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Phlebotomist Job Description

 

The phlebotomist is responsible for collecting blood for donation and testing. The collected samples can then be analyzed in a diagnostic laboratory. Blood tests are used to diagnose illness, evaluate proper nutrition levels and determine the effective level of medication dosage. Phlebotomists can sample blood through a simple skin puncture or through a more complicated venipuncture procedure.

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Responsibilities

 

To perform a venipuncture, the phlebotomist must first locate an arm vein by applying a tourniquet to stifle blood flow. The area is swabbed with an alcohol swab to disinfect the area inside the elbow, the most common venipuncture site, where the brachial vein is located. A needle is inserted and the blood sample withdrawn. The phlebotomist may also obtain blood samples through a simple skin puncture, generally involving the pricking of a finger to obtain a drop of blood. From this sample, a patient’s blood sugar or blood type can be determined.

The phlebotomist is responsible for properly sanitizing all equipment before it is used and accurately labeling all collected blood samples. Proper storage of blood components and careful transport are also major duties. The phlebotomist must be able to focus on detail, even when under stress. Misidentification of a blood sample or contamination of a specimen can have serious consequences to patients. Physicians and other medical professionals rely on the accuracy of blood test results to correctly diagnose patients’ conditions and assess treatment effectiveness.

Strict safety protocols must be observed to prevent transmission of potentially infectious diseases. The phlebotomist must ensure that there is no chance of transmission of diseases such as HIV and hepatitis, both of which can be transmitted through contact with blood and blood products.

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Skills

 

Communication

Must be able to communicate with people clearly and effectively as to make an open environment and open up a dialogue for treatment.

Empathy

Must be compassionate and able to empathize with a patient's pain and other difficulties. They are able to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves and let people know they care.

Multitasking

The ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

Interpersonal

Must be able to interact with patients and their families regardless of background.

Dexterity

Must work well with your hands and be accurate. You must not make patients endure being stabbed again and again unnecessarily by needles. It is up to you to collect a blood sample as seamlessly as possible.

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Working Conditions

 

Opportunities for employment for phlebotomists are widespread and varied. Phlebotomists can be employed in clinical laboratories, community health centers, hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, blood donation centers and other health care facilities. They generally work under the supervision of a clinical laboratory technologist or other appropriately trained medical professional.

Phlebotomists are expected to work under pressure and with potentially uncooperative patients in an accurate, safe and professional manner. They must be well-organized with an ability to focus on detail and possess exceptional fine motor skills. During a typical work shift, a phlebotomist may be called on to perform dozens of blood draws on dozens of patients. They must be able to accurately fulfill their job responsibilities when under potential physical and emotional stress.

 


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How to Become a Phlebotomist:

 

1. Earn Your High School Diploma or GED

 

You must complete high school or pass the GED test to qualify to take a Phlebotomist Training Program. You also must be at least 18 years old to get into the program. 

 

2. Complete a Phlebotomy Training Program

 

You must complete a training program that includes the study of anatomy, procedures for collecting blood, proper storage techniques and the safe handling of blood products. There are more than 200 community colleges and vocational schools nationwide offer phlebotomist training programs. Most of these programs last less than a year and include classroom instruction and hands-on-training in a hospital or clinic. To show your proficiency, you must complete multiple disease tests and skin punctures. 

 

3. Earn the Required Certification

 

To obtain certification, a training program must be completed and the national certification exam taken and passed with a 70% or better accuracy rate. In order to sit for the exam, a successful demonstration of 100 venipunctures and 25 skin punctures must be completed.

Certifications are available from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), American Medical Technologists (AMT) or the American Association of Medical Personnel (AAMP). The AMT requires candidates to have completed at least 1,040 hours of work experience and to have passed the exam. You will be more hirable with a AMT certification. 

 Phlebotomists are required to be licensed in some states and it varies by state. You should check the health department in your state for more info. 

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
09.14.2016
The Phlebotomist collects blood from patients, checks quality of blood, and assures safety and comfort for the patient. Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent, completion of a certified Phlebotomy course, previous hospital...
11.15.2016
The Phlebotomist collects blood from patients, checks quality of blood, and assures safety and comfort for the patient. Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent, completion of a certified Phlebotomy course, previous hospital...
11.15.2016
The Phlebotomist collects blood from patients, checks quality of blood, and assures safety and comfort for the patient. Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent, completion of a certified Phlebotomy course, previous hospital...
12.05.2016
Sanford Bemidji Medical Center is seeking a Phlebotomist to obtain laboratory specimens for processing and perform other testing in a professional manner from hospital, clinic and nursing home patients to ensure quality results in accordance with...
12.05.2016
Sanford Bemidji Medical Center is seeking a phlebotomist to obtain laboratory specimens for processing and perform other testing in a professional manner from hospital, clinic and nursing home patients to ensure quality results in accordance with...
12.05.2016
Under the direction of the Lab Support Supervisor, the phlebotomist is responsible for the collection of venous, arterial, and capillary blood specimens from patients, and transporting said specimens to the laboratory. The incumbent also performs...
12.05.2016
HS/GED; complete lab phlebotomy training program The Phlebotomist is directly responsible and accountable to the Laboratory Manager for the processing of order for laboratory tests, specimen collection of blood and urine for laboratory...
12.05.2016
SUMMARY: A certified phlebotomist is responsible for phlebotomy procedures including: regular venipuncture and capillary blood collections from all ages. Phlebotomists may also assist nursing in line draws. Direct supervision is not required for...
12.07.2016
SUMMARY: A certified phlebotomist is responsible for phlebotomy procedures including: regular venipuncture and capillary blood collections from all ages. Phlebotomists may also assist nursing in line draws. Direct supervision is not required for...
12.05.2016
HS/GED; complete lab phlebotomy training program Phlebotomy certification preferred; 100+ Venipunctures Position Summary: The Phlebotomist is directly responsible and accountable to the Laboratory Manager for the processing of order for...
12.05.2016
- High school diploma or equivalent is required The phlebotomist collects and processes blood and other specimens on all patient age groups according to established policies and procedures for clinical laboratory testing to ensure accurate lab...
12.05.2016
- High school diploma or equivalent is required - Certification is preferred - Experience is preferred The phlebotomist collects and processes blood and other specimens on all patient age groups according to established policies and...
12.05.2016
- High school diploma or equivalent is required The phlebotomist collects and processes blood and other specimens on all patient age groups according to established policies and procedures for clinical laboratory testing to ensure accurate lab...
12.05.2016
- High school diploma or equivalent is required The phlebotomist collects and processes blood and other specimens on all patient age groups according to established policies and procedures for clinical laboratory testing to ensure accurate lab...
12.05.2016
- High school diploma or equivalent is required The phlebotomist collects and processes blood and other specimens on all patient age groups according to established policies and procedures for clinical laboratory testing to ensure accurate lab...
  1. Phlebotomist Hendersonville, NC Pardee Hospital
    The Phlebotomist collects blood from patients, checks quality of blood, and assures safety and comfort for the patient. Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent, completion of a certified Phlebotomy course, previous hospital...
  2. Phlebotomist Hendersonville, NC Pardee Hospital
    The Phlebotomist collects blood from patients, checks quality of blood, and assures safety and comfort for the patient. Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent, completion of a certified Phlebotomy course, previous hospital...
  3. Phlebotomist Hendersonville, NC Pardee Hospital
    The Phlebotomist collects blood from patients, checks quality of blood, and assures safety and comfort for the patient. Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent, completion of a certified Phlebotomy course, previous hospital...
  4. Phlebotomist Bemidji, MN Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota - Bemidji
    Sanford Bemidji Medical Center is seeking a Phlebotomist to obtain laboratory specimens for processing and perform other testing in a professional manner from hospital, clinic and nursing home patients to ensure quality results in accordance with...
  5. Phlebotomist Bemidji, MN Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota - Bemidji
    Sanford Bemidji Medical Center is seeking a phlebotomist to obtain laboratory specimens for processing and perform other testing in a professional manner from hospital, clinic and nursing home patients to ensure quality results in accordance with...
  6. Phlebotomist Tulsa, OK Oklahoma State University Medical Center
    Under the direction of the Lab Support Supervisor, the phlebotomist is responsible for the collection of venous, arterial, and capillary blood specimens from patients, and transporting said specimens to the laboratory. The incumbent also performs...
  7. Phlebotomist Gallipolis, OH Holzer
    HS/GED; complete lab phlebotomy training program The Phlebotomist is directly responsible and accountable to the Laboratory Manager for the processing of order for laboratory tests, specimen collection of blood and urine for laboratory...
  8. PHLEBOTOMIST Tifton, GA Tift Regional Medical Center
    SUMMARY: A certified phlebotomist is responsible for phlebotomy procedures including: regular venipuncture and capillary blood collections from all ages. Phlebotomists may also assist nursing in line draws. Direct supervision is not required for...
  9. PHLEBOTOMIST Tifton, GA Tift Regional Medical Center
    SUMMARY: A certified phlebotomist is responsible for phlebotomy procedures including: regular venipuncture and capillary blood collections from all ages. Phlebotomists may also assist nursing in line draws. Direct supervision is not required for...
  10. Phlebotomist Gallipolis, OH Holzer
    HS/GED; complete lab phlebotomy training program Phlebotomy certification preferred; 100+ Venipunctures Position Summary: The Phlebotomist is directly responsible and accountable to the Laboratory Manager for the processing of order for...
  11. Phlebotomist Springfield, MA Sisters of Providence Health System
    - High school diploma or equivalent is required The phlebotomist collects and processes blood and other specimens on all patient age groups according to established policies and procedures for clinical laboratory testing to ensure accurate lab...
  12. Phlebotomist Springfield, MA Sisters of Providence Health System
    - High school diploma or equivalent is required - Certification is preferred - Experience is preferred The phlebotomist collects and processes blood and other specimens on all patient age groups according to established policies and...
  13. Phlebotomist Springfield, MA Sisters of Providence Health System
    - High school diploma or equivalent is required The phlebotomist collects and processes blood and other specimens on all patient age groups according to established policies and procedures for clinical laboratory testing to ensure accurate lab...
  14. Phlebotomist Springfield, MA Sisters of Providence Health System
    - High school diploma or equivalent is required The phlebotomist collects and processes blood and other specimens on all patient age groups according to established policies and procedures for clinical laboratory testing to ensure accurate lab...
  15. Phlebotomist Springfield, MA Sisters of Providence Health System
    - High school diploma or equivalent is required The phlebotomist collects and processes blood and other specimens on all patient age groups according to established policies and procedures for clinical laboratory testing to ensure accurate lab...