Phlebotomist/Lab Assistant I will be trained to perform venipunctures and skin punctures on all age groups, from neonates through adults to obtain blood specimens, process specimens for analysis, learn to utilize the appropriate computer systems to register patients, facilitate billing, accession laboratory specimens. Phlebotomist I will be responsible and accountable for performing a wide range of tasks to provide a specimen of highest analytical quality for testing and accurate information for the Geisinger Health System and Geisinger Medical Laboratories' clients, including duties to support the goals and objectives of the Geisinger Health System in its efforts to provide quality patient care and patient satisfaction.
Phlebotomists are responsible for an interpersonal relationship with the patient who they are meant to collect blood samples from. It’s the duty of a phlebotomist to make patients feel relaxed and protected while collecting a blood sample. The ability to explain the blood drawing process to patients and to show a comforting attitude toward patients creates an amiable environment.
Works under the general supervision of the appropriate Technical Specialist or administrative direction of the appropriate Supervisor or Team Leader.
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:
Demonstrates ability to read, write, and perform simple mathematical calculations.
Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate with patients and health care professionals.
Demonstrates basic PC navigation.
Demonstrates use of electronic health record and laboratory information systems preferred.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
High school diploma or equivalent required.
Prior phlebotomy experience or specimen processing in a hospital setting preferred. Without prior experience, minimum 12 months on-the-job training to learn techniques and procedures required.
Valid Pennsylvania Driver's license required. Motor Vehicle Record Check may be required.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Work is typically performed in a laboratory environment. Possible exposure to infectious diseases. May handle hazardous chemicals. Must comply with applicable safety procedures. Physical demands: Standing - remaining on one's feet in an upright position. Sitting - maintaining concentration while sitting for prolonged periods. Handling - seizing, holding, grasping, or otherwise working with hands. Fingering - picking, pinching, or otherwise working with fingers. Vision requirements - able to pass standardized color vision test. Protective equipment (as required by test performed) - eye protection, face protection, lab coat, non-sterile medical gloves.
The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.
Internal Number: 65652
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