Clinical medical assistants perform basic patient care activities within healthcare organizations, generally under the supervision of a registered nurse. They perform duties such as helping patients with activities of daily living such as bathing, feeding patients, updating clinical records, and helping lift and move patients as needed. Clinical medical assistants also answer patients' call lights and help ensure their rooms are comfortable, as well assist patients in using the bathroom. Clinical medical assistants may also take patients' vital signs, collect and label samples or specimens to be sent to a laboratory for further study, and record relevant information into patients' files. They must inform other members of the healthcare team of any important changes in patients' conditions, and they need to follow relevant organizational guidelines and laws at all times.
A high school diploma is typically needed for clinical medical assistant positions, as well as certification as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Basic life support certification may be required or preferred as well. Clinical medical assistants must have good interpersonal, communication and patient care skills, and they must work well with other members on the healthcare team, as well as work effectively on their own with minimal supervision. These professionals primarily work in healthcare organizations such as hospitals, doctor's offices, walk-in clinics and outpatient facilities. Their shifts may vary depending on their organization's needs and hours of operation.
Clinical Medical Assistant Tasks
Provide patient support and education.
Record, process and evaluate patient information.
Provide support for physician durring medical exams and procedures.
File records and perform administrative tasks.