Tips for Phlebotomy on the Job Training

Phlebotomy technicians usually say that the easiest part of their training was in the classroom. Books teach students the skills they will have to put into practice, but practice and on-the-job training are the difficult parts of the job. However, it does become easier over time, so new workers should avoid feeling discouraged. These tips will help make training easier.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Phlebotomy technicians spend a great deal of time on their feet. They have to stand in place, squat and bend over frequently. If the feet are not properly aligned, this is hard on the back. Having back pain can make an eight-hour shift seem like 20 hours. Avoid buying cheap shoes, and purchase insoles or supports if needed.

Bring A Water Bottle

Phlebotomy labs are often cool and dry to keep patients comfortable and temperatures controlled. The dry air will dehydrate skin over long periods of time, so be sure to drink plenty of water. At least one liter every eight hours is helpful.

Always Eat Breakfast

It is important to eat before going to work. When students or trainees first start phlebotomy work, it often takes a while for them to become accustomed to seeing blood frequently. Eating a healthy breakfast or pre-shift snack can help reduce the feeling of queasiness or light-headedness that some new trainees experience. Over time, those feelings will go away.

Keep Essential Items On Hand

It is helpful to keep a watch, a pen, a pad of paper, a small flashlight and a small bottle of hand sanitizer in a pocket at all times. Depending on the location of the job and duties, some items will be used more often than others.
Make Universal Precautions A Habit
Blood can carry many diseases, and phlebotomy technicians may not always know exactly what a patient is carrying. Universal precautions can prevent the spread of blood-borne pathogens, so make these precautions a habit from the start. Some people become sloppy as they become comfortable with the job, but remember that the risks always remain.

Author: Emma Campbell

I am a director at the Phlebotomy Training Institute