Looking for a career after having committed a felony can be a daunting task but it’s a noble path to follow. Having the guts and the mindset to establish a career path after committing a crime is not as easy as falling off a log.
Finding success in proclaiming a job is a difficult task in itself, and with a felony, it makes it more stressful. On the bright side, surveys show that when people charged with crimes, are allowed to enlist, they performed better than their peers. Felons actually make pretty good employees as they have decided that they won’t waste their life anymore.
Can a Felon Become a Phlebotomist?
For us to answer with a simple “yes” or “no” would be unfair, as this like everything else depends on a few factors. Now, these factors could be legally selected or they could hold importance to the employer.
- The severity of the charge.
- Classes of offenses.
- When did the sentence end?
- Do you still have any fines related to the charge?
- Have you encountered any legal trouble afterward?
The factors may or may not be significant for everyone. However, violent crimes have a higher chance of being the cause of getting rejected, as compared to something that was a non-violent misdemeanor.
Licensing boards typically perform background checks before hiring someone for obvious reasons and one of the occupations is phlebotomy where practitioners perform basic laboratory testing and draw a patient’s blood. However, once you have become a phlebotomist, a criminal record might not get in your way of receiving a certification later on.
Phlebotomy is a thing?
Yes, a phlebotomist is a licensed professional that is trained to draw a patients’ blood for a range of different reasons including transfusions, donations, research and for clinical or medical testing. Amongst the various duties of a phlebotomist, he or she must properly identify the patient, carefully carrying out the requested test and accurately explaining the procedure to the patients – in order to prepare them mentally and physically. The blood must be drawn with proper additives into the correct tubes.
Before proceeding to puncture the skin of countless other individuals, one must be proficient in such practice. Hospitals and test laboratories are usually where a phlebotomist works and in order for them to be efficient, they must be gentle with the patients.
Good hand-eye coordination is necessary when it comes to drawing blood and the stamina to stand for long periods of time. Skills to handle the equipment should be profound and the ability to work under pressure is a must. Other than these a phlebotomist should:
- Empathize with the patients
- Give attention to detail
- Understand that communication is key
- Have good motor skills
- Be able to input data and use computers
If you already have the majority of these basic skills, a career in phlebotomy could be great for someone who is good with blood and needles. It is a job that always requires employees and with these good skills printed on your resume, things would be easy.
A college degree is not necessarily required as many phlebotomists obtain something that you call an associate’s degree. For aspiring phlebotomists, a bachelor’s degree in medical technology is also an option. As for the most part, they receive a combination of classroom training and “the job” experience where the practices focus on vascular physiology and anatomy, skin and venipuncture techniques with proper handling of blood specimens.
A high school diploma or GED is required to enroll in a training program and due to the frequent exposure to HIV and Hepatitis from dealing with blood, an applicant must have proof of current health insurance and must have passed a health exam. Programs are offered at different venues and each program usually lasts less than one year.
The requirement of a certificate varies from region to region. Their guidelines vary as well. Although certified phlebotomists are usually required to renew their certification after a period of time. Moreover, the continuity of your education can also be a requirement for maintaining the certification. For certification, candidates typically need about 40 hours of classroom education including some experience involving clinics, which totally comprises up to 100 hours.
Phlebotomy as a Felon
Any degree can be achieved if you actually put your heart to get it. More than half of the colleges will consider criminal history in their admissions process. However, no standard policy regarding a background check has been revised.
A felon that wants to get a degree for being a phlebotomist will have tons of options to choose a college. A difficulty may be faced while looking for a school but there are programs that will accept a felon. It is important, to be honest when applying for either a phlebotomy school or to be a certified phlebotomist.
Any sort of misdemeanor crime that is found during a background check is considered a fraud and is punishable. It could also earn yourself a free ticket back to the prison, as it is a crime to falsify an application. You have to be honest regarding where you came from. Don’t beat around the bush, your honesty will be appreciated in many ways.
Although if your record gets expunged, you are permitted to state on an application that he or she has not been convicted of a crime.
The truth is, there are a lot of phlebotomists with felony convictions. You are not defined by your mistakes, you are evaluated by how you get back on track. You can follow a noble path, you can live an honest life no matter what you did in the past.
You can’t change what happened, get on with it and get better! It is a big challenge but it is worth it in every way. If something about your scenario makes it impossible to work as a phlebotomist there are tons of other entry-level options that are still open.
All of it boils down to the specifics of your record and the employers you’re interacting with.
Robert Gomez was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He currently lives in Northern California with “the wifey,” “the kids,” “the dog,” and “that cat,” 🙁 He is also a former journalist who has interviewed murderers on death row. Felonyfriendlyjobs.org was born to help ex-felons get a second chance in life.