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Vascular Access Technician

 Daily Tasks
Draws blood from patients for testing and places intra-venous lines used for monitoring and delivering medications. Works closely with physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and the hospital clinical laboratory.
Interpersonal skills, communication skills, sincere interest in patient care, team oriented, ability to work under stress, ability to work in a changing environment, organizational skills, time management skills, problem-solving skills, manual dexterity, clerical skills, typing ability.
 Work Setting
Intensive care units in the hospital.
 Work Hours
Day, evening and night shifts, weekdays and weekends.
High school diploma or GED required.
Experience in one of the following areas required: phlebotomy, arterial puncture or IV placement. Average strength, ability to use multiple computer systems, some knowledge of medical terminology.
 Recommended High School Classes
Computer applications, health sciences, biology, chemistry, anatomy/physiology, algebra and psychology

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