My first “real” nursing job was being a “Physician Substitute” at a plasma donation center. I always found this kind of funny because I was called as such, even if I just finished my two-year nursing degree and just acquired my shiny new RN license.
My duties were to perform pre-donation physical exams, check blood and blood pressure prior to donation, and “supervise” the phlebotomists and unlicensed personnel at the site. You can see this is getting weirder. I had absolutely no experience in the blood or plasma donation business, was a new nurse, and now a supervisor of people who knew WAY MORE than the physician substitute!
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