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Souraya Pinkston
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Souraya is a Registered and Certified Phlebotomy Technician who brings forth 18 years of experience.


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Effective Blood Collection - Phlebotomy

An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health care professionals, and other interested individuals.

Phlebotomy, or bloodletting as it was originally called, is the art of blood collection, and dates back to well before the 5th century B.C. It was used as a form of battling sickness. It was believed that the draining of some of a person’s “bad” blood, generally 1-4 pints, would allow them to be healed from whatever was ailing them. **An interesting side note – our 1st president, George Washington, died as a result of complications from bloodletting. He developed a throat infection after being drained of nearly 9 pints of blood! In today’s society, venipuncture is one of the most routinely performed invasive procedures and is carried out for two reasons, to obtain blood for diagnostic purposes and to monitor levels of blood components. Blood analysis is one of the most important diagnostic tools available to healthcare professionals. Without the collection and testing of blood samples it would be very difficult to definitively determine what is affecting a person’s health, and what can be done about it. The venipuncture procedure is complex, requiring both knowledge and skill to perform. For this reason, it is extremely vital that the methods of obtaining blood samples are carried out with the efficiency and care.

The phlebotomy procedure is performed by many healthcare professionals, with many facilities and institutions requiring nurses to perform this important function. Due to the lack and or inconsistency of phlebotomy basics in nursing curricula, the nurse will find this course beneficial. In all 50 states, an RN, LPN/LVN, APN, or any other licensed nurse can legally collect blood using their current licensure, and does not need to obtain any additional phlebotomy certification. Additionally, in most states, phlebotomy technicians and medical assistants may not be required to maintain any phlebotomy licensure, but will still need to maintain and enhance their skill set.

Designed to provide education on the different methods of blood collection and the most effective methods to perform blood collection, this course will enable the development of the skills and knowledge needed to confidently perform phlebotomy.


Upon completion of this course the user will be able to:
  1. Distinguish between the different methods of blood collection.
  2. Understand which method to choose.
  3. Properly identify the correct order of draw and understand the difference between the additives in the tubes.
  4. Know the meaning of an anti-coagulant.
  5. Identify and correct pre-analytical complications.
  6. Determine appropriate needle insertion angles and understand the most appropriate and effective methods to use when attempting to locate a vein, and when needing to adjust.


Chapter 1
Blood Collection Equipment
  • Venipuncture Equipment
  • Tubes and Additives
  • Syringes
  • Safety Needles and Holders
  • Needles
  • Microcollection Equipment
Chapter 2
Venipuncture Procedures
  • Standard Precautions
  • Preparing for the Patient
  • Patient Identification
  • Patient Interaction
  • Vein Selection
  • Preparing the Site
  • Performing Venipuncture
  • Procedure Completion
  • Syringe Method
  • Labels
  • Patient Prioritization
Chapter 3
Pediatric and Geriatric Procedures
  • Pediatric Blood Collection
  • Psychology
  • Pediatric Phlebotomy Procedures
  • Heel stick Procedure
  • Neonatal Screening
  • Pediatric Venipuncture
  • Geriatric Patients
Chapter 4
Pre-analytical Complications in Blood Collection
  • Patient Complications Affecting Blood Specimens
  • Complications with Test Requests and Identification
  • Complications with Specimen Collection Procedures

Course Snapshot

Cost: $ 30.00
Contact Hours: 3


After successful completion the licensed nurse: RN, LPN/LVN will receive 3.0 contact hours. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467 and by the Florida Board of Nursing, CE Broker Tracking # is 20-343296.

This document must be retained by the licensee for a period of four years after the course concludes.
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