Phlebotomist

Summary:
Under supervision of the Manager Laboratory Outreach Services or guidance of the Lead Phlebotomist performs responsibilities associated with obtaining blood and various other patient specimens in accordance with department procedures. Obtains samples ordered by physicians for routine and specialized tests on assigned unit. Takes samples from pediatric and adult patients on outpatient units. Transports specimens and completes basic records. Fosters patient and family centered care and nursing services in accordance with the Lifespan and The Miriam Hospital�s mission vision values with consideration of the life span including all developmental stages as well as cultural patterns.

 

Responsibilities:
Schedules venipunctures or capillary blood punctures according to priority and type of test such as timed studies. Utilizes computer-generated collection labels and references Pathology Handbook as necessary to ensure collection of specimens is in accordance with established procedures i.e. specimens are collected in proper containers and meet special collection requirements as appropriate. Duties are performed according to hospital policy and observance of universal precautions.



Verifies identity of patient following established procedures and proper patient preparation prior to venipuncture such as fasting or special diet.



Obtains blood samples from patient according to venipuncture or capillary puncture technique. Alerts nursing staff or supervisor to any deviations from puncture or adverse patient condition.



Obtains samples for specialized tests (thyroid Releasing hormone therapeutic drug monitoring and D-Xylose tolerance). Verifies volume and timing of dosage. May monitor patient as assigned to observe reactions including Diaphoresis sleeping etc.



Performs coagulation tests on outpatients such as bleeding times.



Labels wraps and transports samples according to type and urgency of sample. Maintains records on sample procurement.



Performs duties according to hospital policy and universal precautions.



Performs various functions associated with the laboratory computer system to assure proper collection and documentation of patient specimens.



All essential functions performed in this position reflect the age specific needs of the patients.

 

Other information:
BASIC KNOWLEDGE:

Level of knowledge generally acquired through high school plus accredited course available either through a hospital or a community college.



National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences certification preferred but not required.



Must know and practice principles of aseptic techniques.



Knowledge of blood collector equipment anticoagulants used special precautions and interferences.



Basic understanding of anatomy physiology infection control specimen processing medical terminology anatomic terminology first aid and safety.



Manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination to perform venipuncture techniques and capillary puncture.



Communication skills to explain procedures and allay fears of patient and to perform other activities which require courtesy and tact.



Physical ability to distinguish chromatic colors.



Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to patients throughout the life span with consideration of aging processes human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process.



EXPERIENCE:

Six to nine months of previous phlebotomy experience to demonstrate venipuncture proficiency.



WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Healthcare environment such as acute care hospitals physicians� offices and ancillary healthcare enterprises.



Works with medical equipment and has direct patient contact.



Any potential hazards are minimized by adherence to established safety procedures and precautions including use safety equipment and protective clothing.

 

Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

 

Location: The Miriam Hospital USA:RI:Providence

 

Work Type: Part Time

 

Shift: 2

 

Union: Non-Union