This was my first day of phlebotomy clinicals. I worked 2nd shift at our local hospital because of school. I went in excited to finally be there. lmao But there is a HUGE difference drawing blood on healthy students and drawing blood on patients in hospital or ER. Oddly enough, I wasn't really nervous. No real jitters so to speak. (thank God) And just my luck, I get to start on the rare "hard draw" night. My trainer said she hasn't seen so many difficult blood draws in one night in YEARS. Still, I was lucky I think. I had an awesome trainer, one who is as experienced and skilled as our instructor at school. And she was a really great lady on top of it. Second shift isn't as busy as days. Our hospital is the county hospital and we also have a Clinic. So days lab people work both lab and the Clinic. But by 2nd shift the Clinic is closed. I did find out one useful bit of info. Our lab NEVER closes to the public. You can come in 24 hrs a day to have your blood drawn. Our first draw was a really tough one. Three people had tried 6 times to draw blood from this patient and all were unsuccessful. (including my college instructor) But my trainer got her on the 3rd try without hurting her. The second one of the evening was just as bad. And it sort of went downhill from there. lol I did 8 draws and had 4 successes. Doesn't sound great, huh? I asked my trainer and she said that we were getting alot of dehydrated patients, and I had two veins I got into and they rolled away at the last second. Still, I managed not to hurt a single person. I'm not discouraged. My trainer said that to start on 2nd shift is tough. All of your patients are sick, and it's difficult to get used to drawing on sick patients first. Most students start off on days so they can start in the clinic where most draws are on basically healthy people. Leave it to me to find the hardest way to do something. lmao Next friday I do 2nd shift again, then I switch to days. I didn't really have a choice since I have classes all week. Only a month of clinicals and I can start working.