May 17, 2022

Phlebotomist/ Laboratory Assistant

  • Memorial Health
  • Springfield, IL, USA
Full-time Laboratory

Job Description

The Phlebotomist performs a variety of duties, including blood collection from patients of all ages, collection of body fluid specimens (i.e. urine) and cultures, and other departmental functions under the supervision of a Medical Technologist. Phlebotomists may spend their shifts performing mandated and submitted draws, preparing testing for the Medical Technologist, or running, distributing, and handing out labels for new draws. Accuracy and attention to detail are incredibly important to ensure that patients receive the correct care in a timely manner. Phlebotomists initial, date, and record time of collection on all forms and collect timed and stat specimens within a specified amount of time. Additionally, they stock phlebotomy supplies, send and retrieve blood from the tube station, utilize various computer programs and logs, and carry a Vocera, surgery phone, and star 3 pager.

On the job training is offered for Phlebotomists, as well as flexible shift schedules. There are also opportunities to advance to Phlebotomist II and Phlebotomist III or to transition to other roles. This position provides opportunities for growth with a variety of procedures and patients that are not present in most outpatient settings.

Qualifications

Education:

  • High school graduate required

Licensure/Certification/Registry:

  • ASCP Phlebotomy Certification or equivalent preferred

Experience:

  • Phlebotomy experience preferred

Responsibilities

  1. Accurately identify and obtain blood specimens from inpatients/outpatients of all ages, employees, etc. as requested by authorized personnel (i.e. physicians, residents, employee health nurse) using the correct technique and appropriate equipment. Verifies accuracy of computer generated orders. Resolves any discrepancies prior to drawing the patient. Ensure specimen integrity by adhering to appropriate laboratory collection protocols. (i.e. checking for IV’s, fistulas, etc). Initial, date, and record time blood was collected on all laboratory requisition forms or specimens.
  1. Assists with retrieving blood from tube station, central collecting blood in computer system, stocking of phlebotomy supplies, etc.
  1. Monitor daily phlebotomy actions by the use of various computer programs and logs. (i.e. Collection Inquiry, Phlebotomy Dispatch Log, will call board, etc).
  1. Maintains phlebotomy area and carts in a neat and clean manner, well stocked with supplies.
  1. Must collect timed specimens within 30 minutes of requested time and stat specimens within 15 minutes of requested time. Communicates effectively with other hospital personnel regarding collection of timed specimens, stats, and specimens that are unable to be obtained from patients for any reason.
  1. Carry and actively use a Vocera appropriately as well as carry a surgery phone and star 3 pager.
  1. Follows guidelines for sending specimens through the pneumatic tube station to ensure turn-around time requirements are met.
  1. Maintains specimen tracking by correctly logging in all inpatients and floor samples with the correct time of specimen collection. Evaluate and clear pending logs to ensure all patient samples are accounted for.
  1. Participates in the orientation and/or training of personnel as directed by administrative staff, supervisor or other authorized personnel.
  1. Maintains productivity at a rate comparable to other experienced staff (6-8 patients per hour).
  1. Performs non-technical procedures and other tasks as determined by the director, administrative staff, supervisor or other authorized personnel in order to maintain primary departmental functions.
  1. Contributes to effective customer relations by assisting patients, visitors, physicians to resolve expressed concerns and by demonstrating a welcoming and helpful attitude.
  1. Performs other related work as required or requested.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.