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Roles & Responsibilities:Through the performance of a variety of technical and routine tasks, the Medical Clinical Associate contributes to patient care in an ambulatory setting, under the direction and supervision of a Registered Professional Nurse and within the policies of the Department of Nursing.
- Assists in patient care by performing the following:Obtains and records vital signs.
- Collects and processes blood, urine, sputum and stool specimens.
- Reports changes in patient parameters or unusual values to the Registered Professional Nurse or physician.
- Provides assistance with procedures such as stocking exam rooms with appropriate supplies.
- Assists in the collection of screening data, i.e., personal data, chief complaints, past, present, family and social history.
- Collects specimens for selected tests that assist with diagnosis treatment: urine pregnancy tests, throat cultures, and hemocult.
- Participates with follow-up of abnormal lab data as directed by the Registered Professional Nurse or physician.
- Applies principles of aseptic technique and infection control, including the use of protective gear.
- Assists with the procurement of equipment and supplies.
- Orients patients to ambulatory clinic policies and procedures.
- Handles all information in accordance with patient confidentiality regulations.
- Is open and responsive to the diverse backgrounds and experience of other people and promotes an environment that is sensitive to cultural diversity.
- Treats patients with empathy and impartiality.
- Communicates in a courteous and positive manner.
- Relates positively to patients, family and staff within the organization.
- Gives verbal reports to designated RNs and/or MDs.
- Reports all problems to Clinical Nurse Manager.
- Attends JCAHO and mandatory in-service and educational programs within the department and hospital.
- High School diploma or equivalent
- Certificate as Medical Office Assistant/Nursing Assistant preferred.
- Knowledge of biology, anatomy, physiology, records and record keeping, and medical terminology. This is acquired in a formal training program and/or three months on the job training.
- Must have interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with patients, doctors and hospital personnel.
- Must be able to work independently, follow through and meet deadlines.
- Physical stamina, manual dexterity, visual and aural acuity to perform a variety of tasks and skills in area of assignment.
- Prefer experience in a medical office or acute care setting.