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Blood Donor Phlebotomist/FT/Days
Job Ref # 25834
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Location:
Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030

Category: Laboratory Services

Job Type: PRN

Posted Date: May 9, 2022

JOB SUMMARY

The Blood Donor Phlebotomist collects whole blood and donor apheresis products by established protocols. Responsibilities include performing pre-donation screening, processing whole blood into components as needed, and performing critical processes which necessitates a knowledge of standards required by accrediting agencies for Blood Bank and Blood Donor Center.

 

Requirements:

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
 

PEOPLE - 20%

  1. Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent donor and patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. (EF)


SERVICE - 20%

  1. Greets donors, patients, and visitors in a clear and professional manner. Answers telephone in a timely and professional manner; routes calls to appropriate person. (EF)
  2. Performs and accurately evaluates donor/patient pre-donation screening and medical history in accordance with requirements of regulatory agencies. (EF)
  3. Performs a variety of Laboratory Information System functions. Documents the donor visit, ensures patients have correct registration, and documents the processing of blood components according to requirements of regulatory agencies. (EF)
  4. Organizes workload and sets priorities. Utilizes all available work time by assisting others and performing additional tasks. Maintains a well stocked, clean and organized work area. (EF)


QUALITY/SAFETY - 40%

  1. Accurately identifies patient/donor/unit for phlebotomy procedures, obtains correct specimens and labels them appropriately. Collects appropriate whole blood from donors using accurate and sterile technique. Prepares quality components from whole blood by established procedures in accordance with standards of accrediting agencies. (EF)
  2. Appropriately prepares instruments for donor apheresis procedures. Performs donor apheresis procedures using accurate and sterile technique. (EF)
  3. Monitors patients/donors for adverse effects from the donation. Reports all unusual occurrences, procedural discrepancies and adverse reactions to supervisory personnel. Assists physician or designee in the management of adverse effects from donation. (EF)
  4. Appropriately collects samples, orders tests, and calculates results of component Quality Control. Performs, evaluates and documents quality control of equipment and procedures within established guidelines. (EF)
  5. Recognizes problems, investigates the cause, takes remedial action or escalates to leader and notifies management for follow-up. (EF)
  6. Maintains a safe environment within the Laboratory, following all policies and procedures for safety, hazardous materials, security and emergency preparedness. (EF)


FINANCE - 10%

  1. Adjusts work schedule to accommodate departmental/organizational needs. Appropriately utilizes the time recording system. (EF)
  2. Uses department resources/equipment/supplies properly and efficiently. (EF)


GROWTH/INNOVATION - 10%

  1. Participates in departmental projects activities, and seeks continuing education opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development. (EF)
This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
 

Qualifications:

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    • High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion of post-secondary education, etc.)
    • Course in phlebotomy/venipuncture preferred
 
EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
    • Requires two years whole blood collection experience which must include phlebotomy and donor apheresis experience
    • Previous data entry experience preferred
 
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
  • American Heart Association BLS
  • Certification as Phlebotomist by Board of Certification (ASCP), (ACA), (AMT), (NCCT) preferred

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
to perform the Essential Functions of the Job
    • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going evaluations consisting of one or more of the following: skills, competency assessments and/or performance reviews
    • Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all donors, patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers
    • Demonstrates skills necessary for venipuncture and capillary techniques on patients and donors utilizing appropriate equipment and supplies for whole blood and donor apheresis collections
    • Strong organizational skills to handle a heavy workload and maintain accuracy
    • Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include, Hospital / Laboratory Information Systems and Office software to maintain donor records and other related documents
    • Independently adapts to multiple ongoing priorities including organizing work flow
    • Demonstrates independent judgment and discretion to recognize problems, identify causes and take corrective action
    • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
    • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
 

Company Profile:

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's leading centers for medical education and research. In 2020, U.S. News & World Report named Houston Methodist Hospital to its top ranked Honor Roll for the fourth time and second consecutive year. 2020 also marked the ninth year in a row Houston Methodist Hospital has been named the No. 1 hospital in Texas. Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 952 operating beds, 85 operating rooms and over 8,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.

The same high-quality care for which Houston Methodist is known is available at several Emergency Care Centers in Houston and the surrounding areas. These Emergency Care Centers house exam rooms, full digital radiography suite, low radiation dose 16-slice CT scan, ultrasound and a full on-site stat chemistry lab.

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