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Meet Dee Hughes of The Phlebotomist Network in West Houston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dee Hughes.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Dee. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
While I was in college, I was working from retail to call centers and not earning enough money to care for my children. I came across a flyer from the Texas Work Source Commission advertising free scholarship money for trade programs. I chose phlebotomy because it was the closest trade they had to the medical field.

The medical field has always been my passion, however I had no clue as to what part of the medical field I fit into. I applied and was granted a scholarship. I completed the class, and there I was still feeling completely lost. I landed a job a local lab, and then moved on to Texas Children’s Hospital, at this point I was still not where I wanted to be. I went back to school and completed my B.S. at University of Houston Downtown, and transitioned into education.

Once I started working in education I noticed that a lot of my students are not 4-year university material. Some did not have a desire to even go to college. I told them that’s okay, but you need to at least get a trade, some type of skill to be a productive citizen in the community. That’s where The Phlebotomist Network came in. I decided to open my own phlebotomy school, and train people in the community. I wanted to give them a skill so that they can take care of their families, get off the street and for most give them a stepping stone into the world of medicine. Currently, I am a Health Science teacher at Klein Forest High School in Klein ISD.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There were many struggles along the way. I was a single mother at the time, so I would have to work evening shifts and a lot of overtime. I was also a full-time student. It was most definitely not a smooth road.

Please tell us about The Phlebotomist Network.
The Phlebotomist Network is a phlebotomy training program. Our students will learn skill development in the performance of a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and universal precautions. Includes vacuum collection devices, capillary sin puncture, butterfly needles, blood culture, and specimen collection on adults, children, and infants. Emphasis on infection prevention, proper patient identification, labeling of specimens and quality assistance. You will also learn specimen handling. We will touch on topics such as professionalism, ethics and medical terminology. I want to make sure each and every student that completes my program leaves with confidence in the laboratory field. What sets us apart from the rest is that I have a passion for teaching, from my job in the school district to my phlebotomy school. I care and love each and every one of my students.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was interested in so many things, I was in the band, a majorette in high school as well as my first year in college. I played the flute and I am a huge bookworm. My mother introduced me to music and theater at a young age, I think I was around eight years old when I received my first Playbill. My first Broadway show was Kismet and Dreamgirls in 1983. Music has always been a part of my life, however health science kind of took over in my teen years lol.

Contact Info:

  • Address: The Phlebotomist Network
    1441 Wilcrest Dr.
    Houston TX 77042
  • Phone: 832-343-8895
  • Email: thephlebtomistnetwork@gail.com
  • Instagram: @thephlebotomistnetwork
  • Facebook: The Phlebotomist Network

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