We’ll focus more on phlebotomy training next week, but before we do we’ll cover all roles of hospital staff.
We’ve just covered the different departments in a hospital. Now, let’s cover the various staff in a hospital and their purpose.
- Physician – The Doctor. He’s been highly educated and trained. Acquired a state license to practice medicine
- Physician’s Assistant or PA: Provides patient services from physicals to surgery. Works under the supervision of the doctor. A PA is also highly educated, but only takes two years of training after college. Licensed by the state.
- Nurse Practitioner or NP: A registered nurse with a high level of education. Usually a Master’s and advanced education in a specialty. Can practice independently in some settings.
- Registered Nurse or RN: A nurse who graduated from an accredited nursing program. Licensed by the state after passing an exam.
- Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN: A nurse who graduated from an accredited school. Passed a state exam for license. LPN programs are usually only one year in length.
- Certified Nursing Assistant or CNA: An unlicensed nursing staff member. Assists with basic care like giving baths, bed making, and checking vitals. Passed a training course with classroom instruction. A nursing assistant may have also taken a certification exam, but that depends on the state.
- Anesthesiologist – A physician that specializes in putting patients to sleep. Has a medical degree, board certified, and licensed.
- Pharmacist – A physician that specializes in prescribing medications. Licensed by the state. Training is a two year program after college in pharmacology.
- Respiratory Therapist: A licensed professional that trains someone in respiratory care. Works under direction of the physician to treat people who have trouble breathing
- Phlebotomist – A medical professional trained to draw blood and take it to the lab for testing. Can have a certification, but not required by most states. Certification requires formal classroom training and live blood draws.
Next week we’ll cover how to become a phlebotomist. We’ll mostly highlight the best methods of searching for a job, and the training costs associated with this career.