A phlebotomist draws blood
uses. This includes both testing
of various types as well as donating blood
. Registered nurse
s are trained as phlebotomists, though the reverse is not true.
My ex-girlfriend worked as a phlebotomist at the UCLA Blood Bank before going to medical school. She would often grab my arm and start feeling around on the inside of my elbow. Oh, there's a good one, she would say as she found a vein. There's another. She told me that I would be "easy", that my blood vessels were nice and spongy. It was just a little bit creepy.