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. What would you like to do?
How did you become interested in phlebotomy?
As a child I've always been interested in the medical field. After High School I enlisted in the US navy as a Hospital Corpsman. During my time as a Corpsman blood draws became my favorite procedures to do. I was really great at it and seeing how the patients were glad and pleased when performing a successful venipuncture gave me a sense of pride to keep doing better.
Are you comfortable with venipuncture procedures?
I am very comfortable with venipuncture procedures. During my time in the Navy I had plenty of practice and hands on experience.
How much phlebotomy experience do you have?
I have five years phlebotomy experience. I worked in USNH Okinawa for two years. Working for the majority of my time there in the Medical Surgery Ward and Pediatric Clinic. After that I worked for three years as part of a Medical Support Group for Marines. We were responsible for the Medical Readiness of a thousand plus Marines.
Why should I hire you as a Phlebotomist?
You should hire me because I have the experience and the personality. I am perfect for the position. I believe that I can be an effective asset to the company and bring high quality healthcare to your patients.
What qualities would you bring to the job?
Professionalism and an out going personality. I believe that these two combinations are important as a phlebotomist because you're not only engaging patients in different age groups, but also people with different personalities and backgrounds. We need to have both, be professional in the work area and be a people person among our patients.
How would you identify a patient?
This is really important to prevent error. I would identify the patient by asking his/her first and last name, date of birth and address. I would then compare the information given with the healthcare records on file.
What would be the best part of the Job?
The best part of the job is after the procedure is done and the patient is pleased with the quality of healthcare they received.
What would be the worst part of the job?
The worst part of the job would be the inability to make patients feel comfortable. It is my responsibility to gain the trust of my patients.
How would you describe a typical day as a phlebotomist?
A typical day would include gathering patient files, organizing and prepping work stations making sure everything is ready to go. When patients arrive, I will greet them with a positive attitude, giving them a positive vibe. I would then verify their information and compare with the one on file. I would make sure everything is ready for the procedure, educate the patient of the the procedure, and to continue step by step explaining the procedure to the patient. Once the blood is drawn, i would again double check the labels before it is sent to the lab.
How do you find a vein?
Once a tourniquet is tied, i would palpate for a suitable vein.
What if you have a difficulty finding a vein?
Median cubital vein, cephalic vein, dorsal vein. The hand would be the last resort.
What would you do if you saw an unpleasant interaction between a colleague and a patient
I would approach my colleague and pleasantly ask if he/she needs assistance.
Why do you want to work here?
Scripps is a well known hospital here in Southern California and provide high quality care. I have friends and family that have been seen in Scripps and were pleased with their care. I want to work with the best.
Do you have a problem working with the young and elderly?
No, problem. My training and experience provides me with the skills and patience to work with patients of all ages.
How would you describe yourself?
I would describe my self as person who is pliable. Someone who is out going that loves to be around and helping people.
If a child starts screaming or fidgeting, how would you calm him or her?
I would get the child focus on something else, like getting the childs attention by making him listen to what I was saying and assure him that the sooner he behaves the sooner he will get his surprise sticker! Cartoon stickers are handy and worked in the past.
What will you do if a patient is a difficult draw?
I would attempt no more than twice. After that I would inform a supervisor or the patient's provider. I would also familiarize myself with the SOP.
Can you explain this gap in your employment history?
When I got out of the military, I was taking a few classes for my prereqs. I got involved with mission work helping people. This required me to travel to the Philippines, with a small group. We established a church and a school there. Also did medical mission, giving away medical supplies and hygiene kits. When back on the states I was working under my dads company.
What is your greatest Strength?
My biggest strength is being a people person. Being well rounded and get along with just about anybody. Having the skills to deal with people with different personalities and backgrounds.
What is your greatest weakness?
I like to be organized and done things the right way. And one of my weaknesses is that I like to take charge of the situation because I think my way is better and more efficient. But I'm also patient and a team player as long as the job is done correctly.
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