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Rock River Valley Blood Center is a not for profit, community blood center providing blood products and services to medical facilities across the stateline. Learn more about our Vision, Mission and Values. Rock River Valley Blood Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Unsolicited resumes will not be accepted. To be considered for job opportunities, you must specify which open position you are interested in applying for.

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Staff Stories

“There’s opportunity to learn, to always ask questions and learn answers in real time.”

– Miguel Nunez

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Miguel Nunez

Miguel Nunez has been a friendly face at the Rock River Valley Blood Center for more than a decade.
He started as a phlebotomist, was a supervisor for five years and recently began a new role as training coordinator. Helping people is what drew Miguel to the healthcare field.
“I’m always trying to be something better than just myself,” he said.

Before joining the RRVBC team, he worked as an emergency room tech at a local hospital. Moving to the blood center was a way to have a broader impact on the local community.
He compared phlebotomy work to being a goalie – you’re always on alert and on the move. He said phlebotomists have to be adaptable to change because regulations regarding blood donation are always evolving.

Good phlebotomists he said have to be fun, caring, and open-minded, willing to accept constructive feedback and be dedicated to always improving. They also have to balance being professional with helping individuals feel comfortable throughout the blood donation process.
Miguel started working on the mobile bus units, eventually moving to the Downtown Donor Center on Sixth Street in Rockford. He has always appreciated the potential for advancement and movement within the organization.

“There’s opportunity to learn, to always ask questions and learn answers in real time,” he said.
We’re currently hiring phlebotomists for multiple locations.

Check out https://www.rrvbc.org/careers/ for more information about current openings.

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LaShawn Ashley

LaShawn Ashley loves interacting with and helping people, which made her a perfect fit for the Rock River Valley Blood Center.

She joined the RRVBC team 17 years ago and started out drawing blood on mobile drives as a phlebotomist. LaShawn previously worked at a local hospital and liked the variety of the mobile work – traveling to different locations and meeting a variety of people.

From mobiles, she took a position working with donors on apheresis machines, which collect platelets and plasma. She enjoyed working with the machines and has always appreciated time spent with regular donors.

“I’m just a people person,” she said. “I’m always surprised how many longtime donors remember when I was pregnant and how my daughters have grown up. They’re always asking where they’re at now. Building that relationship with donors is so important.”

After nearly two decades at the blood center, fellow staff members have become her second set of family. She’s now a first-shift supervisor and said on-the-job training for phlebotomists should be a big draw for potential new employees.

“You can start, become good at it and then advance to the next area,” she said. “It’s a good group – you just need to give us a try. Come on in, apply and hang out with us and you’ll see this is a good job.”

We’re currently hiring phlebotomists for multiple locations. Check out https://www.rrvbc.org/careers/ for more information about current openings.

“Come on in, apply and hang out with us and you’ll see this is a good job.”

– LaShawn Ashley