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Career Connections: Phlebotomist

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(Describer) Beside four different-size different-color circles connected by lines, title: Career Connections.

(Describer) Title: Allied Health – Phlebotomist A woman in scrubs pushes a cart from one hospital corridor to another. Julie Yount:

I work in the phlebotomy department in Riverside Hospital. The phlebotomy department is responsible to draw the patient's blood.

(Describer) She knocks and enters a room.

So we take all of our equipment to the patient's room, which is needles and tubes that hold the blood, and we draw the patient's blood work. We transport it down to the core lab. The results of the blood work determines the course of diagnosis and treatment of a patient. So the doctor is waiting on those results before he can decide how to move forward.

(Describer) She sets down closed tubes. Two have yellow material at the bottom.

No, I was not in healthcare before. I was in retail for 25 years and wanted something totally different to do, and this was something that had always interested me. I decided to go to school and see what it was all about, and I fell in love with it. There's two routes of training that you can go here in Columbus. Columbus State would be one. It is a year-long program. It's two semesters. Or you can go to a shorter program at the Ohio School of Phlebotomy, which takes two months, I believe. I'm not as familiar with their program as Columbus State. The Columbus State program, you get hands-on. You will do your first semester, you'll go to an outpatient facility. You will draw for 40 hours-- 60 sticks, 60 patients. Then the next semester, you will go to a hospital facility, and you will get to do 40 hours, and you will be sticking 60 patients.

(Describer) She puts on gloves.

Certification in the State of Ohio is through the American Society of Clinical Professionals. That is a test you take after you finish the class. You would contact the ASCP online. They would send you to a location to take a hundred-question test. Score 500 or above and you'd be certified for three years.

(Describer) Wrapping a thick elastic around a woman’s arm, Yount dabs the inside of her elbow with a liquid from a pad.

The job prospects in phlebotomy are very vast. You've got the hospital setting, which is 24 hours a day. There's numerous shifts. It fits your family needs. Outpatient labs. That's pretty much a 7:00 to 3:00 or 7:00 to 6:00 at night, mainly daytime, and there's plenty of those. There's also something called a "traveling phlebotomist," where you actually will go to nursing homes or people's homes to draw.

(Describer) She puts a needle into the arm.

It's 24 hours a day in most places that you go. For mothers whose children get on the bus at 8:00, you could work afternoons, nights, or come in at 3:00 in the morning, get off at 8:00, and go put the kids on the bus. Or come in at 2:00 in the afternoon and work till 10:00. There's always a need, especially early in the morning, because doctors are waiting on the blood. I would advise the high school student to make sure that biology, chemistry are part of their curriculum so that they understand the body structure. I would also make sure that they really sit back and think, "Am I a people person?" Because I'm with people every day, and you've got to love taking care of people and being part of the team that gets them better.

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Phlebotomists are trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research. They collect blood primarily by performing venipunctures. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

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