The Medical Assistant is responsible for performing select non-complex medical interventions on the health care unit and housing units safely, accurately, and according to standard procedure. Medical Assistants work under the direct supervision of a physician. and/or, depending on scope of practice, direct and indirect clinical guidance of a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse.
Clinical supervision provided by the Physician and/or, depending on scope of practice, direct and indirect clinical guidance of a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse. administrative supervision from the Health Services Administrator
None exercised in this position
All health care unit personnel, patients, site administration staff, security staff, clinical providers, and regional team members as required
Obtain and monitor vital signs of infirmary/medical unit patients.
Transcribes and implements physician orders
Implement medical plan through interventions in accordance with provider instructions and scope of practice.
Assist nurses as needed in the medical unit within the scope of practice.
Prepares treatment room for patients.
Gathers and documents patient data
Assists physicians and mid level providers with examinations
Maintain inventory supplies
Following policy and utilizing appropriate documents, flow sheets and forms, will document all health-related encounters for patients.
Assist physician or nurse with minor procedures and treatments.
Maintain and clean medical equipment on a daily basis as needed.
Identify basic signs and symptoms of deviations from normal health status. Provide this information to the nurse and/or physician.
Work in conjunction with nurses to maintain daily duties required to run the medical unit in an organized fashion.
Collect basic subjective and objective date from observations and interviews. Provide this information to the nurse and/or physician.
Obtain vital signs and perform initial screening on sick call clients consistent with scope of practice.
Provide appropriate first aid and CPR. Report findings to the nurse and/or physician.
Clean, package and sterilize instruments.
Maintain needle, syringe and instrument inventory and record of receipt and issuance.
Inventory and restock first aid kits, supply rooms, etc.
Check expiration dates on medications and supplies.
Provides patient teaching as instructed
Performs clerical duties such as answering the phone, filing documents in patient record.
Upon receiving the necessary training and/or instruction, performs other related duties as required or assigned
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Essential duties are routinely performed in a general office and clinical environment. Duties may require work in at a station/desk and entail paperwork, use of computers, fax machines, copiers, and other business machines and medical equipment. Essential duties may require the following physical demands: may be required to lift and/or move persons, carts, emergency equipment or other objects weighing up to 30 pounds; vision to read printed materials and computer screen; walking; reaching; carrying; stooping; bending; squatting; prolonged sitting; handling (hand movement); hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone; intellectual skills including short and long term memory, abstract reasoning, and decision making.
Must be able to ambulate throughout the facility for extended periods of time; specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus; must be able to clearly communicate orally and via written and typed correspondence and notes using various forms, records, charts, and electronic media.
This position may require rotating assignments operating on a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week schedule where employee is subject to both voluntary and mandatory overtime.
Employee may be exposed to a challenging environment, which may include exposure to bloodborne and airborne pathogens, and loud noises.
High school diploma or GED
Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA)
Registered Medical Assistant (AMT)
Other Medical Assistant certification from vocational, technical school may be considered
Current CPR certification required
OTHER KNOWLEDGE/ SKILLS/ABILITIES:
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
General math and analytical skills, and planning, administrative and organizational skills essential.
Demonstrated experience maintaining multiple deadlines. Must ensure documents are ready for review well in advance of any deadline.
Comply with the correctional facility's policies and procedures
Ability to competently manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
Ability to work in a stressful environment
Must be able assist staff with various policies, administrative and organizational projects. "team-player" as this position requires daily coordination with other coworkers.
Wexford Health Sources Inc