Phlebotomist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

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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A needle is inserted and the blood sample withdrawn.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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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
04.21.2017
- PHLEBOTOMIST (LAB005LB) Job Description PHLEBOTOMIST-LAB005LB Description This position performs inpatient and Outpatient Phlebotomy services as well as Laboratory specimen processing, packing and some waived testing analysis....
04.07.2017
- 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...
03.31.2017
- 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...
04.06.2017
- High school diploma or equivalent is required - Certification is required - CPR certification required - Experience is preferred The phlebotomist collects and processes blood and other specimens on all patient age groups according to...
04.06.2017
- 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...
04.07.2017
- 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...
04.07.2017
- 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...
04.20.2017
- High school diploma or equivalent is required - Certification is required - CPR certification required - Experience is required Site: Springfield Provider's Office Dept: Lab The phlebotomist collects and processes...
04.21.2017
Pay Scale: $12.22 - $14.73 - $17.23 Under general supervision, performs venipuncture and capillary punctures to obtain samples for analysis in caring for neonatal through geriatric patients and donors. Ensures all actions taken in carrying out...
03.08.2017
. Donor registration and medical interviewing, performance of vital signs, POC hemoglobin, builds and sustains relationship with coordinator at donor site. Works in multiple locations (ie. Blood Donor Center, Noble, Bloodmobile). Participates...
04.21.2017
Phlebotomists performs phlebotomy services on all patients at BIDMC. This person obtains patient identification and maintains vein preservation and specimen labeling procedures. A Phlebotomist transports routine and STAT specimens to appropriate...
04.21.2017
High School/GED BLS 1 year of experience preferred Responsibilities Collects specimens on all age population as assigned with minimal patient impact. Collects blood specimens using venipuncture, skin puncture or appropriate technique and...
04.21.2017
High School/GED BLS 1 year of experience preferred Responsibilities Collects specimens on all age population as assigned with minimal patient impact. Collects blood specimens using venipuncture, skin puncture or appropriate technique and...
03.05.2017
DescriptionRole Purpose: Register, collect, label, and distribute specimens ofinpatients, outpatients, and non-patients for clinical laboratory testing anddiagnosis. Responsibilities: Complete registration, ordering, collecting and processing of...
04.20.2017
Description Role Purpose: Collect, label, and distribute specimens of inpatients, outpatients, and non-patients for clinical laboratory testing and diagnosis. Responsibilities: Demonstrate successful achievement...
  1. PHLEBOTOMIST Chapel Hill, NC UNC Health Care
    - PHLEBOTOMIST (LAB005LB) Job Description PHLEBOTOMIST-LAB005LB Description This position performs inpatient and Outpatient Phlebotomy services as well as Laboratory specimen processing, packing and some waived testing analysis....
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Phlebotomist Springfield, MA Sisters of Providence Health System
    - High school diploma or equivalent is required - Certification is required - CPR certification required - Experience is preferred The phlebotomist collects and processes blood and other specimens on all patient age groups according to...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. Phlebotomist Springfield, MA Sisters of Providence Health System
    - High school diploma or equivalent is required - Certification is required - CPR certification required - Experience is required Site: Springfield Provider's Office Dept: Lab The phlebotomist collects and processes...
  9. * Phlebotomist Ames, IA Mary Greeley Medical Center
    Pay Scale: $12.22 - $14.73 - $17.23 Under general supervision, performs venipuncture and capillary punctures to obtain samples for analysis in caring for neonatal through geriatric patients and donors. Ensures all actions taken in carrying out...
  10. Phlebotomist Springfield, MA Baystate Health
    . Donor registration and medical interviewing, performance of vital signs, POC hemoglobin, builds and sustains relationship with coordinator at donor site. Works in multiple locations (ie. Blood Donor Center, Noble, Bloodmobile). Participates...
  11. Phlebotomist Boston, MA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Phlebotomists performs phlebotomy services on all patients at BIDMC. This person obtains patient identification and maintains vein preservation and specimen labeling procedures. A Phlebotomist transports routine and STAT specimens to appropriate...
  12. PHLEBOTOMIST Dunn, NC Harnett Health System
    High School/GED BLS 1 year of experience preferred Responsibilities Collects specimens on all age population as assigned with minimal patient impact. Collects blood specimens using venipuncture, skin puncture or appropriate technique and...
  13. PHLEBOTOMIST Dunn, NC Harnett Health System
    High School/GED BLS 1 year of experience preferred Responsibilities Collects specimens on all age population as assigned with minimal patient impact. Collects blood specimens using venipuncture, skin puncture or appropriate technique and...
  14. Phlebotomist Oklahoma City, OK St. Anthony Hospital
    DescriptionRole Purpose: Register, collect, label, and distribute specimens ofinpatients, outpatients, and non-patients for clinical laboratory testing anddiagnosis. Responsibilities: Complete registration, ordering, collecting and processing of...
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    Description Role Purpose: Collect, label, and distribute specimens of inpatients, outpatients, and non-patients for clinical laboratory testing and diagnosis. Responsibilities: Demonstrate successful achievement...