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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A needle is inserted and the blood sample withdrawn.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
02.22.2018
Phlebotomist Phlebotomist February 22, 2018 An opening currently exists for a casual part-time Phlebotomist in Nursing Administration. The work hours for this position will vary due to needs of the department. Job duties include:...
03.14.2018
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...
04.20.2018
- Certification Preferred - Experience is preferred The Phlebotomist at Montgomery Cancer Center collects specimens from patients, performs order entry and therapeutic phlebotomies. Qualifications include: High school diploma or equivalent,...
04.20.2018
The Phlebotomist performs routine invasive and non-invasive procedures on individuals throughout the life span. The Phlebotomist receives visitors and patients into the department and answers routine questions regarding hospital and departmental...
04.20.2018
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....
04.20.2018
In an environment of continuous quality improvement, the Phlebotomist is responsible for collecting blood samples, cleaning lab equipment, maintaining supplies and performing various clerical duties. Exhibits the MHS Standards of Excellence and...
03.19.2018
GED or High School Diploma required Job Summary Phlebotomist is responsible for procurement and distribution of specimens, (blood, urine, etc.). computer data entry and operation of computer equipment. Must be able to provide and understand...
03.24.2018
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...
02.17.2018
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...
04.15.2018
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...
04.19.2018
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...
04.13.2018
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...
04.20.2018
We have one PRN opening in our Laboratory for a Phlebotomist/Secretary. Days and hours will vary. Qualified applicants must be a high school graduate. Venipuncture experience is required. Phlebotomist certification is preferred.
04.20.2018
The Phlebotomist II performs specimen collection on hospital/outpatients/office patients. Enters request for laboratory testing in laboratory information system. The Phlebotomist II performs skills and tasks appropriate to the patient population...
04.04.2018
The purpose of the phlebotomist position is to obtain specimens from patients of all ages with care and concern for patient’s welfare and safety. Assist the laboratory in preparing specimens for analysis and perform various clerical duties...
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  2. Phlebotomist Sunnyside, WA Sunnyside Community Hospital
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  5. Phlebotomist Montgomery, AL Baptist Health
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  12. Phlebotomist Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
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  13. Phlebotomist/Secretary Port Clinton, OH Magruder Hospital
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