A Phlebotomist (Phlebotomy Technician) is a major part of the medical team in most any Hospital or physician's office. Their primary function is to draw blood samples either through venipuncture or micro-techniques and deliver them to
the lab for analysis. The job outlook for Phlebotomist, as all medical fields is very good with Certified Techs expecting wages in the 14.00/hr. to 16.00/hr. range.Personality and Nature of Work
The analysis of blood samples is an integral part of medical diagnosis. As a Phlebotomist you will, many times be a patient's only direct contact with the lab. Add this this to the fact that for many people having blood drawn is a traumatic experience and you will see why this profession requires you to be a people person with a high degree of patience.
Your primary function will be the drawing of blood samples through venipuncture and delivering those samples to the laboratory for analysis in a timely manner. In today's medical environment that requires a high degree of attention to detail and procedure to assure both the safety of the patient, other medical personal, and yourself.Duties
The duties that you may be required to perform are:
- Drawing blood from donors or patients in clinics, hospitals, doctor offices, blood banks, laboratories or similar medical facilities
- Assembling equipment such as blood collection devices, needles, gauze, sample tube trays tourniquet, alcohol and cotton
- Verifying patient or donor records to establish their identity
- Calming patients and alleviating their fear of procedures
- Applying tourniquets to arms, locating veins, swabbing area to be pricked with disinfectant, and inserts needle into vein to draw blood into collection tubes or pricking fingers for micro-samples instead of inserting needles
- Properly labeling and storing blood waiting for processing.
- Conducting interviews, taking vital signs and testing blood samples to screen donors at a blood bank
To qualify to take the test and become Certified Phlebotomist normally requires six months to one year. While not all states require this certification test most have minimum training requirements that must be met and the majority of Hiring Managers prefer candidates with verifiable experience or Certifications. Completing the training and receiving your certification greatly increases you opportunities and raises your perspective salary.
- The minimum requirements for most programs include:
- A high school diploma or equivalent
- 18 years of age
- Immunization and health records up to date
- Ability to pass a background check
- Ability to pass a drug screening
A normal course of study in Phlebotomy will require approximately 40 hours of study and will include classes in:
- Introductory to phlebotomy
- Medical terminology
- Handling phlebotomy equipment
- Human anatomy
- Controlling infection risks
- Preparing the patient
- Post patient care
- Specimen care and handling
In addition to the above classes to qualify to take the certification exam you will be required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of clinical study consisting of:
- Working as a phlebotomist in training under the direct supervision of qualified personnel in a clinical setting such as a physician's office or hospital
- Successfully completing a pre-determined number of venipuncture's or blood draws
After completing the above training you are qualified to take the exam and become a certified Phlebotomist.Job Outlook
The job outlook for Certified Phlebotomist is very good with an average growth rate, in this field, running just over 14% at this time. While salary expectations are moderate being in the 14.00 to 16.00 dollars per hour range, they are rising as demand increases but the supply of available qualified workers remains steady. Phlebotomy has an overall exceptional job outlook with great potential.