Are you interested in a career as a phlebotomist? Are you a nurse or doctor who wants to list phlebotomy in your repertoire of skills? Most states don't require certification for phlebotomists (California and Louisiana are exceptions), but employers often do. Whether you want to establish your skills for a prospective employer or simply make your skills more marketable and improve your salary, phlebotomy certification will greatly increase your value as a medical professional. There are many different places at which you can train and many agencies that will be happy to certify your skills.
A phlebotomist draws blood for analysis by a medical laboratory or for use in transfusions. Courses in phlebotomy are available and are generally required for certification as a phlebotomist.
Qualifying as a phlebotomist requires that you be skilled in venipuncture (the drawing of blood from veins) and it also requires that you know how to document and label blood samples. Additionally, it requires that you be skilled in dealing with patients, many of whom may be frightened by the idea of blood and needles. There are many different skills required of a phlebotomist and many different areas of study required for certification.
As a phlebotomist, you can choose from a number of different workplaces - hospitals, doctors' offices, medical laboratories, blood banks, even school and corporate medical offices. Phlebotomists are needed in all fifty states as well as in foreign countries. You could volunteer as a medical technician in the third world or travel to remote outposts where medical care is desperately needed. You might want to work part-time instead of full-time. It's unlikely that the services of a good phlebotomist will cease to be needed in the foreseeable future, so it's a career that you can spend a lifetime working at. And, there is room for advancement, both in salary and in the importance and scope of your job.
If you think you have the skills and the motivation, including the desire to help people and to work in the medical field, phlebotomy may well be the career for you. You'll meet interesting people, earn a good salary, work in pleasant surroundings, and be respected by your peers. For many people, a career in phlebotomy is the ideal way to find self-respect and a place in the professional world.
On this Web site we'll talk about what's necessary to learn the skills required of a phlebotomist and about how you can become certified in a way that will optimize your employability and salary.
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