How to become a Phlebotomy Technician

Becoming a phlebotomy technician is a great career choice for anyone that wants a stable and rewarding job in the medical field. A phlebotomy technician is also known as a phlebotomist, blood drawer, or a phlebotomy tech. This health career path will provide you with very stable employment, terrific health benefits, and a very good salary.

As a phlebotomist, you will be drawing blood from patients, and this means that you’ll be working in a challenging environment that has a lot of responsibilities. The majority of your work will be dealing directly with patients, therefore you must be accurate, pay strict attention to details, be able to communicate effectively, and work well under pressure.

As a phlebotomy technician, you will not have a hard time getting a job because your employment outlook is expected to be very good in the coming years. As a matter of fact, the demand for skilled phlebotomist’s is expected to rise as much as 20% in the coming decade. This means that the field the phlebotomy is extremely secure and growing. As a phlebotomist, you will be able to find jobs at clinical laboratories, hospitals, nursing homes, and blood banks.

Free Phlebotomy Training

If you are looking for a way to get into the lucrative medical field business and you are afraid of a little blood, then becoming a phlebotomist might be an excellent career choice for you. Even better, did you know that you can get free phlebotomy training to become a certified phlebotomist? Well, you can, and it might be a lot easier than you think.

I’m sure you’ve probably seen ads all over the place advertising for training to become a certified phlebotomist. Most of these ads are from major universities like Kaplan University or the University of Phoenix. These are legitimate colleges that will train you to become a phlebotomist, but there’s another way you can become a phlebotomist that is not talked about a lot. There is actually free phlebotomy training out there if you know where to look.

The First Place You Should Look For Free Training

Mapping Your Career Path

If you are one of those people who take their career very seriously and if you have definite plans for how your career should develop and unfold, then mapping your career’s growth can help you know if you are staying on the path you chose or not. It can let you know if it’s time to kick things into overdrive or perhaps time to reevaluate your career plans.

Getting Started

Before you can create your own map, there are some things about yourself you will need to consider.

  • Know your own value system. This means the things that are important to you and the places in the sand where you draw the line.
  • Identify Your Life Goal. This is the reason you work, the achievement of a particular goal, the light at the end of the tunnel. You cannot know how well you are doing at moving toward your goal if you haven’t identified what it is.
  • Name your strengths and weaknesses. Do not hide them or cover them up. Embrace them. They will guide you down your career path.
  • Understand your likes and dislikes. If you are to succeed in your chosen career, you have to enjoy what you are doing for the better part of the time. A career that pays great won’t serve you well if you hate to do it.
  • List the skills you currently have and those you need to get to the goal. These will help give you direction along the way.

Maybe Want to Become an RN – The Basics

 

Time for a career change? Think about nursing? Well, become a Registered Nurse and enjoy a pretty tough but rewarding profession. Here is a short description:

Registered nursing is, in fact, the fastest growing field in healthcare in the United States. Registered Nurses (RNs) are in great demand all over the country and in a great many areas of the United States, there is actually a shortage of qualified RN qualified individuals, which has led to a number of states creating special incentive packages to encourage more people to consider becoming an RN.

Exactly how to become an RN is a question that many people have. How much schooling does it entail, how long will it take and how much will it all cost are all important considerations.

How to Become an RN – What are the Basic Educational Options?
 – There is, in fact, no standard path for future RN candidates to take when it comes to getting the education they need to become a fully qualified Registered Nurses. There are several different educational paths that can be followed: a master’s degree in nursing (MSN), a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma.

Oops…Did I just catch you thinking small?

I recently ran into a young gentleman who told me he was going to start a website design business.

“Who is your business going to serve?” I asked him. “Local business owners,” he replied. “Have you ever thought about serving business owners across the world?” I asked him “No,” he said.

By all means, I am not taking anything away from this ambitious young man.  We need many more like him.  I am only trying to illustrate a hugely important point that 99% of all entrepreneurs in America are missing: you can have a global business overnight, today even if you want to.  In many cases, developing the global component for your business can mean the difference between success and failure.

With more and more countries coming online to the global business world, there is no reason not to take your business to the doorsteps of the new and emerging capitalist countries of the world. Moreover, you can also grow your market and have loyal customers that grow with you. What do I mean?

How Big Were The 2014 GED Test Changes Really?

In this post, I talk about the changes in the GED that became effective in 2014.

Most significant changes: Computer-based, Affordability, Non-transferable credits, Difficulty.

In most states, the General Education Development (GED) examination was changed in 2014 and learners who have not completed the full examination by the end of that year, did see their scores not transferable anymore.

Roughly once every 10 years, the GED exam is updated because it is a high school equivalency test. That implies that the GED test-takers must meet up with the identical educative specifications as high school graduates would. Therefore it is a natural fact that the GED is changing according to high school curricula. Also, GED study materials need to change and many websites also upgraded their practice tests. So far, the website Covcell GED Prep is one of the best courses for GED preparation and they offer also great lesson plans!

In 2002 we saw the (2nd) latest update of the GED examination, and until 2014, there were a lot of people who were engaged in the 2002 GED exam version but hadn’t completed the test yet. They really needed to get themselves together and complete the examination before the end of that year, as their test scores would not be valid anymore after December 2013.

Do You Know How to Be Truly Happy?

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This is a question I have quietly (in my head) asked many people the last few years.  With the worldwide decline in the economy and the tremendous loss of material possessions.

Many people have been left “materially naked”.  Without these material things to cover ourselves, we have been left with the person in the mirror.  And for many, the person in the mirror is the person they most despise.  It was not until this massive worldwide loss of material possessions came about that many people realized how much “stock” they put into “things”.

It has become very apparent that as a society, we tend to define and value ourselves by “what we have”.  For me, I like things, but I am not attached to them.  If I have them… great, if I don’t fine.  If I have to get rid of something… I do and really do not think about how the next person views the disappearance of that material possession.  I am happy nonetheless.

What Makes Me Happy

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Exercising never made me happy and I can’t say I had the best role models for that growing up.

I grew up in the suburbs of Philly during the 80’s. “Working out” was how many times you lifted a to your mouth or how many times you pounded out pizza dough. Living in California for as long as I have, it becomes a part of your daily life (or else you get kicked out of the state… Nah, I’m kidding… Sort of), but it still didn’t make me happy.

Friends and experts on the Internet told me that I needed to find something that I liked.  I learned that  I love everything that is related to horses, I don’t  have my own horse but I love all horse T-shirts and decorations, I have my favorite website with horse gifts and browsing it is the best way of relaxing.

Exercising made me feel good, helped with my depression and lessened my bouts with insomnia, but the lure of sitting on the couch and watching hours of TV after a really long work day was strong…

How Many Ipods Is Too Much?

I think my gadget love is getting a bit too much. I mean, who needs three iPods? And why are they still there?

I’m not joking, I’ve got an iPod Shuffle (1st gen) which I only really use as an extra flash drive, an iPod Shuffle (2nd gen) for when I’m either walking the dog or out running and an iPod touch for my “main” music player, even though it’s mostly photos and apps on there and only about 10 GB music on there.

And guess what I’ve asked my mum to bring me back from Hong Kong next week? Yup, an unlocked iPhone. Not quite sure why I need both an iPhone and an iPod touch but I do really want the phone version. I’ve hovered between that and the HTC Touch HD phone for the past week, but the iPhone is winning at the moment.

Do you own multiple MP3/MP4 players? I can’t be the only person…can I?

Finding quality sources online that aren’t Wikipedia

Since finding out about it, a lot of teachers have developed a vendetta against Wikipedia. I’ve known lots of kids who use it as their only source in a research paper, and teachers go bonkers when they see that. This is because Wikipedia is editable by anyone, making it an unreliable source for a formal report.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Wikipedia as much as the average person. Like any Internet hipster, I look up information on Wikipedia all the time. I know how much the regulars over there guard pages against any harm, but I also know that anyone who looks around long enough will find some incorrect fact on a page. I have found many, and I regret to say that Wikipedia isn’t as flawless as we’d all like it to be.