As a phlebotomist, you’ll take blood samples from patients that are examined in a lab and the results can be used to quickly diagnose diseases and conditions.
when taking blood, you should be careful that
- do not harm the patient
- does not disrupt any nursing care the patient is receiving
- take the blood correctly so it can be used for the test
- label samples carefully
- store blood properly
- provide samples immediately to the laboratory
- be loving and kind
- willing to be hands-on with patients
- in order to reassure patients; they may feel anxious about donating blood
- able to follow instructions and procedures
- able to work in a team but using own initiative
- able to explain procedures to patients, careful and methodical
- good communication skills
- including listening skills
- good organizational and observation skills
- how to draw blood from different patient groups, including children and the elderly
- different ways to draw blood
- health and safety
- anatomy and physiology
- tagging samples
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Patients may be nervous about having blood drawn, so you need to reassure them and make them feel comfortable. Phlebotomists may work in hospitals, clinics, or health centers. you can visit patients in their home or in nursing homes or residences.
Patients may be nervous about having blood drawn, so you need to reassure them and make them feel comfortable.
Depending on where you are, you will work as part of a team with nurses, health sciences personnel working in blood sciences, biomedical scientists, gps, and other health care personnel. You can work as a health care assistant and then get training in phlebotomy so you can take the patient’s blood.
There are no set entry requirements to become a trainee phlebotomist. employers usually ask for at least two gcses or equivalent. they can apply for a btec or equivalent professional qualification in health and social care or healthcare.
Employers often ask for relevant work experience. even where this is not specified, it would be an advantage if you have worked in health or social care, either in paid or voluntary work. There are apprenticeship programs in health care that will give you the relevant experience to apply for a phlebotomist trainee position. You could work as a health care assistant and then get training in phlebotomy so you can take a patient’s blood.
must have skills
As a phlebotomist, you will need:
you will also need:
training and development
Plebotomists are trained on the job, so securing a phlebotomist trainee position is recommended. training includes theory and practical work including
If you take an independent phlebotomy course before applying for a job as a phlebotomist, there is no guarantee of getting a position within the nhs.
Phlebotomists can become members of the National Association of Phlebotomists (NAP) or associate members of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) which offer training and conferences for phlebotomists. With additional experience and training, you could become a senior phlebotomist and take on more advanced work. you could become a team leader, overseeing the work of a team of phlebotomists.
pay and benefits
Your standard work week will be around 37.5 hours with the need to work flexibly over a seven day period. As a phlebotomist, you will be paid under the Agenda for Change (AFC) pay system, typically starting in Band 2 or 3. With further training and experience, you could apply for higher positions in Band 4.
You will also have access to our generous pension plan and discounts on health services, as well as 27 days of annual vacation plus holidays.