Phlebotomist - FT40
Immediate Supervisor:Director Laboratory
Hours per week:40
JOB TITLE: Phlebotomist DEPARTMENT: Lab
HOURS: Varies WEEKENDS: yes
The Phlebotomist/Lab Aide is responsible for the highest percentage of blood draws including the arterial punctures. The Phlebotomist is a representative for the laboratory, to the patient, family and physician. Communication skills and appearance are of major importance. Phlebotomist must conduct themselves in a professional, confidential and compassionate manner. Phlebotomist may be asked to call a panic value to the physician, nursing unit, HHC agency, or Nursing Home. Responsible for running outstanding reports, daily logs distributing them and preparing them for distribution. Responsible for lab testing under direct supervision of a Clinical Scientist or Medical Technician. The Phlebotomist may register outpatients, perform the venipunctures, enter tests in the computer system and prepare tests for the Clinical Scientist and technician. Will prepare the surgical specimens and paper work for transportation to the reference lab. The Phlebotomist/Lab Aide will collect urine drug screens and perform breath alcohol analysis. Confidentiality is an absolute in this position. The Phlebotomist will be dealing with patients in the Psychiatric Unit as well as other patients and all information must be held in a confidential manner. The job requires a general knowledge of policy and procedures of the hospital, laboratory techniques and laboratory equipment in order to perform the job. Responsible for other duties as assigned by Laboratory supervising staff or other hospital supervising staff.
* Must possess a valid Driver’s License. Employee might travel to off-site clinics.
Education: Training at an Approved Phlebotomy Course
Breath Alcohol Technician Course
Training: Six Months
Experience: Phlebotomy Course (which includes hands on phlebotomy experience)
The Phlebotomist will perform blood draws which includes arterial sticks capillary punctures and heel sticks. There are many negative ramifications to an incorrect performed arterial specimen including nerve damage, circulatory damage and incorrect specimen. Responsible for informing the patient of what will occur and the reason for the pressure bandage. The Phlebotomist must attain a level of 99% competence in all aspects of phlebotomy. The Phlebotomist will assist the secretary in pre-registering the outpatients for lab analysis. The Phlebotomist will input lab test orders in the computer and verifying orders occasionally . Will do some testing under the direct supervision of the Clinical Scientist or Medical Technician on duty at the time. The Phlebotomist may do equipment and systems daily maintenance under the direct supervision of the on duty technical personnel (This includes the daily temperature checks, maintenance on some machines, maintenance on the breath alcohol analyzer and maintaining supplies inventory). This person will assist the Secretary/Phlebotomist in the blood inventory activities (checking blood in and preparing to send blood back to Red Cross). The Phlebotomist will monitor and complete the documentation for urine drug screens. Responsible for breath alcohol analysis after, training is complete. Responsible for handling a positive breath alcohol and positive confirmation. Surgical specimens and paper work are prepared for transportation. Computer knowledge a must. Will compile information for the CQI process, asked for input on areas of concern and monitor the process. The Phlebotomist could be assigned other duties assigned by the Lab Manager or other supervising personnel.
Requires a lot of walking and leaning over beds . This person may be called upon to assist in lifting a patient, requiring them to lift 50-100 lbs. Patient’s safety must be maintained by watching them and responding to their needs (being able to keep them from harm if they faint). Special demands requires a good sense of smell, color, depth perception and dexterity to do this job. The phlebotomist must be able to perform the major life functions such as: walking, speaking, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, learning and caring for oneself.
The Phlebotomist must be tactful and be positive in dealing with patients, physicians, and other staff members. Must be precise and accurate. Must be able to work very closely with other individuals. Must have dependable transportation available for nursing home draws. Must provide documentation of current insurance.