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Certified Phlebotomist Shares Experiences with Students



Mar 17, 2014

Shirley Smith, former student and certified phlebotomist, recently visited the Invasive Clinical Procedures class at the Knoxville Campus.  Shirley truly has extensive experience as her son is a hemophiliac.  Hemophilia is a disorder that impairs the body’s ability to control blood clotting which is used to stop bleeding when a blood vessel is broken.  For more than 14 years, she has had to perform infusions on him.  “After taking care of my son and going through multiple surgeries with him, I figured I might as well get paid to do this,” said Shirley.  “So I completed a phlebotomy course and now work for a lab company drawing blood in a doctor’s office and I love it.”

There were several students practicing in the class and they were completely impressed with Shirley’s technique and engrossed in her valuable words of guidance.  “It was a very helpful experience,” said student Aimee Allen.  “They are so many different types of veins because everyone is different.  Having Shirley here talking about her different experiences was enlightening.  I feel much more confident and I’m even more excited about becoming a medical assistant.”

Pictured is certified phlebotomist, Shirley Smith (l) and medical assisting student Raquel Adams (r).   Shirley spoke to the Medical Assisting Invasive class at the Knoxville Campus. 

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