Senior healthcare assistants work within a medical facility to provide basic care to patients and their loved ones. These assistants help doctors and nurses in the day-to-day care of patients. Many healthcare assistants perform tasks ordinarily carried out by nurses, helping remove some of nurses' workload. Specific tasks include bathing, calling relatives, and generally checking up on patients' well being.
Most senior healthcare assistants work in a hospital. However, they may also work in an outpatient clinic or another medical facility. These roles often have unpredictable hours, and shifts may be long; additionally, assistants are required to remain alert during these long hours to ensure patient safety. The ability to work as part of a team is extremely important for senior healthcare assistants, as they must be able to perform their tasks in conjunction with the work of doctors and nurses. Additionally, senior healthcare assistants must pay close attention to detail and work well in a high-pressure environment.
Often, organizations do not have a specific educational requirement for senior healthcare assistant positions. However, relevant certification or education may be preferred. For senior healthcare assistants, experience is essential; at least one year's experience as a healthcare assistant or a similar role is typically needed.
Senior Healthcare Assistant Tasks
Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
Interview and record patients' medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
Collect, prepare and log blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens.
Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
May assist with administrative duties including scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes.