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A needle is inserted and the blood sample withdrawn.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
09.22.2017
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...
08.08.2017
Under the direction of the Laboratory Manager, the phlebotomist obtains and prepares specimens for analysis. The phlebotomist must demonstrate the ability to work with neonates, infants, children, adults, and geriatric persons. He/She...
09.14.2017
Under the direction of the Laboratory Manager, the phlebotomist obtains and prepares specimens for analysis. The phlebotomist must demonstrate the ability to work with neonates, infants, children, adults, and geriatric persons. He/She...
09.22.2017
The Phlebotomist performs all medial policy and procedures on both inpatients and outpatients in a timely manner. Collects blood samples from patients required for the performance of laboratory tests as requested by the physician with the least...
09.22.2017
Hours: 12:00 p.m./1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m./9:30 p.m. - must be available to work weekends Under the direction of the Lab Support Supervisor, the phlebotomist is responsible for the collection of venous, arterial, and capillary blood specimens...
09.21.2017
Maria Parham Health The Lab Phlebotomist is responsible for the collection and distribution of a variety of blood samples including venous, capillary, and arterial specimens. This position will be responsible for performing bedside glucose...
09.21.2017
Maria Parham Health The Lab Phlebotomist is responsible for the collection and distribution of a variety of blood samples including venous, capillary, and arterial specimens. This position will be responsible for performing bedside glucose...
09.22.2017
We have two PRN openings in our Laboratory for a Secretary/Phlebotomist. Days and hours will vary. Qualified applicants must be a high school graduate. Venipuncture experience is mandatory. Phlebotomist certification is preferred but not mandatory.
08.30.2017
Maria Parham Health The Lab Phlebotomist is responsible for the collection and distribution of a variety of blood samples including venous, capillary and arterial specimens. This position will also perform bedside glucose tests, reporting...
08.30.2017
Maria Parham Health The Lab Phlebotomist is responsible for the collection and distribution of a variety of blood samples including venous, capillary and arterial specimens. This position will also perform bedside glucose tests, reporting...
08.30.2017
Maria Parham Health The Lab Phlebotomist is responsible for the collection and distribution of a variety of blood samples including venous, capillary and arterial specimens. This position will also perform bedside glucose tests, reporting...
07.25.2017
Performs a variety of specimen collection techniques using standard collection devices. Performs EKGs. Performs Breath Alcohol testing. Performs various other support services for the laboratory as needed. EDUCATION, CREDENTIALS, TRAINING and...
09.22.2017
Bethesda Health is a comprehensive, community-based hospital system that has grown with our community. One of the few remaining not-for-profit health systems in Palm Beach County. Our flagship hospital, Bethesda Hospital East (formerly known as...
09.21.2017
PERFORMS A VARIETY OF VENIPUNCTURE TECHNIQUES AND COLLECTS AND PROCESSES BLOOD SPECIMENS FROM PATIENTS IN SUPPORT OF LABORATORY PROCEDURES USED IN THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF DISEASE. PROVIDES GUIDANCE AND TRAINING TO SUBORDINATE PHLEBOTOMIST.
09.22.2017
The Phlebotomist I performs specimen collection on hospital/outpatient/office patients. Enters request for laboratory testing in laboratory information system. Must be able to work 40 hours per week and be available to work weekends and holidays.
  1. 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...
  2. Phlebotomist Pella, IA Pella Regional Health Center
    Under the direction of the Laboratory Manager, the phlebotomist obtains and prepares specimens for analysis. The phlebotomist must demonstrate the ability to work with neonates, infants, children, adults, and geriatric persons. He/She...
  3. Phlebotomist Pella, IA Pella Regional Health Center
    Under the direction of the Laboratory Manager, the phlebotomist obtains and prepares specimens for analysis. The phlebotomist must demonstrate the ability to work with neonates, infants, children, adults, and geriatric persons. He/She...
  4. Phlebotomist Newberry, SC Newberry County Memorial Hospital
    The Phlebotomist performs all medial policy and procedures on both inpatients and outpatients in a timely manner. Collects blood samples from patients required for the performance of laboratory tests as requested by the physician with the least...
  5. Phlebotomist Tulsa, OK Oklahoma State University Medical Center
    Hours: 12:00 p.m./1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m./9:30 p.m. - must be available to work weekends Under the direction of the Lab Support Supervisor, the phlebotomist is responsible for the collection of venous, arterial, and capillary blood specimens...
  6. Lab Phlebotomist Henderson, NC Maria Parham Medical Center
    Maria Parham Health The Lab Phlebotomist is responsible for the collection and distribution of a variety of blood samples including venous, capillary, and arterial specimens. This position will be responsible for performing bedside glucose...
  7. Lab Phlebotomist Henderson, NC Maria Parham Medical Center
    Maria Parham Health The Lab Phlebotomist is responsible for the collection and distribution of a variety of blood samples including venous, capillary, and arterial specimens. This position will be responsible for performing bedside glucose...
  8. Phlebotomist/Secretary Port Clinton, OH Magruder Hospital
    We have two PRN openings in our Laboratory for a Secretary/Phlebotomist. Days and hours will vary. Qualified applicants must be a high school graduate. Venipuncture experience is mandatory. Phlebotomist certification is preferred but not mandatory.
  9. Lab Phlebotomist Henderson, NC Maria Parham Medical Center
    Maria Parham Health The Lab Phlebotomist is responsible for the collection and distribution of a variety of blood samples including venous, capillary and arterial specimens. This position will also perform bedside glucose tests, reporting...
  10. Lab Phlebotomist Henderson, NC Maria Parham Medical Center
    Maria Parham Health The Lab Phlebotomist is responsible for the collection and distribution of a variety of blood samples including venous, capillary and arterial specimens. This position will also perform bedside glucose tests, reporting...
  11. Lab Phlebotomist Henderson, NC Maria Parham Medical Center
    Maria Parham Health The Lab Phlebotomist is responsible for the collection and distribution of a variety of blood samples including venous, capillary and arterial specimens. This position will also perform bedside glucose tests, reporting...
  12. PHLEBOTOMIST Lumberton, NC Southeastern Regional Medical Center
    Performs a variety of specimen collection techniques using standard collection devices. Performs EKGs. Performs Breath Alcohol testing. Performs various other support services for the laboratory as needed. EDUCATION, CREDENTIALS, TRAINING and...
  13. Phlebotomist Boynton Beach, FL Bethesda Health
    Bethesda Health is a comprehensive, community-based hospital system that has grown with our community. One of the few remaining not-for-profit health systems in Palm Beach County. Our flagship hospital, Bethesda Hospital East (formerly known as...
  14. CERT PHLEBOTOMIST Jackson, MS University of Mississippi Medical Center
    PERFORMS A VARIETY OF VENIPUNCTURE TECHNIQUES AND COLLECTS AND PROCESSES BLOOD SPECIMENS FROM PATIENTS IN SUPPORT OF LABORATORY PROCEDURES USED IN THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF DISEASE. PROVIDES GUIDANCE AND TRAINING TO SUBORDINATE PHLEBOTOMIST.
  15. PHLEBOTOMIST I Lynchburg, VA Centra Health
    The Phlebotomist I performs specimen collection on hospital/outpatient/office patients. Enters request for laboratory testing in laboratory information system. Must be able to work 40 hours per week and be available to work weekends and holidays.