Duties of a Phlebotomist

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A phlebotomist is a professional trained and qualified to draw blood safely and in a
sanitary manner for medical testing or transfusion.
Blood is our life and unhygienic practices of drawing it out may render us susceptible
to life-threatening infections and diseases. Phlebotomists play a very integral role in
the maintenance health by assisting in the processing of blood and other specimens.
That alone is a great reason to become a phlebotomist.
As we all may know, our blood holds secrets about our bodies and doctors are
dependent on what our blood will tell them to really know whats going on in our body.
Although many parts of our bodies can also be useful for diagnostic purposes, it is our
blood that tells all. From simple bacterial infections to grave ones like HIV, our blood
knows more about what goes on inside our bodies than we ever will.
You may ask why a nurse or a doctor cant draw our blood. Surely they are trained to
do that. Why do we need a phlebotomist to do it for us? Its true that most medical
professionals like doctors, nurses and medical technologists are trained to draw blood
safely but due to the rising demand for medical care, they simply are swamped with
other life-saving tasks and thats why many hospitals employ phlebotomists to get this
job done quickly.
Looking for a medical career but dont have the time to go to nursing or medical
school? The steps to take to become a phlebotomist is relatively easy as it only
requires a few months of training and as long as there are hospitals and medical
facilities, you will always be assured of a job.
Once you earn your Phlebotomy Technician Certificate (in about six weeks to a few
months depending on the state you are in), youre good to go. Some people actually
take up phlebotomy as a stepping stone into the medical industry as it is hard to dive
into any industry if youre unsure of what you want to do. I have personally met
doctors and nurses who started off as phlebotomists and they told me that their initial
exposure (as phlebotomists) in the industry is what fuelled their desires to take it a
step further.

There are more than a thousand reasons why you should become a phlebotomist. You
may be surprised how rewarding a career in the medical field is. If you are bold,
unafraid of blood and needles and in the market for a job you can keep for the next
five to ten years then what are you waiting for? Just contact the nearest office of the
American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), American Medical Technologists
(AMT) and the American Society for Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT) for more
information about the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) or Registered
Phlebotomy Technician (RPT).

On your road to become a phlebotomist you will need to hurdle past training,
examinations and certifications but in the long run it will surely be worth it. To learn
more or to get started with your phlebotomist certification right away, visit and enter your Zip Code to find a training facility in
your area.