Here at Incept, we like to make sure that our blood donors know how much we appreciate their commitment to helping their communities by donating blood.
Sometimes, however, we overlook the people who make a difference every day. Phlebotomists are a vital part of any hospital or blood center. They’re the ones who not only draw the blood but care for donors after they’ve donated and make sure that the blood is safely stored until it can be sent to the hospital.
It’s not an easy job! Phlebotomists need to be able to stand the sight of blood and needles – two things that scare most people. They also need good people skills to help their patients feel comfortable and relaxed. A phlebotomist has to keep a level head in tricky situations. If a donor doesn’t feel well, their phlebotomist needs to take charge of the situation and be compassionate. It’s a tough job but one that really makes a difference.
I have the privilege to be able to speak with a lot of donors on a daily basis, as a blood donor recruiter. Oftentimes, I get asked about the things one needs to do to become a phlebotomist. While I myself am not a phlebotomist, I know several people who are and have looked into some of the requirements.
A lot of colleges offer two-year programs in phlebotomy that include both lecture classes and lab classes. You’ll study anatomy and physiology, blood drawing procedures, patient care and other things to help you get ready for your career. After passing your classes and earning your certification, you’ll be certified for three years. You’ll need to keep up with your studies, though, to renew your certification every three years. Once you get the hang of it, however, you should do just fine.
Becoming a phlebotomist is a great way to help patients and your community. You get to work one-on-one with blood donors and have the ability to make their blood donation experience a positive one! So if you don’t mind needles and want a career that will let you help a wide variety of people, take a look at phlebotomy. It’s a profession where gentle hands and a caring heart are always needed!