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Alumni Spotlight: Phlebotomy Graduate Blanca Martinez

Posted: December 10, 2021 by Stephanie Lema
Phlebotomy graduate smiling.
Phlebotomy Certificate Graduate, Blanca Martinez.
 


Blanca was scared to go back to school. With the support of her instructors, she overcame panic attacks and started to believe in herself. She graduated from our San Antonio campus and is thriving as a traveling phlebotomist. Her inspiring story is below.

“I was new to San Antonio and had done some volunteer work, but was looking for something purposeful for my life. After seeing an online post about Pima Medical Institute’s Phlebotomy program, I began to wonder if I could do it. I felt way too old to go back to school, plus I struggle with panic attacks. But, I stopped by Pima Medical to get information and when I told them about my fears, they encouraged me and helped me enroll.

I was so afraid after that first day of class and I told my husband that everyone else was younger than me and I wanted to quit. He encouraged me to keep trying and my instructor encouraged me not to quit. The hands-on learning came easy for me, but I was deathly afraid of tests and my anxiety would overtake me. My struggle was real, but I had the support of my classmates and my patient instructor.

When I went to my externship site interview, they actually started talking about hiring me. I had a great experience and found myself drawing blood with confidence and making my patients feel comfortable and upon completion, APPS Para Medical hired me. I am a traveling phlebotomist and go to people’s homes to obtain their bloodwork. I really enjoy meeting people in their own environment and I get lots of compliments that I have soft hands and am good at my job. 

I am so thankful for everyone at Pima Medical. I finished the program because everyone there believed in me, encouraged me and cheered me on to the finish line. I just love my job!”

No obstacle is too great, especially when you have the encouragement and support from others. Learn how we can help you find the right path for your career and achieve your goals.
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