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Phlebotomist

A Phlebotomist in the healthcare field enjoys a rewarding experience day in and day out. Phlebotomists handle everything related to the collection of blood in a clinical setting. Read on to learn more about the responsibilities and prerequisites associated with a career as a phlebotomist with Healthcare Support:

What Does a Phlebotomist Do?

A professional phlebotomist has a variety of different responsibilities to support the diagnostic and research pursuits of the clinic, including:

  • Organize appointments and patients for blood draws
  • Prepare blood containers with proper labels
  • Educate patients about the process of blood transfusion
  • Carry out blood draws through the process of venipuncture
  • Carry out blood tests by pricking the patient’s finger, or in the case of infants, their heel
  • Assist patients who may have negative reactions, whether mental or physical, to having a blood draw or transfusion
  • Carry out orders from physicians regarding which tests to prepare blood samples for
  • Identify, label, and track samples
  • Inventory, clean, and oversee proper disposal of blood draw supplies like sharps and sanitary equipment

Training and Experience

Training, education, and experience needed to become a professional phlebotomist vary based on the employer in question. For more post positions, no clinical experience is necessary.

The education requirements involve a non-degree diploma or certification from an accredited program. Further certification with several healthcare certification groups are also considered under requirements in some cases:

  • National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)
  • National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
  • American Medical Technologists (AMT)

Preferred experience includes one or more years of experience in training or independent experience with the duties expected of a professional phlebotomist.

Career Outlook

The average annual salary for a professional phlebotomist is around $32,000 a year, and the career market for the position is expected to grow in the foreseeable future.

Healthcare Support can offer a competitive pay and benefits package to applicants.

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