which will offer you plenty of opportunity to practice your skills before you take your qualifying exam. A weekend course may be sufficient for those who have already had some experience drawing blood, but the true novice should opt for a more in-depth class.
To obtain a phlebotomist certification, your training will entail you learning how to identify which vein is the most likely for an easy blood draw. Then you will have to make the vein protrude by binding under it, usually with a band of some sort. Often the band is latex; however, many people are on "latex precautions", so you will have to become aware of that first. Once the vein is identified and ready, after using sterile precautions, you will place the needle in the vein and let the blood flow into the number of vials you have been instructed for a particular patient.
You cannot get a phlebotomist certification if you are squeamish about blood or have unsteady hands. This certification is important because you will be doing a single job function over and over. The more that you do it, the better you should become at it. Therefore, most patients, this writer included, would prefer a phlebotomist to draw blood than a nurse or even doctor, because the phlebotomist will have more experience and therefore will almost always get the proper vein on the first try with less pain and trauma for the patient.
There are many different places where you can work once you have obtained a phlebotomist certification. One of the main places is in a hospital setting. This gives you a choice of day or night hours, as in a hospital, blood often needs to be drawn around the clock. That would mean that you could choose your shift according to what is available when you apply. Phlebotomists are also used in labs located outside of hospitals. These jobs might be in the independent labs that doctors refer patients to, or in a doctor's office itself.