I was fortunate enough to complete my recent, month long placement at Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital during which I was responsible for providing excellent customer care, ensuring safe, accurate and efficient collection of patient specimens, phlebotomy, ECG’s and ensuring safe preparation and transportation of the specimens to the laboratory. I had the opportunity to perform blood draws on over 10 patients every day (giving me a total of 250+) in a variety of settings, ie Trauma, Emergency, Day Surgery, Paeds, ICU etc. and various states of health, perform ECG’s, heel-pokes on infants, enter requisitions in MediTech and perform a number of other duties in the Laboratory, i.e. cleaning, stocking, disinfecting, planting, preparing and staining slides etc. In addition I learned to interact with patients and support staff, the routine of the laboratory, and participated in rounds. I became familiar with the various procedures regarding draws on renal patients, the identification protocol of patients and samples, blood bank samples, public health specimens, send-outs and different specimen requirements.