Learn to draw blood for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research. Identify the best method for retrieving specimens, prepare specimens for laboratory testing, and perform screening procedures.
This class will prepare the student for the national Phlebotomy exam.
Phlebotomist Skills and Qualifications
Attention to Detail
Creating a Safe
Performing Diagnostic Procedures
Informing Others (Monster.com, 2017)
Sample Job Description
A Phlebotomist serves patients by:
• Verifying test requisitions by comparing information with nursing station log; bringing discrepancies to the attention of unit personnel.
• Verifying patient by reading patient identification.
•Obtaining blood specimens by performing venipunctures and finger sticks.
• Maintaining specimen integrity by using aseptic technique, following department procedures; observing isolation procedures.
• Collecting therapeutic drug-monitoring assays by collaborating with nursing personnel to ensure appropriate drug dose to collection time.
• Tracking collected specimens by initialing, dating, and noting times of collection; maintaining daily tallies of collections performed.
• Monitoring glucose levels by performing bedside glucose tests; recording results; reporting results to unit nurse-manager.
• Performing bleeding-times tests by entering results to the computer; notifying pathologist of results falling outside normal ranges.
• Maintaining quality results by following department procedures and testing schedule; recording results in the quality-control log; identifying and reporting needed changes.
• Maintaining safe, secure, and healthy work environment by following standards and procedures; complying with legal regulations.
• Resolving unusual test orders by contacting the physician, pathologist, nursing station, or reference laboratory; referring unresolved orders back to the originator for further clarification; notifying supervisor of unresolved orders.
• Updating job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
• Serving and protecting the hospital community by adhering to professional standards, hospital policies and procedures, federal, state, and local requirements, and Joint Commission standards.
• Enhancing phlebotomy department and hospital reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments (Monster.com, 2017).