Overall I enjoyed my experience as a intern. What I received from my experience was knowledgeable and I was able to apply what I learned to my skills.
Pros: I loved learning from each phlebotomist that trained me.
Cons: Observing politics in the work place.
I went in to Ingalls Memorial as a student interning under the Phlebotomy Program of Moraine Valley Community College.
My day started cleaning my lab unit before seeing patients and stocking my area.
I learned so much as a student in how to prefect my skill by observing other phlebotomist. Everyone was nice and very helpful.
My skills improved each day I received a patient.
Venipuncture and butterfly system was the only system I used.
Management gave me things to do when there was down time. I observed their computer system (Soft Lab) by watching staff checking and receiving specimens from out-patient/in-patient in central processing.
I inoculated 5 blood cultures before sending them to microbiology.
I was not allowed to perform venipuncture on any patient that was 18 years or under, but I did observed children from 2 weeks to 18 years old.
I believe the hardest part of the job, but I found most challenging, was locating hard to find veins. I did miss but was able to redirect successfully. I enjoyed the patients and pleasing them when they realized I didn't hurt them when inserting needle. I have the soft touch.