As we have argued on number of occassions, the job of a cna is an absolutely critical one in any hospital. Unfortunately it is looked upon as a job that does not invlove much skill though. While we do not agree with that view, the fact remains that the perception about CNAs most change for the payback from cna training to go up.
The job of a phlebotomist is something that CNAs should be able to easily handle. For those who do not know, a phlebotomist is a professional who draws blood from patients for testing purpose. No certification is necessary as per regulation. However getting a phlebotomy certification will definitely increase the chances of getting a job as phlebotomist.
Certified nursing assistants, with required skills, should be natural choice for a phlebotomist job as these people already have the human skills required. Hardly any other professional has as much knowledge about handling angry or scared patients as CNAs and that is one of most important challenges faced by phlebotomists on a daily basis.
Even from the perspectives of the employer, if the same person is able to handle two jobs then the total expense is going to come down. We intend to talk to people in the phlebotomy domain to bring more data about the profession to you. In the meantime please let us know if you will be interested in learning more about it.