I haven't had to draw blood for over 10 years. Finally the system realized it was cheaper to hire more phlebotomist than to have their techs draw blood. I have worked night shift for 25 years and during the first 15, I believe I drew more blood than our phlebotomist as we could not keep one for more than 6 months. So I got pretty good at it. I really didn't mind as long as that was all I had to do, but there were instances when I had to draw blood and work in Blood Bank. At that time, I worked at the major trauma center in our system, and ever night it was so busy we never got to take a break. Our director and supervisor at the time, finally convinced the hospital management at the time to increase our staff & get us phlebotomy help. Where I work at now is a suburban hospital slowing becoming larger due to the growth of our community. We are going to be doing open heart surgeries in the future. Here the phlebotomy is run by the nursing services. There are different types of problems there. About the only time, I have to leave the lab is to do bleeding times. I do miss patient contact. I know many techs don't, but I miss having a face with a tube of blood.