When there is an increased need in a medical office for drawing blood samples then on-the-job training is often
provided by an experienced staff member to supplement classroom or off-site training, or sometimes
as the only form of training. In this case the training is rather informal and focused mainly
on simply drawing the blood specimens and handling the day to day dealings associated with the
task without providing any other practical information.
Re: Phlebotomy Learned in Just 1-2 Weeks?
Posted by RPT to our Medical Assistant Web Forum:
Mar 21st, 2007 - 10:18 PM
"As a trained phlebotomist, which is a person with specialized training and
certification in phlebotomy (all others are blood drawers/collectors), I have run into stumbling blocks in
obtaining a position. It is not only a low paying, disrespected position, but is also a job that obviously can
be given to just anyone, which may explain why so many competent people can't find jobs in this
"I have heard of one hospital trying to save money by training their janitorial
staff to do the blood drawing. Only 2 states have gone as far as to make it the law that you HAVE to be FULLY
trained and certified in order to get a job as a phlebotomist. No longer will they allow just anyone to go
through a weekend training session and by Monday morning they are probing the veins of ICU
Watch this short phlebotomy video
A phlebotomist jokes before the needle stick, but then the joke is briefly on her.
Please realize that this video (published from YouTube) is NOT HERE TO
TEACH you phlebotomy techniques, but merely to show you different scenarios of the phlebotomist's
daily routine. The video may contain techniques, or procedures that do not
conform to proper, and safe venipuncture protocol. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.
Pitfalls of Inadequate Training on the Job
As of this day just about anybody can be trained to become a phlebotomist. However, most facilities prefer to
hire properly trained and experienced professionals over those that lack this education, as they shun errors and
the consequences of potential lawsuits stemming from phlebotomy injuries. Formal credit, such as certificates,
degrees, diplomas, etc., is indeed important. To put someone on the job without proper training to let them do the
job and learn-it as they go along opens the door for a lot of mistakes which will ultimately not
only hurt the people involved, but also hurt the profits, clients, and the business's reputation with the
"Most don't realize that the person sticking the
needle in their arm today could have been flipping burgers last week", said Dennis Ernst, a veteran
phlebotomist who runs a phlebotomy resource center in Ramey, IN. [From The Washington Post Company,
Tuesday, June 1, 2004]
"Getting the needle in is only half of the job.
Handling the blood sample to avoid contamination, spills, or sample mix-ups is the next challenge",
said Harris-Lyne, of Northern Virginia Community College. [From The Washington Post Company, Tuesday, June 1,
Filling the void fast: It is astonishing that there is so little regulation in
this highly technical skill. When on-the-job venipuncture training is provided, for example by another
phlebotomist, nurse, or doctor, it usually happens because there was an urgent need for another phlebotomist
in a busy medical practice, or clinic. This training usually is provided by the person who has so far handled
the blood draws in the medical office. Many area hospitals and plasma donor centers also provide on-the-job
training to create more phlebotomists for their blood donation events.
Read: Drawing Without a License
Phlebotomists Get Little Training, Regulation
By Ranit Mishori Special to The Washington Post Tuesday, June 1, 2004; Page HE01