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Become and Remain a Competent Professional

Because phlebotomy is an invasive procedure, you must become and remain informed of the most recent updates in the profession. Many people are apprehensive when getting their blood drawn. Your professionalism will significantly decrease their fears.
Individuals who collect blood specimens should be assessed for competence by a qualified mentor before being allowed to perform procedures on patients and periodically after that. It is essential to receive feedback from the instructor/mentor to ensure your phlebotomy techniques are appropriate. Any remedial training needed should be provided by qualified instructors in a controlled environment--preferably a classroom and not in the presence of patients. Training and competency assessment should again occur whenever new equipment is introduced.
Training and assessment records should be kept in your employee file.
Ask for assistance when unsure about a collection. Be professional at all times. You are an essential part of the health care team.