Oregon Health & Science University

Phlebotomist (Inpatient / Outpatient)

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Hospital/Clinic Support
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Salary Range
$20.56 - $27.33 per hour plus potential shift differential depending on shift

Department Overview

OHSU’s focus on healing, teaching, and discovery combined with our deep history in Oregon is unique. We are the state’s only academic health center and one of the only universities in the U.S. devoted exclusively to educating doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and public health professionals. At OHSU, we strive to make an impact in our community by delivering excellence in our Healthcare facilities, utilizing cutting-edge technologies while enhancing the knowledge of our inclusive medical professionals and leaders. We value each and every one of our professionals by providing a welcoming work environment and industry leading benefits.


GENEROUS BENEFIT PACKAGE (For eligible openings):

  • Comprehensive medical, dental & vision care plans. Covered 100% for full-time employees and 88% for dependents
  • $25K of term life insurance provided at no cost to the employee
  • Retirement: Choose between pension plan or employee matching voluntary savings plan
  • Vacation - Up to 200 hours per year depending on length of service
  • Sick Leave - Up to 96 hours per year
  • 8 paid holidays per year
  • Substantial Tri-met and C-Tran discounts
  • Employee Tuition Benefits
  • Innovative Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Cutting edge Wellness Platform
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Discounts
  • Additional Benefits in:
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-term Disability Insurance
    • Long-term Disability Insurance
    • Hospital Indemnity Insurance
    • Critical Illness Insurance
    • Trauma Insurance
    • Legal Assistance Plan
    • Identity Theft Protection Plan
    • March Wellness & Fitness Center Discount
    • Travel Assistance
    • Care.com Membership

Function/Duties of Position

The Phlebotomist collects blood, urine, stool, and sputum specimens from pediatric and adult patients, as ordered by healthcare providers, for use in performing diagnostic or prognostic tests and provides related clerical, transporting and non-technical support to the laboratory.

  • Specimen Collection: uses Hospital/Laboratory Information System(s) to access orders and check for completeness and accuracy of orders; determines the proper method to collect specimen(s) based on tests to be performed and selects correct tubes, needles or other necessary supplies to collect specimen(s); locates patient and verifies patient identification using at least two patient identifiers; prepares collection site; utilizes a variety of techniques to collect blood specimens from patient by venipuncture, finger stick, or heel stick and/or instructs patient on the proper collection for urine, stool or sputum; checks condition of patient for fainting or bleeding; bandages venipuncture site; labels all specimen(s) with correct labels and prepares specimen(s) for delivery to appropriate laboratory; enters collection information (time, date, collector, and method of collection) into Laboratory Information System, and defers and/or cancels uncollected specimen requests.
  • Clerical and Customer Service Responsibilities: greets patients; reviews and reconciles orders for patient encounter; enters off-hill orders; telephones physicians and clinics to clarify orders and arrange specimen re-draws; answers telephones and provides information to callers; interacts with laboratories, medical staff, and patients to resolve problems associated with specimen collection; maintains customer service focus at all times; endeavors to make patients comfortable; meets needs of patients, even if extra effort is required; communicates professionally by phone and in person, with patients, nurses, providers, and staff.
  • Training duties: provides instruction to new employees, hospital staff, and students/externs on correct techniques for collecting specimens from patients; observes, monitors, and evaluates trainees’ progress.
  • Specimen Transport: prepares specimens for transportation to and from laboratory sites; maintains specimen integrity by storing and transporting appropriately. 
  • Miscellaneous Tasks: ensures adequate supply levels; discards expired supplies; maintains cleanliness in area where specimen(s) are collected; utilizes safety protection equipment and disposes of used supplies in correct containers; observes safety and infection control policies; may order stocks and supplies for work area; participates in unit meetings and training programs.

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma equivalent AND
  • Completion of phlebotomy training program including significant time spent in a clinical rotation OR 3 months of recent (within the last 12 months) phlebotomy experience in a clinical laboratory.
  • OR as an alternative to having completed a training program: One year of college level psychology, communications, or science course work plus 1 year of dedicated phlebotomy experience/training in a clinical laboratory.
  • Certification as ASCP (PBT), NHA (CPT), RPT (AMT) or equivalent required, or must be completed in the first year of employment.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with a Laboratory Information System and Hospital Information System
  • Phlebotomy skills including inpatient and/or ambulatory pediatric and/or adult patient populations


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