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In order to pursue a career as a phlebotomist, your main requirement is a high school diploma. You will also need some training which can be completed through a formal program that lasts roughly three months to a year or on-the-job experience in a healthcare facility which can last several weeks to a year. Both training options allow you to learn phlebotomy techniques, anatomy and physiology, record keeping, first-aid, safety, and medical terminology. Although most states don’t require that you’re certified as a phlebotomist, you can gain your certification through a number of organizations which can help you find a job in the phlebotomy field.
A phlebotomist’s number one responsibility is to draw blood from patients and/or donors. First, they must take the vital signs of the patient or donor. Next, they try to make the patient/donor comfortable by making small talk as they tie a compressing band(tourniquet) around their upper arm to slow the flow of blood. Then, the phlebotomist locates a good vein and inserts a needle. This process is known as “venipuncture.” Lastly, phlebotomists must ensure the blood is accurately labeled, stored and transported. Other responsibilities they may have depends on where they work, such as blood banks, clinical laboratories, hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities.
Phlebotomists are paid by the hour. Texas hourly wages are $11.36 at entry level, $13.63 at median level, and $16.42 at the experienced level. These result in the annual income of $23,620 at entry level, $28,350 at median level, and $34,140 at the experienced level. However, these wages and annual incomes depend on where they live and work and whether they are full-time or part-time. The average phlebotomist, nationwide, earns $25,177 to $30,470 annually.
I believe that this would be a good career for me because I am not bothered by blood, I am understanding, and I can be precise. You obviously need to be able to handle seeing blood every day. Being understanding as a phlebotomist is important because if the patient is afraid of needles or blood, you need to be able to comfort them. Precision is also important because you don’t want to have to stick your patient more than once because you didn’t puncture the vein.