While many Phlebotomists work at a single diagnostic facility or hospital, others travel to numerous locations; such as those who work for the Red Cross. Phlebotomists who travel are sometimes referred to as “floating” or “mobile” Phlebotomists. They fulfill the same duties and obligations as Phlebotomists who do not travel. The only difference is they collect samples from different locations and deliver all the samples collected to one lab.
As a Phlebotomist with the Red Cross, you will be required to have superb communication skills. You will need to be able to get along with different people from various backgrounds. Strong attention to every detail along with good hand-eye coordination is needed. Traveling with the Red Cross as a Phlebotomist can sometimes lead you to working in extremely busy environments. You may sometimes have to collect up to ten samples in a single hour. There are times you will be asked to travel doing different routes and on short notice. Patience and caring is given at the Red Cross blood donor collection sites as you may have people who will be somewhat nervous about the procedure.
Red Cross Phlebotomists usually receive employee benefits. The starting pay rate is good too. However, you will need to be aware of the unsteadiness of their working hours. The hours are not set as a standard nine to five job would be. You may never work the same hours on any given day and will need to have that understanding and flexibility. The Red Cross works to assist with natural disasters at any given time and in any given location.
The Red Cross offers Phlebotomy training to those in the medical profession who qualify. Their course offers you all the requirements of an entry-level Phlebotomist. Red Cross classes are held during the day, evening and on weekends for your convenience. Their minimum requirements for training are a high school diploma or equivalent, proof of an active RN or LPN license, and you must be in good health (physically and mentally). Their program will enable you to demonstrate entry-level Phlebotomy skills, demonstrate basic anatomy and physiology knowledge, give you an understanding of patient rights, fully understand the functions of a clinical lab and successfully complete two venipunctures.
You can contact your local Red Cross chapter for more information on their requirements and learning objectives. Red Cross training will prepare you to provide care to residents in assisted living facilities as well as hospitals and nursing homes at and entry level. Their training will provide you with hands on experience in a realistic setting. The Red Cross Phlebotomy program will provide you with skills to collect specimens for lab analysis, and to diagnose and monitor patient’s medical conditions.
Students are taught the correct procedures in moving patients, and taking vitals (temperature, breathing, blood pressure and checking pulse just to name a few). The Red Cross Phlebotomy training program prepares graduates for a long term career in the health care industry.