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

Phlebotomist

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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A needle is inserted and the blood sample withdrawn.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
02.21.2018
Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements for Hire Valid driver's license and acceptable driver's record if required to drive between sites Clerical and Computer entry functions Level and type of experience PREFERRED Minimum of...
01.31.2018
Experience as a phlebotomist in a hospital setting preferred. Education: High school diploma/GED. Completion of a Medical Assistant or Phlebotomy training program. Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Excellent communication and customer service...
01.31.2018
Experience as a phlebotomist in a hospital setting preferred. Education: High school diploma/GED. Completion of a Medical Assistant or Phlebotomy training program. Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Excellent communication and customer service...
01.09.2018
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...
02.21.2018
- Certification Preferred - Experience is preferred The Phlebotomist at Montgomery Cancer Center collects blood specimens from patients. Qualifications include: high school diploma or equivalent, excellent customer service skills, previous...
02.21.2018
Full-time phlebotomist needed for The Women's clinic. 40hrs/week Monday-Friday 8-5. Phlebotomy experience preferred JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for all routine phlebotomy duties. Must be able to screen incoming telephone calls, order specific...
02.21.2018
The Phlebotomist Position provides timely and courteous service to patients, physicians, and hospital staff by collecting satisfactory blood specimens from patients accurately, timely, and with little discomfort to the patients....
02.21.2018
The Phlebotomist Position provides timely and courteous service to patients, physicians, and hospital staff by collecting satisfactory blood specimens from patients accurately, timely, and with little discomfort to the patients....
02.17.2018
GED or High School Diploma required Job Summary Phlebotomist/Computer Operator is responsible for procurement and distribution of specimens, (blood, urine, etc.). computer data entry and operation of computer equipment. Must be able to...
02.19.2018
GED or High School Diploma required Job Summary Phlebotomist/Computer Operator is responsible for procurement and distribution of specimens, (blood, urine, etc.). computer data entry and operation of computer equipment. Must be able to...
02.21.2018
Laboratory RFGH is seeking a full time (40hrs/wk.) Lead Phlebotomist with PBT or MLA ASCP or equivalent. Interested candidates should possess a minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience and 5 years of phlebotomy experience. The ideal...
02.21.2018
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 specimen...
02.08.2018
The Phlebotomist performs venipunctures and capillary punctures, collects throat swabs for culture, and instructs patients on proper collection of urine specimens. Accesses computers for ordering tests, printing labels, and collecting...
02.05.2018
Under the leadership of the Manager, Clinical Laboratory, the Phlebotomist Certified isan active member of the department that provides pathology and laboratory studies and analysis for the medical and nursing staff. The Phlebotomist Certified...
02.21.2018
The Phlebotomist performs various technical and clerical procedures within the clinical laboratory. Ensures continuity of work flow between patient and laboratory. Responsible for processing all patients who come to the laboratory for clinical...
  1. Phlebotomist Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    Licensure, Certification, or Registration Requirements for Hire Valid driver's license and acceptable driver's record if required to drive between sites Clerical and Computer entry functions Level and type of experience PREFERRED Minimum of...
  2. Phlebotomist Sunnyside, WA Sunnyside Community Hospital
    Experience as a phlebotomist in a hospital setting preferred. Education: High school diploma/GED. Completion of a Medical Assistant or Phlebotomy training program. Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Excellent communication and customer service...
  3. Phlebotomist Sunnyside, WA Sunnyside Community Hospital
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  4. Phlebotomist Hendersonville, NC Pardee Hospital
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  5. Phlebotomist Montgomery, AL Baptist Health
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  7. Phlebotomist Montgomery, AL Baptist Health
    The Phlebotomist Position provides timely and courteous service to patients, physicians, and hospital staff by collecting satisfactory blood specimens from patients accurately, timely, and with little discomfort to the patients....
  8. Phlebotomist Montgomery, AL Baptist Health
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  9. Phlebotomist Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
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  11. Lead Phlebotomist Skowhegan, ME Redington Fairview General Hospital
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  12. PHLEBOTOMIST Tifton, GA Tift Regional Medical Center
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  13. Phlebotomist Guntersville, AL Marshall Medical Centers
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