Introduction The career that I am interested in is phlebotomy. I have chosen this career because I intend to be a nurse. For a career in the nursing field you will have to be certified and capable of drawing blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing. Phlebotomist are “highly trained technicians who collect blood and other fluid samples from pediatric and adult patients” Affordances and Drawbacks Being trained as a phlebotomist would be an affordance because it “is a vital part of today’s ultra-modern and vast health care industry” (BLS, 2008,np).
People use these trained technicians every day. There for if you are trained and certified, hospitals, doctors, and even prisons will be looking to hire you. After doing a lot of research I found that a drawback of this career is that “dissatisfaction is related to the lack of respect from nurses and a limited career pathway” Where you work. I am sure that it is a very stressful work setting. Surely the stress would be more significant when you’re in a hospital setting. Also another drawback would be having to draw blood from a child or infant. Being a mother I never want to hurt a sick child, but if I do my job well and don’t hurt them too much hopefully I can help them get better. Growth Potential and Income Potential According to the (California Department of Public Health, 2013, p1) there are three different types of phlebotomy certification “limited phlebotomy technician, they are authorized to do skin puncture and blood collection only. Certified phlebotomy technician 1, they are authorized to do venipuncture and skin punctures, and certified phlebotomy technician 2, they are authorized to do venipuncture, arterial puncture and skin puncture”. So there is obviously a lot of growth potential. A certified phlebotomy technician 2 makes about $10,000 more a year than a limited phlebotomist. According to the (occupational employment statistics, 2012, p4) Nevada is a high paying state for phlebotomist. The yearly wage is “ $34,070 – $38,750 a year”. The hourly wage is “$18.48”. That is enough money for me. Also being a phlebotomist would further me into my nursing career which has a much greater salary. Job Satisfaction To be satisfied at any job I believe you must be an outgoing person and willing to work with anyone. Even though there has been reports of job dissatisfaction, stress, and burnout (Kluger, M.T., & Bryant J., 2008, p3).
The result from the Career Interests Profiler was that I was realistic, conventional, and artistic. It is interesting under the realistic list, it states “require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.” I do like to work outside with our animals and I do not like to work closely with others but I am involved with a lot of paperwork as an accountant. ...
Someone has to do this job to try and keep our society healthy. I believe that I would be great at this job. It would make me feel a sense of accomplishment to be helping the world live a healthier life. All jobs will be stressful at one point or another. People who work at mc Donald’s experience the same amount of stress as a nurse. It all depends on your attitude and what you want in your work life. Conclusion When I started researching this career there were some things that I did not know. The most interesting thing that I discovered was that drawing blood on yourself can be “a rare form of self-mutilation” (Faulconer, E. & House, M.,2001,vol 55, no3).
In this case study there was a woman who had intrusive suicidal thoughts. To sooth these feelings she looked up auto phlebotomy on the internet and learned how to draw her own blood. Then she would withdraw 250cc of blood and wash it down the sink. She did this so often that she was miss diagnosed with “severe iron deficient anemia” (Faulconer,E., & House,M.,2001,vol 55,no 3).
After all my research I have decided that this is the job for me because according to the (BLS,2008,np) you’re looking for a dynamic career that shows real growth potential, phlebotomy may be just the job for you!