Yesterday was the first day of clinical training at the hospital where I and another student will be getting our hands-on experience. We will be going at different times, but went together for the first day of orientation.

Day One was spent getting paperwork squared away, posing for faded-out pictures for our badges, and observing.

Today, Day Two, the actual venipuncture began! I drew blood for five patients, and they all went really well. My friend, who had an earlier shift, had a successful day, too!

We’re really lucky—our mentors are encouraging, realistic, and so easy to work with. Mix that with the enthusiasm of their two students, and it looks like we’re on our way to a successful five weeks!