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Phlebotomist

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Phlebotomist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€17 - 42
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Trainee: 17
Phlebotomist: 27 - 42
Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

A specialist clinical support worker who takes blood samples from patients (usually in hospital) for testing in laboratories, towards diagnosing illness.


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The Work header image

Phlebotomists collect blood samples from patients in clinics and hospitals. These blood samples are used by medical staff to diagnose and treat illnesses so it is imperative that each sample is handled with the utmost care. The sample must be collected, labeled and transported hygienically and safely to ensure that no contamination is possible.  
 
The phlebotomist is responsible for ensuring that the sample arrives at the right laboratory in the required time.  
 
Depending on the work load the job may be combined with other, more general, MLA duties.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Match laboratory requisition forms to specimen tubes.

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Dispose of contaminated sharps, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, and policies.

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Draw blood from veins by vacuum tube, syringe, or butterfly venipuncture methods.

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Dispose of blood or other biohazard fluids or tissue, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, or policies.

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Draw blood from capillaries by dermal puncture, such as heel or finger stick methods.

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Enter patient, specimen, insurance, or billing information into computer.

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Organize or clean blood-drawing trays, ensuring that all instruments are sterile and all needles, syringes, or related items are of first-time use.

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Collect fluid or tissue samples, using appropriate collection procedures.

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Collect specimens at specific time intervals for tests, such as those assessing therapeutic drug levels.

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Transport specimens or fluid samples from collection sites to laboratories.

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Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Training and Teaching Others: Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Clerical: Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a Phlebotomist, you must be thorough, methodical and accurate in your duties. You must have good communication skills for working within a team but you must also be able to show enough initiative to work on your own.  
For some areas of work you may need normal colour vision.  
 
You must not be squeamish.


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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
Tel: 01 635 2000
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Organisation: Medical Laboratory Scientists Association (MLSA)
Address: 5th Floor Liberty Hall, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 6472
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Organisation: National Association of Phlebotomists
Address: 12 Coldbath Square, London EC1R 5HL, UK
Tel: + 44 20 7833 8784
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