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In order to teach the phlebotomy portion of a clinical procedures course, do I need any other certifications besides a BSN?

Wednesday March 20, 2013
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Dear Nancy,

In order to teach the phlebotomy portion of a clinical procedures course, do I need any other certifications besides a BSN? I completed an IV therapy and phlebotomy course in 1997, but I have not drawn blood in 12 years. I am registered for a phlebotomy course for the medical professional so I can provide students with the best knowledge and skills possible.

Ava



Nancy Brent replies:

Dear Ava,

A quick response to your question really is not possible, because a lot depends on the requirements of the educational program in which you are teaching. Also important are any state laws (e.g., a phlebotomy regulations statute, certification requirements) that might impact your role. Some general comments can be made, however.

The first issue to consider is the fact that your courses in phlebotomy and IV courses were completed in 1997. Because that was 16 years ago, you will need to take a refresher or updated course in both of these areas. You indicated you were going to take a course in phlebotomy, which is a good start to ensure your skills are current.

There are several resources available for you to consult with. There is the Infusion Nurses Society (www.Ins1.org) that contains a wealth of information on intravenous therapy, certifications and position statements. Another is the National Phlebotomy Association (www.nationphlebotomy.org). Also, the National Association of Phlebotomy Professionals (http://nappusa.org.tripod.com/) provides certification and educational programs for all health professionals who do phlebotomy.

Regards,
Nancy




Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, is an attorney in private practice in Wilmette, Ill. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as legal or any other advice. The reader is encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney or other professional when an opinion is needed.