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Medical Assistant

General Summary

A nonexempt position responsible for assisting physicians/nurses by performing routine administrative duties and handling basic clinical tasks.

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Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assesses, analyzes and plans individualized care of patients.
  • Takes medical histories and records vital signs, explains treatment procedures to patients, prepares patients for examination, and assists physician during examinations.
  • Documents patient information for medical record including vital signs and weight.
  • Collects and prepares laboratory specimens or performs basic laboratory tests on the premises, disposes of contaminated supplies, and sterilizes medical instruments as applicable.
  • Arranges examining-room instruments as applicable and equipment, stocks and maintains supplies and equipment, and keeps waiting and examining rooms neat and clean.
  • Reviews and administers orders given by the physicians.
  • Reviews daily labs and contacts the doctor as needed.
  • Schedules procedures and obtains referrals for these services if needed.
  • Administer injections and flu and hepatitis vaccines as prescribed.
  • Triage incoming patients for clinics.
  • Maintains accurate charting.
  • Files paperwork accordingly.
  • Reviews charts and prepares them for doctor's visit.
  • Travels to satellite clinics as needed and is flexible with work hours.
  • Maintains confidentially of all client/doctor related information.
  • Completes other duties as assigned and directed by the physician, supervisor, and/or nurse manager.

Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

     Certified/Registered Medical Assistant
  • Accredited from a national or state approved school of medical assistant.
  • Currently certified or registered as an M.A.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and ability to apply basic principles of medical assistant care.
  • Experience or education in Nephrology is desirable.
  • Two years of medical assistant experience is desirable.
  • Ongoing CPR certification.
     Unlicensed Medical Assistant
  • Three years of experience in a medical setting.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and ability to apply basic principles of medical assistant care.
  • Experience or education in Nephrology is desirable.
  • Ongoing CPR certification.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • Must have COVID Vaccine.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

     Knowledge
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and basic medical assisting practice and procedures with an emphasis on taking medical histories and vitals.

    
Skills
  • Skilled in taking manual blood pressure, checking pulse, and giving subcutaneous injections.
  • Skill in maintaining a clutter-free, organized exam area.
  • Skill in establishing working relationships with other professionals and patients.
     Abilities
  • Ability to empathize with the patient and his/her situation.
  • Ability to respond flexibly to changing workload or patient assignments.
  • Able to use department supplies and equipment in a cost-efficient, effective manner.
  • Ability to demonstrate full range of motion, eye-hand coordination, manual/finger dexterity and agility.
  • Able to effectively function under stress.
  • Ability to deal with diversified patients.
  • Able to relate to patients on their level and establish rapport with the patient.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with staff members and patients.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Equipment Operated

Standard exam room and medical equipment including wheelchairs and walkers as needed.

Work environment

Combination of office and exam rooms. Frequent exposure to communicable diseases, biohazards, toxic substances, medicinal preparations, and other conditions common to a clinic environment.

Mental/Physical Requirements

  • Varied activities including standing, sitting, walking, bending, and lifting.
  • Occasional stress related to patient load.
  • Must be able to use appropriate body mechanics techniques and move intermittently throughout the workday.
  • Must be able to speak and write English in an understandable manner.
  • Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
  • Must be able to lift, push, pull and move a minimum of 25 pounds.
  • Must be in good general health and demonstrate emotional stability.
  • Must be able to effectively work with and relate to the ill, disabled, elderly or emotionally upset patients, personnel, and support agencies.