Mobile Phlebotomist, Lexington, KY - June 7, 2015
This is a mobile phlebotomy job that is predominately working overnights starting anywhere from midnight to 2am depending on where your route is. You are completely alone at night driving all over your state, even in the back woods areas where cell service and the walkie talkie type service they give you may both cut out and leave you stranded if you were to break down or wreck during inclement weather, which they make you drive in unless the law tells you to stay off the roads. You travel from nursing home to nursing home picking up orders and specimens and doing the ordered blood draws. They want no mistakes (UTO's), but do allow you some leniency in the beginning. You must be quick, do not stop to talk, eat, or take any kind of break. All of these things are to be done while driving. You have many homes with people who are unable to properly respond with consent and some that have to have the workers there hold the patient for you to get your blood. At the first of every month the doctors order everything on everyone in all of your homes and you end up working 16 to 18 hour days. When you are done with your route you must help anyone else who is not finished until all draws from all homes are complete, no matter what. Many days you end up working 12 to 16 hour shifts even though its suppose to be an 8 hour job and daytime phlebos begin coming in starting about 5-6 am. A lot of times patients refuse the procedure, these don't look good on your record, they want you to talk the patient into having them done even when the doctor has had the same people having daily draws for years for things like hematocrit that hasn't changed. IF they are fully staffed, which is rare, and you get a good route, the money is good and you will get off work at a decent hour and the job is great. But most of the time they are under staffed or a bunch of people call out sick and then it sucks.