Samaritan Health Services has launched a new training program to entice workers into considering phlebotomy as an occupation.

Officials said no experience is needed and all required training to become a registered phlebotomist will be paid for by Samaritan after a successful hiring process.

With a “learn while you earn” model, it is hoped that local residents considering a health-care career will take advantage of the opportunity. Both internal and external applicants are encouraged.

“This training can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 so this is a valuable incentive,” Dallas Hull, manager of the Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital laboratory, said in a press release. “Our hope is to recruit from the local population, eliminating one obstacle to hiring — newly hired employees relocating from out of the area who are then unable to find a home in their new community.”

Phlebotomy involves drawing blood from the patient for testing in the medical laboratory, an important tool for diagnosing many medical conditions.

Those hired will travel to Beaverton for nine hours of training over three days, followed by the registration examination. Participants will be paid for their time and also be reimbursed for mileage, officials said.

“We’re hopeful that this training program will bring many good candidates to our team,” Hull said.

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