Join our award-winning team at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Among the top dozen medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Hospitals", UWMC prides itself on compassionate patient care as well as its pioneering medical advances. UWMC is operated by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine. The University of Washington is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. University of Washington Medical Center's 7S Translational Research Unit (TRU) has an outstanding opportunity for a Full-Time MEDICAL ASSISTANT.Under general supervision, the MEDICAL ASSISTANT (MA) will assist the nursing staff by performing delegated tasks that involve direct patient care; technical procedures or monitoring that may be invasive and require skills validations; transportation of supplies and specimens; ordering and stocking of supplies; and maintenance of special equipment, including sterile equipment and set-ups. The MA role may include coordinating the clerical activities and supporting the front desk activities for patient care in the clinic. The MA may participate in clinic and selected divisional activities to promote effective problem solving and communication. Supervision for tasks performed under a Medical Assistant's Health Care Assistant Certification is the responsibility of the TRU Clinical Medical Director or designee. TRU RNs provide direct supervision of services performed by the MAs.The successful candidate will perform the highest level of patient care possible. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to care for our patients and support our team in the following areas:PATIENT FLOWPreparation for VisitPrepares paperwork for clinic visit according to unit protocol.Reviews daily schedule to identify visits that may require special preparation, i.e. supplies, equipment, etc.Opens and prepares patient rooms assuring that the rooms are clean and organized between patients. Patient CareAccurately obtains and documents patient's height, weight, vital signs, etc. in the medical record and flowsheet per research protocol.Properly identifies patients prior to procedures, injections, or collection of specimens.Recognizes symptoms of urgent problems or unstable conditions and reports immediately to RN and / or research study coordinator.Alerts research team to arrival of scheduled patients as required by research guidelines.Performs procedures, administers tests, etc. as ordered by medical doctor. Notifies RN of orders that cannot be implemented by MAs.Records all clinic administered tests performed by the MA on the appropriate form in the medical record.Accurately documents patient care in the medical record (paper or electronic) according to the unit guidelines.Assist with inpatient admissions as requested by care team.Transport patients and lab specimens as needed.Monitor the Patient FlowMonitors patient flow throughout the clinic to assure efficient clinic operations.Anticipates arrival of scheduled patients and completes tasks promptly.Monitors room lights, flags or other signals for indications of necessary patient care.Takes initiative to maintain patient flow for nursing staff and research team. Patient DischargeNotifies RN staff and / or clinic manager of patients requiring emergency procedures or transfers.Provides patients with appropriate discharge instructions, patient education handouts, and home test kits as specified in the research protocol. Documents accordingly.Follows other clinic specific discharge procedures.Schedules appointments as research team requests them.SAFE AND THERAPEUTIC CAREProcedures performed by MAAccurately measures and documents Orthostatic blood pressure.Oxygen administration.12-lead electrocardiogram including rhythm strips.Cleans patient care equipment per clinic guidelines.Collects lab specimens including urine, sputum, blood, etc.Assists research team with non-invasive testing (e.g. 6 minute walk test).Performs venipuncture (Health Care Assistant category A), administers skin tests if allowed by unit protocol (Health Care Assistant category C), administers immunizations or other injections if allowed by unit protocol (Health Care Assistant category E).BILLINGCompletes processes and submits billing sheets in a timely manner according to unit policy.CLINIC STOCKING AND MAINTENANCE Maintains Safe and Effective Clinical EnvironmentOrders medical supplies, forms and clerical supplies as needed (includes stock and non-stock).Maintains appearance and cleanliness of the patient care areas.Stocks examination rooms with supplies and education materials, maintaining established PAR levels as specified by clinic protocol. Promptly removes outdated supplies and medications. Checks regularly for outdates according to clinic protocol.Maintain and use supplies and equipment in a cost-effective manner.Requests housekeeping and maintenance services as needed.JOB-SPECIFIC COMPETENCIESOrients new health care providers and staff to the physical setting, equipment and general policies and procedures within the clinic.Responds to fire and other disasters according to established protocol.Performs quality assurance activities in the clinic as delegated.Demonstrates proficiency in use of scheduling and electronic medical record systems.Maintain knowledge of Hospital and Ambulatory care department and clinic policies and procedures.Participate in staff meetings in person and/or actively seek to keep informed of information/idea sharing.Maintains infection control standards including hand hygiene and appropriate use of personal protective attire.Responsible to maintain TB/flu vaccine/respiratory mask fit.Maintains, completes and submits required Clinical Research Center reports and audits in a timely manner.Completes annual competencies.Participates in development of new policies involving MA practice and clinic processes.Supports the "Service Culture Guidelines".Performs related duties as required.
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