Probably the most common place at which phlebotomists are employed is hospitals. Every large town has several hospitals, both public and private, and many small towns have at least one. In these hospitals, multiple phlebotomists are required to take blood from patients for testing, often several times a day, or for inserting needles to be used in blood transfusions. Hospital phlebotomists are much in demand and are often quite well paid.
To make yourself appealing for employment by a hospital, you should set your sights on extensive training and advanced certification. Hospitals can generally pick and choose who they employ, and you want to be the most attractive candidate possible. In return, once you are employed by a hospital, you may never lack for work again.
Some hospitals will require that you have a certain number of hours of work under your belt, either at the hospital or another employer, before you are granted full status as a phlebotomist. You can start, in many cases, as a phlebotomist’s assistant, working your way up to full phlebotomist.
You must also be very good at working with people. As a hospital phlebotomist, you will see many patients in the course of a day, of all ages and dispositions. Many of these people will be frightened and will be going through a very stressful time in their lives. Often these patients will be children, who need special care and understanding from medical staff. You must also be adept at working with other hospital staffers and be willing to work as part of a team, taking responsibility for an important position within that team. As a hospital phlebotomist, you will be at the top of your profession. And the hospital environment may even give you a career springboard for moving on to work as a registered nurse, one who has exceptional phlebotomy career skills.
One note: If there is a particular hospital at which you wish to work, make sure you know in advance what its requirements are. You may be expected to take certain courses or to be certified by a specific agency. It shouldn’t be difficult to find out from the hospital’s human resources department just what those requirements are.