Not many people know what a phlebotomist is, but chances are they have encountered many in their lives. Here at TMIKY we understand the importance of trained phlebotomists and we want to help you become the best phlebotomist you can be.
What is a phlebotomist?
Phlebotomists primarily draw blood, which is used for different types of lab work. A phlebotomist must be able to not only draw the blood, but ensure that it is the right amount and that it is labeled properly. The field of phlebotomy is a very rewarding one because of the amount of interaction you have with patients. Not only must a phlebotomist be able to be professional, but personable as well! Many times patients getting blood work done will be nervous or uneasy, it will be your job to unnerve them and keep them comfortable.
Get your phlebotomy certification
The phlebotomy courses at TMIKY are six weeks long. In order to receive your certification, you must attend eight hour of class each week.
Blood analysis remains an essential function in medical laboratories and hospitals. Demand for phlebotomists will remain high as doctors and other healthcare professionals require blood work for analysis and diagnoses.
However, federal health legislation will expand the number of patients who have access to health insurance, increasing patient access to medical care. As hospitals and medical laboratories evaluate their staffing needs, phlebotomists may be replaced by other more skilled healthcare workers.
The median annual wage for phlebotomists was $29,730 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned $21,340, and the top 10 percent earned more than $42,600. Most phlebotomists, particularly those who work in labs, are expected to work on nights, weekends and holidays.