Howard University Hospital | Washington, DC


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    Washington,  DC 20060
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    With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington DC area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment, with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.
    Howard University Hospital seeks to hire a Phlebotomist who will embrace our reach and historic tradition of excellence. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference.

    The Full time shifts for this position is 5:00AM to 1:30PM Monday thru Friday with every other weekend required. Every other Holiday as scheduled and needed,

    The Phlebotomist:

    Provides phlebotomy services to inpatients and outpatients, samples accessioning and supports services to clinical areas of the department and other areas of the Hospital as directed. Interacts with a variety of Pathologists, other healthcare providers, Medical Technologists, staff, patients and their families, faculty, Hospital and University officials and the general public.


    • Collects adequate and correct blood specimens by venipuncture or microtechnique on adults, children and infants.
    • Thoroughly washes hands before and after each patient contact.
    • Follows departmental policies to correctly identify the patient before any blood specimen is drawn and correctly labels all specimens drawn.
    • Displays concern for patients and promotes their comfort and wellbeing as much as possible while collecting specimens.  Displays patience and persistence when blood specimens are difficult to obtain.
    • Conducts glucose tolerance procedures and collects remaining specimens at required times.
    • Draws other timed specimens as indicated.
    • Maintains test tray and working area in a sanitary and orderly condition.
    • Ensures that proper supply levels are maintained and requests additional supplies as needed.
    • Picks up and delivers a variety of clinical specimens other than blood to the laboratory.
    • Maintains accurate and orderly log record worksheets where required according to established departmental and Hospital protocol.
    • Projects an image of professionalism in appearance and conduct at all times.
    • Receives, processes, and labels laboratory specimens for patient care and distributes specimens promptly to the appropriate laboratory section; properly stores specimens that are not analyzed immediately.
    • Ascertains the appropriateness of barcode labeling on specimens received from the units; corrects problems with barcode labeling; logs in and places specimens in appropriate location for manual and automated processing by the laboratory sections.
    • Performs test order entry, add on, specimen receipt, and other required functions in the laboratory computer system.
    • Aliquots, centrifuges, pours off, and labels specimens for the purpose of separation.
    • Logs, edits, processes, and labels all samples for reference lab requests; processes reference lab orders via the interface and/or the reference lab computer system and processes laboratory specimens for transport.
    • Notifies authorized personnel of errors (labeling, incorrect samples, etc.), which prevent sample processing.
    • Documents all quality occurrences and names of persons contacted according to the Quality Plan of the Department.
    • Labels and distributes the appropriate specimens to the proper locations and prioritizes the processing of specimens according to laboratory policy i.e. all STAT ECA specimens receives highest priority.
    • Handles telephone, fax and other inquiries concerning laboratory results, status of specimens, specimen requirements, and Phlebotomy/Central Processing operations.
    • Assists the technical staff in the clarification and /or resolution of problems specimens or specimen processing concerns.
    • Generates required copies of all clinical laboratory results on request including computer faxing and manual faxing of results.
    • Ensures that all laboratory processing documents are properly filed and boxed with proper labeling.
    • Maintains work area in a clean and organized condition.
    • Participates in the department’s in-service education program.
    • Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
    • Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
    • Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
    • Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
    • Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
    • Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
    • The employee is expected to achieve appropriate Hospital performance and productivity standards as established. 
    • The employee will perform other duties that further the customer service needs of the unit, such as answering phones, greeting and escorting patients, and administrative and clerical duties upon demand.
    • The employee will respond to emergent and urgent patient and operational issues.
    • The employee on occasion may be requested to cover part or all of other shifts, and/or be on call.
    • The employee will obtain necessary certifications as required by regulatory agencies.
    • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.


    • Basic understanding of universal phlebotomy precautions.
    • Knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body system.
    • Knowledge of pathology laboratory principles and practices in accordance with regulating agencies and Hospital standards.
    • Knowledge of the types of Clinical Laboratory specimens.
    • Knowledge of Laboratory Information System (LIS) processes and procedures.
    • Ability to use phlebotomy equipment skillfully and efficiently.
    • Ability to accurately prepare phlebotomy collection lists and other computer reports.
    • Ability to adhere to department’s policies and procedures.
    • Ability to function as an individual and as part of a team.
    • Ability to quickly master the necessary skills and information needed to efficiently perform assigned duties.
    • Ability to maintain a professional manner.
    • Ability to maintain patients’ confidentiality and display respect for patients’ privacy.
    • Ability to exhibit telephone protocol and good customer relations skills.
    • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
    • Competence in both oral and written English.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.


    • High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.).
    • Successful completion of a Phlebotomy training program.

    At Howard University Hospital our job is to care for you. We do this by offering:

    • Work life balance
    • Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
    • Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans offered (including health, disability, vacation, sick leave, and 403B retirement plan)
    • 100% tuition remission to Howard University


    COVID-19 Vaccination:

     Howard University Hospital requires all external applicants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before commencing employment.  External Applicants may be required to furnish proof of vaccination and, if offered, may elect to be vaccinated at a designated Howard University Hospital location

    Required Skills

    High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.).

    Successful completion of a Phlebotomy training program.

    Able to work varying shifts, weekends and holidays.

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