Phlebotomist Kaitiki Toto

Phlebotomists collect blood and samples from patients for laboratory testing or for blood banks.

Phlebotomists need to be registered with the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand.

Phlebotomists may do some or all of the following:

  • label samples and collect patient data
  • input data into computers
  • reassure patients and blood donors
  • take blood and other samples such as plasma and skin
  • look after patients if they have an adverse reaction
  • travel to collect samples from patients
  • test for allergies
  • maintain machinery and order supplies
  • drive a blood bank collection vehicle
  • publicise and attend blood donation events
  • provide front-line customer service.

Donor technicians

To become a registered donor technician for the New Zealand Blood Service, you need to work for the service for two years and pass the Qualified Donor Technician certificate (QDT).

Specimen services technicians

To become a registered specimen services technician you need to work in an approved laboratory for two years and pass the Qualified Specimen Services Technician certificate (QST).

Physical Requirements

Phlebotomists need to be reasonably fit and healthy, as they stand for most of the day. They also need to have good hand-eye co-ordination for finding veins when taking blood samples.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for phlebotomists includes:

  • customer service work
  • work in laboratories, particularly in the specimen reception area
  • training and working as a nurse or health care assistant
  • work in hospitals (particularly medical laboratories).

Personal Qualities

Phlebotomists need to be:

  • responsible
  • tolerant, patient and gentle
  • able to inspire confidence in patients and put them at ease
  • practical, and able to pay attention to detail
  • able to follow procedures and instructions
  • organised, with basic computer skills
  • good communicators with good listening skills.

Phlebotomists should not be squeamish, as their work involves body samples. They also need the ability to deal sensitively with a wide range of people.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for phlebotomists includes:

  • customer service work
  • work in laboratories, particularly in the specimen reception area
  • training and working as a nurse or health care assistant
  • work in hospitals (particularly medical laboratories).

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a phlebotomist. However, biology, English, health and maths are useful.

Phlebotomists can earn around $39K-$46K per year per year.

Phlebotomists may progress into management roles or move into other health-related work.

Phlebotomists registered with the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand can move into medical laboratory technician work. 

Phlebotomists may specialise in a specific area such as:

Donor Technician
Donor technicians collect blood and plasma from blood donors. 
Specimen Services Technician
Specimen services technicians take blood, urine and tissue from patients to test in a laboratory. They also perform tests and procedures on patients.
Phlebotomist

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