What does a Phlebotomist do?
Phlebotomists are responsible for collecting blood samples in accordance with hospital and laboratory policies, and federal, state, and local regulations. They also are tasked with labeling samples appropriately and logging all information related to tests performed and samples taken into a database. Phlebotomists might be drawing blood for tests, research, or donations. Phlebotomists generally work in state, local, and private hospitals, and laboratories.
Phlebotomists need to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Most phlebotomists have also completed a phlebotomy program and obtained a phlebotomy certification. Certified phlebotomists have met several requirements, including completing an approved phlebotomy program, completing a minimum number of hours of work experience, and passing a certification exam. Additionally, some states require phlebotomists to be licensed in the state of practice. The best phlebotomists have an eye for detail and great interpersonal skills.
- Greet patients and verify their identiy
- Collect blood samples by performing venipunctures and fingersticks
- Label all samples according to outlined procedures and policies
- Maintain lab equipment in a clean and safe manner
- Record tests performed and blood samples taken into databases
- Transport samples in a timely manner and in accordance with outlined policies and procedures
- Explain tests to patients and answer any questions they might have
- Complete all work in accordance with outlined hospital and laboratory guidelines, and federal, state, and local requirements
- High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
- Phlebotomy certification highly preferred
- Phlebotomy license in state of practice, if required
- CPR certification preferred
- Strong eye for detail
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Proficient verbal and written English skills
- Proven ability to prioritize a variety of tasks
- Familiar with infection control policies and procedures
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Phlebotomist Career Path
Learn how to become a Phlebotomist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Phlebotomist
When working as a Phlebotomist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, Written Communication, Interface, Excellent Customer Service and Drawing.
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The most common qualifications to become a Phlebotomist is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.