The Lab Assistant - Phlebotomist collects blood specimens for laboratory tests on inpatients and outpatients by venipuncture or capillary puncture technique. The Phlebotomist/Lab Assistant performs various clerical tasks to include utilizing the Laboratory Information System for logging, receiving lab specimens and preparing specimens for transport. Clerical responsibilities include answering telephones and providing necessary information to inquirer, printing and attaching cumulative summaries and pathology reports to patient charts, faxing results and accessioning outpatient testing.
Must be a high school graduate or have a GED
Formal phlebotomy training in a Medical Assistant Program or other hospital or military based program preferred
Minimum of Six (6) months of full time phlebotomy experience preferred; more than one year of experience is highly preferred, preferably in a hospital setting
Works with computers, printers, multi-line phones.
Must be knowledgeable of related tests for which blood is drawn, care of blood specimens, and procedures in blood collection.
Must be aware of type and amount of blood needed for various tests.
Must have basic knowledge of vascular system and appropriate sites for phlebotomy.
Must be able to perform venipuncture and capillary punctures.
Must be able to perform a number of clerical and computer-related functions.
Must be able to communicate effectively with professional staff and public.
Must have ability to reason, concentrate, and be adaptable or flexible.
Must have good judgment, initiative, be able to plan and organize work, and be capable of independent action.
Must be alert to errors and pay close attention to details
Must be able to deal calmly with others in stressful situations.
Must have the ability to explain technical information to patients and other hospital personnel in an understandable manner.
Must exhibit a cordial and helpful attitude in all interactions by voice tone, mannerisms and message content; must assist in the accommodation of client requests.
Must be able to achieve a high degree of accuracy in performing venipuncture and capillary punctures.
Attention to detail and accuracy is critical in specimen identification, filing, providing information, and attaching reports to patient's charts. Incorrect information could affect patient care.
Must also successfully complete the pre-employment/post job offer health screening examination, and the annual screening each year thereafter as an employee.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services.
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; increasing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as this group leads longer and more active lives.
According to BLS, the median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (such as registered nurses, physicians and surgeons, and dental hygienists) was $69,870 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy of $41,950.
Healthcare support occupations (such as home health aides, occupational therapy assistants, and medical transcriptionists) had a median annual wage of $29,960 in May 2020, lower than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy.
The median annual wage for registered nurses was $75,330 in May 2020.
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