The majority of employers with phlebotomy jobs require certification. Like many other professional licenses or certifications, phlebotomy certifications must be renewed periodically. Most certifying agencies require proof of continuing phlebotomy education in order to renew a Certified Phlebotomy Technician certificate. Many of these agencies hold conferences or offer courses, with study guides or ancillary materials, to satisfy these requirements.
The purpose of continuing education is to verify that you stay informed about the latest developments in the field of phlebotomy and maintain the highest standards in blood collection techniques and specimen handling. You'll learn about current research trends and what new discoveries have been verified.
Many agencies offer continuing education units (CEUs) online or in video format, although it can be quite exciting to attend a live CEU conference and meet other practicing phlebotomists. There is usually a straightforward examination you must pass that proves you absorbed and understood the material presented in the course.
Continuing education provides positive benefits for you, your employer, and the patients you serve. It gives you a chance to learn new things, sharpen your skills and make new contacts in your field. It helps you provide the best possible services to your patients, and it benefits your employer by reducing malpractice insurance premiums and, hopefully, decreasing the risk of malpractice lawsuits.
Technological advances take place in the field of medicine every single day. Most doctors and other healthcare professionals spend a large portion of their time reading journals, participating in specialty conferences, and taking continuing education courses to make sure they keep up with new techniques, procedures, theories, and advancements.
Phlebotomists are healthcare professionals in every way. Plan on participating in continuing education courses that will help you stay current and be as knowledgeable as you can possibly be in your chosen field.