LABORATORY ASSISTANT, PHLEBOTOMIST

Job Specifications

Class Code:NA3
Analyst: LM
Date Originated:1/85
Date Revised: 10/96 12/97 5/05

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY


DEFINITION

Under general supervision, perform venipuncture and specified tests to obtain specimens; receive specimens, review labeling check condition of specimens and distribute; perform clerical work; and perform other duties as required.


DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Laboratory Assistant, Phlebotomist differs from the Laboratory Technician in that the latter spends the majority of time preparing specimens and reagents while the Laboratory Assistant spends the majority of time obtaining specimens.


TYPICAL TASKS

Perform venipuncture and finger sticks on patients of varied ages who may be carriers of infectious agents, or who may be hostile or unstable; receive specimens from patients and staff, check for condition and necessary information, and distribute specimen to the appropriate staff; operate centrifuge to spin blood; greet patients and obtain information such as fasting times, medication and insurance; complete requisitions; maintain a clean, well stocked phlebotomy room; enter test information into the computer and search computer files; answer phone and direct calls; and perform related clerical tasks.


EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

Knowledge:

  Working knowledge of:

  Some knowledge of:


Ability to:


Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain these would be:

One year of experience performing venipuncture. Training may be substituted for up to six months of the required experience on an hour for hour basis.


Special Requirements/Conditions:

  License/Certificate:

Possess and maintain a valid Certified Phlebotomy Technician Certificate issued by the California State Department of Health Services; and a valid California class C drivers license.

  Special Working Conditions:

Continuous exposure to: infectious agents which can cause chronic disease or death; allergens and irritants such as latex, talc, soaps, lotions and water which can cause reactions such as dermatitis; chemicals such as bleach, formaldehyde and mineral acids/ bases; and offensive odors such as urine, feces, and vomit.


PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: Lab Assistant
Bargaining Unit: 41
EEOC Job Category: 05
Occupational Grouping: 01
Workers' Compensation Code: 0290