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Become A Phlebotomy Technician

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Working As A Phlebotomy Technician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $35,700

    Average Salary

What Does A Phlebotomy Technician Do At Falmouth Hospital

* Provides good customer service as the front line support staff for the laboratory.
* Communicates professionally and confidentially with patients, clients and staff members.
* Greets and successfully collects blood samples from patients, including infants, using venipuncture and capillary techniques.
* Administers proper amount of glucose for glucose/lactose tolerance testing.
* Verbally instructs patients regarding collection of samples at home, e.g., stools and 24 hour urines.
* Assists patients collecting specimens on site as necessary.
* Completely and accurately registers patient demographic information into the hospital information system, verifying that all insurance and patient information is current and scanned.
* Transfers physicians' orders for lab work into the LIS accurately and on the correct patient account, both for specimen collected on site and delivered.
* Researches unusual test requests using available resources such as Mayo Link.
* Ensure that patients sign insurance waivers (ABN's) when appropriate and communicates this information to billing via the Hospital information system.
* Ensure that required forms accompany the specimens, such as consent forms/questionnaires.
* Utilizes the Hospital's information system to retrieve Medical Record forms.
* Maintains accurate and current orders for a large number of recurring patients.
* Has knowledge of specimen requirements so that specimens can be collected during Laboratory Information System down time.
* Performs electrocardiograms, accurately placing leads and obtaining printouts to be read by physicians.
* Communicates with clients and physicians via telephone or fax to ensure proper specimen identity, correct patient information and supporting diagnoses.
* Informs Clinical Laboratory of changes in patients' orders.
* Faxes or calls patients' results to clinician as required.
* Handles and resolves specimen problems.
* Informs supervisor, if necessary, for resolution.
* Keeps phlebotomy areas well stocked.
* Responsible for daily maintenance and safety of drawing area, including but not limited to cleaning workbenches and drawing chairs.
* Helps collect blood specimens on FH nursing units as requested.
* Demonstrates the use of universal precautions, understands the OSHA blood-borne pathogen standards.
* Orients and/or trains other FH staff members and students.
* Collects data for quality assurance.
* Works as a team member with the entire staff and with related laboratories, performing other related tasks as directed by supervisor.
* Consistently provides service excellence to all patients, family members, visitors, volunteers and co-workers in a manner that reflects Falmouth Hospital's commitment to CARES: compassion, accountability, respect, excellence and service

What Does A Phlebotomy Technician Do At New Hanover Regional Medical Center

* 1. Prepares the patient in a developmentally appropriate manner.
* Properly identifies the patient, utilize written procedures for the maintenance of positive patient identification.
* Receives, interprets, and processes physician orders, requisitions and patient information.
* Performs computer duties related to specimen collection and patient care.
* Records appropriate collection and other information related to specimen collection.
* Prepare, process label and transport patient specimens and samples according to procedure.
* Enter patient information into LIS system.
* Access patient information in computer system.
* Perform functions related to releasing laboratory results to authorized individuals.
* Maintaining patient confidentiality and patient privacy related to related to HIPPA.
* Perform a variety of invasive blood collection procedures.
* Works with biohazardous specimens, contaminated sharps, blood collection and other medical equipment.
* Must be familiar with and use standard precautions.
* Frequently works in different levels of biohazard isolation with a diverse patient population.
* Maintains equipment, supplies, and work area.
* Assist in ensuring a clean and safe environment and work area, which is functional as well as professional in appearance, safe for patient care, the public and staff.
* Maintains compliance with standards set by the medical center and all regulatory / accrediting agencies.
* Clean neat and professional in appearance at all times.
* Participates in education programs both within and outside the laboratory to ensure the highest degree of competency within the established scope of patient care.
* Participates in laboratory and medical center performance improvement and quality assurance programs and initiatives.
* Provides information to other staff as needed.
* Must be familiar with, be able to use and train Laboratory and non
* Laboratory staff in use of on-line manuals and LIS.
* Assist with training and orientation of students and staff.
* Demonstrates standards of performance (ownership, teamwork, communication, compassion) that support patient satisfaction and principles of service excellence.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
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What Does A Phlebotomy Technician Do At Cape Cod Hospital

* Perform all aspects of donor blood collections, included but not limited to: verifying all information of donor, drawing blood, and performing aftercare of the donor in a Mobile Unit or Donor Collection center in accordance with department policy and procedures maintaining high customer service.
* Assist on offsite blood drives and collections sites as assigned.
* Prepares, labels, and processes blood components and samples for testing.
* Maintains inventory of supplies.
* Makes recommendations for improvements in quality and/or efficiency to the immediate supervisor.
* Perform quality control, instrument calibration, quality assurance and improvement, and development of new methodologies.
* Consults blood bank records to answer questions, monitor activity or resolve problems of blood-donor groups.
* Prepares reports and statistical data of platelet donor program.
* Train individuals on collection processes and functions.
* Maintains a list of prospective platelet donors.
* Recruits donors for both whole blood and Apheresis collections.
* Assists with promotions, events and incentives for the Apheresis program.
* Maintains workbenches, testing areas and other work areas in a clean, sanitary and free of clutter condition for the safety of donors, guests, and staff.
* Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations to keep abreast of latest trends in field of expertise.
* Maintains a thorough knowledge of departmental and Hospital policies and procedures as they pertain to the job, including but not limited to fire and disaster plans.
* Performs other work related duties and activities as assigned or requested.
* Consistently provides service excellence to all patients, family members, visitors, volunteers and co-workers in a manner that reflects Cape Cod Healthcare's commitment to CARES: compassion, accountability, respect, excellence and service

What Does A Phlebotomy Technician Do At Munson Healthcare

* Promotes personal and patient safety.
* Remains calm and efficiently follows proper procedure in stressful and/or emergent situations.
* Walks or stands most of the day.
* Walks throughout the Hospital, may need to kneel beside or bend over supine patient to facilitate sample collection.
* Activities are controlled by defined procedures and predetermined schedules.
* However, the priority or work must be determined by the individual on a continual basis.
* The performance of work is subject to constant interruption and re-prioritization due to different emergent situations that frequently arise during the day.
* Collects blood from inpatients, outpatients, and nursing homes according to established procedures and policies.
* Includes capillary punctures and venipuncture on infants and adults, and radial arterial punctures on adults.
* Performs EKG's.
* Collects throat swabs for microbiological testing.
* Travels to other institutions (e.g. nursing homes, off-site clinics, patient homes) to collect blood/pick-up specimens and/or deliver lab reports.
* Keeps neat and maintains the specimen receiving areas, phlebotomy work-stations, outpatient drawing labs, ensures all supplies being used are not expired by routinely checking expiration dates and consistently checking all areas for expired supplies.
* Orders storeroom items not on exchange carts, anticipates other supply needs.
* Informs manager of any supply needs.
* Performs and records regular maintenance of point-of-care devices.
* Stays current with all work-related communications and subsequent assignments (email, required responses, etc.)
* Assists in training of new laboratory employees.
* Teaches venipuncture, capillary punctures, and arterial punctures, and other work processes to recently hired laboratory aides, medical technologists, med tech students, nursing students, and emergency medical technicians.
* Performs other duties and responsibilities as

What Does A Phlebotomy Technician Do At Ascension Health

* Draws and collects blood samples.
* Verifies records.
* Labels, processes and delivers specimens for testing.
* Maintains supplies and equipment.
* May assist with coordinating and conducting blood drives, including interviewing and screening donors.
* Answers telephone calls, performs computer print reports and provides test results, as applicable.
* Collects, verifies, and processes patient registration data and test order/entry into hospital information system/laboratory information system.
* Trains employees and students in department procedures
* Responsibilities may vary over time.
* Required to perform other duties as required for the efficiency and effectiveness of the department and job role

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How To Become A Phlebotomy Technician

Phlebotomists typically enter the occupation with a postsecondary nondegree award from a phlebotomy program. Almost all employers look for phlebotomists who have earned professional certification.

Education and Training

Phlebotomists typically enter the occupation with a postsecondary nondegree award from a phlebotomy program. Programs are available from community colleges, vocational schools, or technical schools. These programs usually take less than 1 year to complete and lead to a certificate or diploma. Programs have classroom sessions and laboratory work and include instruction in anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. Phlebotomists also learn specific procedures on how to identify, label, and track blood samples.

Many phlebotomists enter the occupation with a high school diploma and are trained to be a phlebotomist on the job.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Almost all employers prefer to hire phlebotomists who have earned professional certification.

Several organizations offer certifications for phlebotomists. The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), National Healthcareer Association (NHA), the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), and the American Medical Technologists (AMT) offer Phlebotomy Technician certifications.

Candidates for certification typically need some classroom education, as well as some clinical experience. Certification testing usually includes a written exam and may include practical components, such as drawing blood. Requirements vary by certifying organization. California, Louisiana, Nevada, and Washington require their phlebotomists to be certified.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Some patients or clients are afraid of having their blood drawn, so phlebotomists should be caring in performing their duties.

Detail oriented. Phlebotomists must draw the correct vials of blood for the tests ordered, track vials of blood, and enter data into a database. Attention to detail is necessary; otherwise, the specimens may be misplaced or lost, or a patient may be injured.

Dexterity. Phlebotomists work with their hands, and they must be able to use their equipment efficiently and properly.

Hand–eye coordination. Phlebotomists draw blood from many patients, and they must perform their duties successfully on the first attempt, or their patients will experience discomfort.

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Phlebotomy Technician Career Paths

Phlebotomy Technician
Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Security Officer Account Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Laboratory Technician Medical Technologist Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Senior Specialist Senior Loan Processor
Client Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse Case Manager
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Technician Registered Nurse Director
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Home Health Aid Property Manager
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Director
10 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Medical Technologist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Case Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Assistant Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Technician Licensed Practical Nurse Clinical Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Assistant Research Associate Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Instructor General Manager
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Technician Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Phlebotomy Technician Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    82.4%
  • Male

    15.4%
  • Unknown

    2.2%

Ethnicity

  • White

    75.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    16.3%
  • Asian

    6.5%
  • Unknown

    1.6%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    71.6%
  • Tagalog

    4.9%
  • Hindi

    3.9%
  • French

    2.9%
  • Arabic

    2.9%
  • Portuguese

    2.0%
  • Gujarati

    2.0%
  • Somali

    1.0%
  • Chinese

    1.0%
  • Chickasaw

    1.0%
  • Amharic

    1.0%
  • Dari

    1.0%
  • Cantonese

    1.0%
  • Mandarin

    1.0%
  • Urdu

    1.0%
  • Korean

    1.0%
  • Russian

    1.0%
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Top Skills for A Phlebotomy Technician

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Top Phlebotomy Technician Skills

  1. Laboratory Specimens
  2. Blood Specimens
  3. Urine Specimens
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Receive, process and distributed laboratory specimens.
  • Build trust and minimize patient discomfort during phlebotomy procedures while efficiently collecting blood specimens.
  • Collect blood and urine specimens for the use of testing and point of care testing.
  • Collect patient blood samples in a safe, sanitary manner for diagnostic testing.
  • Decipher the best method for drawing blood depending on the specific patient.

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