The Lab Assistant - Phlebotomist collects blood specimens for laboratory tests on inpatients and outpatients by venipuncture or capillary puncture technique. The Phlebotomist/Lab Assistant performs various clerical tasks to include utilizing the Laboratory Information System for logging, receiving lab specimens and preparing specimens for transport. Clerical responsibilities include answering telephones and providing necessary information to inquirer, printing and attaching cumulative summaries and pathology reports to patient charts, faxing results and accessioning outpatient testing.
Must be a high school graduate or have a GED
Formal phlebotomy training in a Medical Assistant Program or other hospital or military based program preferred
Minimum of Six (6) months of full time phlebotomy experience preferred; more than one year of experience is highly preferred, preferably in a clinic setting
Works with computers, printers, multi-line phones.
Must be knowledgeable of related tests for which blood is drawn, care of blood specimens, and procedures in blood collection.
Must be aware of type and amount of blood needed for various tests.
Must have basic knowledge of vascular system and appropriate sites for phlebotomy.
Must be able to perform venipuncture and capillary punctures.
Must be able to perform a number of clerical and computer-related functions.
Must be able to communicate effectively with professional staff and public.
Must have ability to reason, concentrate, and be adaptable or flexible.
Must have good judgment, initiative, be able to plan and organize work, and be capable of independent action.
Must be alert to errors and pay close attention to details
Must be able to deal calmly with others in stressful situations.
Must have the ability to explain technical information to patients and other hospital personnel in an understandable manner.
Must exhibit a cordial and helpful attitude in all interactions by voice tone, mannerisms and message content; must assist in the accommodation of client requests.
Must be able to achieve a high degree of accuracy in performing venipuncture and capillary punctures.
Attention to detail and accuracy is critical in specimen identification, filing, providing information, and attaching reports to patient's charts. Incorrect information could affect patient care.
Must also successfully complete the pre-employment/post job offer health screening examination, and the annual screening each year thereafter as an employee.
CHRISTUS HEALTH is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost more than 600 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 350 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. CHRISTUS operates in 6 U.S. states, Colombia, Chile and 6 states in Mexico. To support our health care ministry, CHRISTUS Health employs approximately 45,000 Associates and has more than 15,000 physicians on medical staffs who provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.