South Sunflower County Hospital

Job Description

Job Title:               Phlebotomist 
Department:        Laboratory
Shift:                        PRN

                                    3:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. (7 days a week)

                                    3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday)

                                    11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Weekends) 


Reports to:            Laboratory Director

Collects blood samples to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Assist with the clerical needs of the lab.


Duties and Responsibilities:
Blood collection:
1.  Verifies printed orders from the LIS or written requisitions. 
2.  Verifies patient identify by matching orders to the patient’s ID bracelet and 
     Asking the patient to provide the “2 identifiers”:  name and date of birth
3.  Uses age-appropriate communication skills, techniques, tubes, and blood volumes. 
4.  Collects samples at the requested time and delivers to the lab without delay.
      Obtains specimens by performing venipunctures, finger sticks, or heel sticks.
       Labels all samples at the bedside.
5.  Obtains necessary tools to collect appropriate samples for the order
6.  Wears appropriate PPE and adheres to “Universal Precautions”
                   Knowledgeable of and follows protocols for Isolation rooms
7.  Preps the patient’s arm appropriately for regular blood draws
8.  Preps the patient’s arm using aseptic technique used for blood culture collections;  
       Using the hospital’s designated cleaner.
9.  Properly uses the Blood Bank ID system.
10. Works with nursing service to draw Trough and Peak levels of Therapeutic drugs at       
      the appropriate time.
11.  Collects and receives specimens in the LIS.
12.  Places samples in a balanced centrifuge to prepare some samples for testing.
13.  Stocks outpatient area

14.  Stocks collection trays
15.  Receives supplies and stores in designated areas.
16.  Charts: non-interfaced lab work.
17.  Available; stays in the lab when blood collections are not needed 
18.  Prompt response to STAT request
18.  Performs chain of custody drug collections
19.  Collects/Spins/Processes/Packages-- send out test samples
20.  Loads printers with printer paper daily
21.  Bleaches counters daily
22.  Accepts direction/instruction from MT/MLT and/or Lab Director


Collects and receives samples drawn by nursing homes etc.
Collects and receives samples drawn by other hospital staff.
Prints labels for Collection of samples
Prints labels for samples brought to the lab for testing
Processes paperwork for send-out samples


Communication Skills:
Notifies Lab Director of any need for time off, in advance
Notifies Lab Director of any issues that negatively impact patient care
Notifies Lab Director of supply needs
Provides direction and assistance to patients, patient’s families, and visitors in a courteous manner
Responds to others in a positive and professional manner
Uses empathy and good communication skills
Offers suggestions for positive change in the lab
Reviews all information posted by the Lab Director
Works continuously at establishing a good rapport and cooperative working relationship with all hospital personnel
Attempts to recognize the needs of others and meet that need when possible
Demonstrates good judgment when responding to request and interacting with nurses and physicians


Work Area and Handing of specimens:
Receives reagents and supplies
Rotates stock.  Checks expiration dates
Cleans and disinfects the working area.
Wears PPE when handling body fluids or contaminated objects
Disposes of hazardous material according to proper guidelines
Does not take shortcuts that may endanger patient, self or other employees


Schedule and Work Hours:
May be asked at any time to perform duties not mentioned on this form
Available to work, as needed
Arrives to work on time
Arrives to work on the days/times scheduled
Notifies Lab Director of any sickness that may interfere with attendance
Notifies Lab Director in advance of any vacation or days off needed
Adjust to scheduling changes in a pleasant manner.
Willing to cover when there is a staffing shortage
Promptly responds to stat request
Hospital Policies and Procedures:
Knows the lab's responsibility during a fire or a disaster
Knows the telephone numbers of coworkers (or where to find them)
Uses Universal Precautions 
Follows appropriate isolation protocols
Clocks out when leaving the hospital campus


Work Environment:
Knows precautions needed to protect themselves in a laboratory environment:
      Works near moving mechanical parts
      May be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals
      Risk of Electrical Shock
     May work with flammable material
      May be exposed to airborne particles
      Noise level is usually moderate.


Graduate of a Phlebotomy Program (Preferred)
License/Registration (Preferred)
Have the necessary skill set to perform each essential duty satisfactorily
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Able to read and interpret documents such as lab test orders, safety rules, procedures, and instruction manuals.  
Able to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
Able to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations
Must be able to sit, stand or walk
Must be able to use hands and fingers to feel objects, tools, etc.
Must be able to talk, hear, read, and write.
Must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl
Must be able to lift at least 25 pounds
Must have good close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus