A phlebotomist is an entry level medical profession. Their role is to draw blood for it to be tested in laboratories. Very often, nurses have been trained in phlebotomy, although various hospitals and medical centers will hire their own specific staff. This is because phlebotomy is an easy to achieve qualification, particularly compared to nursing, meaning it is much cheaper to hire a qualified phlebotomist than a nurse. A phlebotomist salary is only between $7 and $9 an hour.
Very often, those who want to complete a medical career, such as doctor or nurse, will start as a phlebotomist, to give them a feel of what the work is like. The training period is very short and the jobs are plentiful and easy to option. Hence, it is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door. Additionally, there are job opportunities in a large range of sectors, including hospitals, private medical centers, clinics and so on, which in turn means you can get to know the entire industry. It may also be possible to do a phlebotomy course if you already work in such a setting.
Phlebotomist Job Profile
Phlebotomists work in clinical support. Their job is incredibly important, because it helps people to have illnesses and medical issues diagnosed. A number of duties are involved in this, such as:
• Explaining to patients what the procedure is.
• Helping calm down nerves in patients.
• Inserting needles into veins in order to be able to draw blood.
• Applying dressings where the needle has made a puncture wound.
• Ensuring samples are properly labelled.
• Ensuring the sample is received by the laboratory on time.
• Data entry and completion of records.
A lot of emphasis is placed on following procedures, since mixing up samples would be highly detrimental to the health of patients. Additionally, you will have to be able to work with many different people, including adults, babies and the elderly, and they will suffer from many different conditions. As such, each patient will require specific procedures to be followed. A lot of emphasis is also placed on health and safety of both you and the patients. Hence, you must always wear disposable gloves and take particular care when handling needles. Full immunizations, including Hepatitis B are generally required as part of the job.
Most of the time, a blood specialist works a full time job, during office hours. Some offices are happy to take on part time positions. It is rare for shift work to occur, unless you work in a hospital. This is also due to the fact that laboratories generally do not operate outside of office hours, unless there is an emergency, in which case a nurse will be able to draw blood.