Monday, November 12, 2012

How to Choose a Healthcare Profession - CNA, LVN Vs PHL

lvn schools Are you interested in stepping into the healthcare field and don't know where to start?

Who are Phlebotomists? Who are LVNs? What is the difference between LVN and CNA?

In this article we will focus on two different Healthcare professions in order to help you get basic information before you make an important career choice.

Let's look at the careers of LVN, Licensed Vocational Nursing (including difference between LVN and CNA) and the PHL, Phlebotomist.

Phlebotomist (PHL)

Phlebotomy is mostly concerned with the collection of blood samples and the drawing of blood which will be later analyzed in the clinical laboratories.

To become a Phlebotomist, you will require minimum qualifications of high school diploma or equivalent education.

Phlebotomists are trained to work in laboratories, clinics and other related medical facilities. They work under the supervision of doctors and nurses. Phlebotomists usually have dual responsibilities of Medical Assistants/ Managers (if in a small office) and Phlebotomists.

The certification of Phlebotomy would require you to get trained on how to use the vacuum tubes, syringes and needles as well as develop the people skills and some clerical skills.

As a Phlebotomist you will be in direct contact with patients and therefore will be trained on how to professionally handle patients. You will be undergoing the training for necessary medical terminology as well as socio-cultural skills in order to interact with patients.

Some laboratories hire Phlebotomists to also maintain patient records and therefore you will either need to be familiar with the applications used for storing the database or be trained on that at the specific site, if hired.

The salaries of Phlebotomists are around $10.00 to $12.00 per hour. Various careers that you could pursue as a Phlebotomist are Phlebotomy Technician, Blood Bank Manager, Laboratory Technician and as a Blood Bank Technician. The academic courses for Phlebotomy would last anywhere between 9 to 30 months depending on the specializations that you prefer.

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