Certified Phlebotomist/Courier

Singing River Health System

Job Description

The Phlebotomist/Courier transports laboratory specimens to and from the clinic site and SRHS hospital/facility in accordance with departmental/System procedures and guidelines. He/She verifies all orders, procedures, and specimens according to current procedures. The Phlebotomist/Courier practices safe driving habits and follows all safety guidelines. He/She contributes to the departments standard of excellence in providing quality services to patients and clients. The Phlebotomist/Courier performs venipunctures, heel and finger sticks, and other specimen collections for the clinical laboratory testing. The Phlebotomist must ensure that appropriate specimens are collected from the proper patients, as well as work and communicate effectively with a variety of patients, including but not limited to, critically ill, trauma, newborn, geriatric, and outpatients in numerous outpatient settings. This position requires substantial accuracy in patient identification, specimen labeling, preservation, transportation and pre-test processing. In addition, this employee may be required to perform clerical duties; process orders; perform computer functions; file reports; record/send messages; give reports to the nurse/doctor; transcribe doctors orders on outpatients; and help with any clerical or technical duty when asked by a Supervisor. The Phlebotomist/Courier must be able to demonstrate exceptional interpersonal and communication skills in order to interact with patients in a manner that builds trusts, addresses practical needs, reflects professionalism, and presents positive feedback to address the patients anxiety. He/She must be able to determine the proper procedure of phlebotomy and apply the appropriate method for specimen collection. The Phlebotomist must demonstrate the ability to ensure that all equipment and supplies are properly sterilized and maintained in a clean environment. The Phlebotomist must be able to adhere to all safety and infection prevention guidelines and procedures.

High School graduate or equivalent required; some post-secondary education in a health/science-related field preferred. Training in computer/basic office equipment and medical terminology preferred.

Current Phlebotomy certification from an approved agency is highly preferred. Certification must be from one of the following: ASCPAmerican Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification; AMT-American Medical Technologists; or NHA-National Health Career Association.

On-the-job training will be provided; however, one (1) year Phlebotomy experience preferred; or, any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Physical Demands
Job requires standing and sitting intermittently. Must be capable of performing 30-50 blood collections per day. During a collection the individual may bend at approximately a 30-degree angle for up to three minutes. The employee may walk more than a mile each day of work and sometimes may have to walk rapidly while pulling a cart. The employee may also have to lift items weighing as much as ten pounds and may also have to pick- up small children weighing up to thirty pounds, to place them on treatment bed for blood collection. Job requires sensitive touch, manual dexterity, and coordination for locating veins and obtaining blood. Good visual acuity with hand and eye coordination required to handle and manipulate equipment. Talking and hearing is involved continuously in order to communicate and document accurately. The employee is subject to exposure of body fluids and tissues, which may carry the hazard of infectious disease.

Mental Demands
Keen mental faculties to perform data collection and specimen collection. Communication / speaking / enunciation skills to receive and give information in person and by telephone. Talking and hearing are involved continuously in order to communicate and document accurately. Job requires the ability to work under stress while maintaining courtesy and tact toward co-workers, patients, physicians and clients. Ability to prioritize workload is required.

Special Demands
Must have a valid driver license; a clean driving record; and current automobile liability insurance. Job duties require basic knowledge of computer functions and basic keyboarding/typing skills.