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PCE: Phlebotomist at Blood Donation Center

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I'm looking for some feedback on the quality of my direct patient-care hours. I work as a phlebotomist/medical screener at a blood donation center. I check-in donors, take their vitals (temp, bp, pulse), do dermal punctures, and set them up at the plasmapheresis machine and monitor their well-being during the donation.

I am worried that this kind of patient care ranks pretty low because I am not in a hospital setting and donors have to be inherently healthy for the procedure. 

Do you guys think this is good enough to apply next year or should I look for a different job?

I will have plenty of volunteer hours in hospitals, shadowing, medical mission and a good GPA (3.8).

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From what I understand is that your experience would likely rank lower.  Not necessarily a deal breaker.  As a phlebotomist you typically are not doing assessments or using much medical judgment but you do work directly with patients.  I was a medical scribe and I would rank scribe dPCE a lot lower than phlebotomist dPCE.  Never hurts to want more responsibility and get work that gets you better dPCE.  If I were you I would apply for PA school and also apply for another job.  I did this.  I switched to working as a dialysis technician during the start of my first application cycle and got into PA school on my second attempt.

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Based on your description of the position I would say this is fairly good PCE, especially since you are directly caring for others (vitals, phlebotomy, monitoring, etc). I use these skills everyday as an ED Tech though I am often caring for patients of a much higher acuity. The best way to answer your question would be to directly reach out to programs you're interested in and ask!

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