Lab assistants pass phlebotomy certification exam
Nine SAMC lab assistants recently passed a national certification exam. Angela Burks, Paris Lester, Nakeshia Harrell, Nic Boatwright, Danielle Standridge, Amber Stevenson (ASCP), Kayla Speights (NHA), Denise Knight (ASPT) and Lasha McNealy (ASPT) sat for the timed, 200-question exam which was administered by Carla Wilson, supervisor, Pre-analytical Lab, who is a certified proctor.
“Although we don’t currently require our lab assitants to carry certification, by gaining it they possess the knowledge to perform blood collections properly without causing harm to the patient,” Wilson said.
The exam contained questions that dealt with phlebotomy, quality, safety, infection control, HIPPAA, and law and ethics related to phlebotomy. Each group member received a passing grade of at least 70% and is now a certified phlebotomist, recognized by the American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals. Wilson says she hopes all SAMC lab assistants will eventually become certified and that the test will be given to any SAMC lab assistant that wishes to do so.
In the photo, certified lab assistants Lawanda Brooks (center) and Lakweshia Descalzi congratulate (from left) Denise Knight, Amber Stevenson and (far right) Kayla Speights on their recent completion of the phlebotomy certification exam.