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3 Qualities of a Successful Phlebotomist

Posted: September 1, 2021 by Diane Smith
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Earn your phlebotomy certificate at Pima Medical Institute.
 


If you are considering a career in healthcare, are not afraid of needles and like helping people, you might want to consider a career as a phlebotomist. Before you officially make the decision, we’ve come up with three key character traits that will help you know if this is right for you.  While drawing blood is a key component of the job, soft skills in this career are just as important.
  1. Be patient: People of all ages will be having their blood drawn. Many of your patients may be afraid of needles, they might get uneasy about blood, or even become anxious when it’s time for the actual blood draw. As a phlebotomist, you will need to be able to be patient and work with everyone who walks through your door. You MUST be able to put the patient at ease, even if they’re angry or emotional. Part of your job will be to help them have a good experience. 
     
  2. Be compassionate: Because you will be working with all different types of people, each day, demonstrating kindness and understanding in the face of fear and uncertainty is very important.  Whether it is helping a patient relax, or calming them and helping them manage their fears- you must be able to show compassion, to everyone. 
     
  3. Be detail-oriented: Your work must be accurate. People’s lives are literally depending on it. You might see dozens of people in a day, and you must remain accurate, even under pressure.  The correct amount of blood must be drawn, without fail, according to the doctor’s order. The patient’s identity needs to be verified and all tubes and samples must be properly labeled and distributed to the correct location for testing. Every procedure must be followed meticulously — there is no room for error!
You, your attention to detail and your conduct with patients, may mean the difference between a patient who overcomes their fear of bloodwork, and one who continues to shy away from needles, doctors, or hospitals.

close up of student having blood drawn The Pima Medical Phlebotomy program can have you in the workforce in as little as three months.

In order to be ready to hit the ground running in this field, you will need a certificate from an accredited college, like Pima Medical Institute. In as little as three months, you can be on your way to a rewarding career in healthcare. 

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