Clinical assistants are responsible for assisting clinical professionals with day-to-day clinical tasks in their organization. They are in charge of completing administrative activities, as well as more complex clinical duties. Their main functions include coordinating front desk responsibilities and maintaining proper documentation, as well as keeping accurate supplies and inventory records and ordering new items as needed. They also complete routine clinical duties such as drawing blood and taking temperatures, as well as complete training programs to increase their productivity and assist with other clinical tasks.
Additionally, clinical assistants clean and maintain medical devices to make sure they are functioning properly. They handle and operate medical instruments as needed, submit forms to relevant personnel, and attend work meetings to suggest processes changes. These assistants use a personal computer to create appointments, manage patient data, and keep accurate records of interactions for future reference. They report their progress to the clinical supervisor or manager in their department.
A bachelor's degree in clinical management or a related field is necessary for this job. Industry certifications - as well as relevant previous experience - may be required or preferred. Clinical assistants must possess strong interpersonal skills to communicate with clinical staff, as well as interact with patients. They should be organized individuals that are able to multitask in a variety of projects. Clinical assistants need to have good time-management abilities, work well in a team environment with other assistants, and perform effectively on their own with minimal supervision.
Clinical Assistant Tasks
Schedule patients, rooms, and equipment and ensure room turnover.
Educate patients, advocates and families about diagnoses, treatments and options.
Provide clinical care, conduct exams, and collect basic information from and for patients.
Enter data into online systems, following regulations and ensuring accuracy.