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The Phlebotomist's Creed

A set of beliefs every phlebotomist should embrace

by Dennis Ernst • August 30, 2021


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  • I believe working in healthcare to be a noble vocation, and caring for the sick, injured and dying to be a calling of the highest order.
  • I believe I am a professional and that professionals follow procedures properly, even when nobody's looking.
  • I believe my position in healthcare requires me to project a professional appearance, behavior, demeanor, and manner of speaking at all times.
  • I believe I am an ambassador of the laboratory and must instill confidence to the patient that their specimen will be accurately and timely tested.
  • I believe submitting a specimen to the laboratory that accurately reflects the patient's physiology is my highest priority.
  • I believe the laboratory has trusted me to draw blood properly and that my procedure must reflect the laboratory's policies for specimen collection, processing and transportation without fail.
  • I believe patients depend upon me to properly identify them and their specimens according to the standards regardless of the circumstances.
  • I believe in order to serve others, I must first protect myself from practices that put me at risk of sustaining accidental needlesticks or other exposures to bloodborne pathogens.
  • I believe patient confidentiality is a sacred trust.
  • I believe the act of inserting a needle into a patient's vein is a highly detailed invasive procedure made to look deceptively simple by those who pursue perfection.
  • I believe competency in phlebotomy demands I continue to educate myself in the field.
  • I believe that all of my patients deserve to be treated with the utmost respect, compassion and courtesy.

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Note: for an attractively designed pdf of The Phlebotomist's Creed suitable for framing and/or posting in classrooms and your workplace, visit the Center for Phlebotomy Education's FREE STUFF web page.

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Phlebotomist's Creed


Hit the nail on the head--again!

Tony Milano, 08/30/2021 17:17:09

Phlebotomist's Creed

Thanks, Tony! My hammer misses the nail now and then, but it keeps me humble!

Dennis J. Ernst, 08/30/2021 17:39:40


Love it! making a copy and posting in the lab! Maybe some will read this

Matt Giusti, 08/30/2021 20:21:09

Phlebotomy Supervisor

This is really great. Are we able to order laminated posters?

Judy F Barroso, 08/31/2021 07:12:04

Phlebotomy Instructor


Ken Starks, 08/31/2021 07:38:19

Phlebotomist's creed

Beautiful and true

Geraldine Sequeira, 09/16/2021 16:14:26

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