Thursday, February 20, 2014

Let's learn about a different Medical Profession: Medical Assisting and Traits you want to be Aware of to Entice Future Employers

Characteristics Employers are Looking for in Medical Assistants During 2014

If you haven't had an opportunity to read my About Me section, I took a Certified Nursing Assistant training course intensive, have my Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology, and my Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. In my time as an Occupational Therapist, I had the opportunity to work in an acute care hospital setting, helping people in the hospital become more independent so they were able to either go home, into an acute rehabilitation hospital, or into a skilled nursing or sub-acute rehabilitation facility (typically one in the same). During my time in acute hospital care and in acute rehabilitation, I would often come across extremely interesting diagnoses of my patients. If I didn't know what it was, I'd look it up. If I was still confused as to how their diagnosis affected their occupational performance (everyday functional activities), then I would speak with their physicians or nurses to get more information.

After being in an acute care hospital for a year, I went "PRN" or as needed, and became a full time employee at an acute rehab facility, in which I also did outpatient adult therapy, ranging from shoulder and hand injuries, to neurological, traumatic brain injury and strokes, and even working with people having parkinsons. I even had an opportunity to perform Aquatic Therapy in our Therapy Pool. I also did some part time work with a skilled nursing facility while transitioning and packing up our house to move across the country. Jobs in healthcare are so different based upon the setting in which you live. There's such a vast set of opportunities available in the medical field for those of all educational levels, which involve all types of time commitments, and I love to learn about and share about each one I learn about!

In 2014, medical assisting is one of the leading career paths from which prospective students can select when choosing a degree program. Due to the increased growth of the health care field, this career is one that is expected to experience a high rate of available positions to be filled. To get started in a career as a medical assistant, a person will need to complete the required training while gaining experience that will enable them to make a good impression on future employers. For those who are looking to get into this career, here are the top characteristics that employers are looking for in medical assistant candidates during the upcoming year.

Personality Traits
Although anyone with the right type of training can become a medical assistant, it takes a special type of personality to provide optimum patient care. Ideally, a person should be able to build a good rapport with their patients. To do so, a person will need the right combination of patience, compassion and empathy. Medical assistants are also responsible for performing many duties in the medical offices. Therefore, they will need to be detail-oriented, punctual and capable of completing tasks within a timely manner. During the interview process, hiring managers will be on the lookout for these personality traits to ensure a person will be able to handle all of their responsibilities as a medical assistant.

Education and Training
In addition to the ideal personality, employers need to know that their medical assistants have the knowledge and skills to perform their duties. A skillful medical assistant will be able to complete many common procedures in medical offices. They may be called upon to draw blood, check a patient’s vital signs or to educate a patient about their treatment plan. They will also need to know how to set appointments, conduct record-keeping and maintain a patient’s files. Many of these procedures cannot be learned without the proper education and training. Medical assisting degree programs can give people a leading edge when it comes to obtaining a job because employers know that a person has received the right training once they have earned their medical assisting degree.

When a person explores a new career, it is always best to know what employers are looking for before they begin their job search. This way, they can choose the right education and training to ensure that their job hunt will be a success. By going to online career schools and completing their degree, a person will be prepared to impress their potential employer while demonstrating their competence as a medical assistant.

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13 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading this. Several years ago, I wanted to get into nursing. I should have.

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  2. That is an interesting post about what it takes in the field. I teach the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic exercise program and love it.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  3. Christine L says...

    Nursing is one of my favorite fields to recommend to young people.

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  4. great post,i have two daughters right now in college going for medical, not sure in what, just glad that they can help in some way.. thanks for share @tisonlyme143

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  5. Thank you very much for sharing this with us.

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  6. This is a great post full of information for anyone interested in getting into the field. Thank you for sharing this post.

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  7. My Daughter is a nurse and I highly recommend this career to anyone interested in the medical field. She's financially independent and has grown tremendously as a caretaker for others.

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  8. I have several people in my family that are in medical professions and love it. It truly takes a special person to perform this type of work. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. all fortune 500 companys should have a program for medical assistants on staff..

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  10. Thank you for the post. I agree that it takes a certain type of person to get into this type of field. My mother, aunt , and cousin are nurses and they sometimes talk about people that enter the field that shouldn't be there.

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  11. I applaud those who take these jobs. I do not have the patience to deal with people on this type of level.

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  12. I myself am a certified Medical Assistant as was very excited to get into the career I had always wanted to be in but yet never seemed to do. Well it finally worked out for me and then it didn't!! I loved my job , the people, the variety of work and always being busy. But unfortunately I was very hasty in making the decision on where I worked and it left a very bad taste in my mouth for the medical health field.....so I recommend you take the time and research and make sure you find the right place for YOU!! You are going to work hard so make sure it is somewhere that appreciates their employees!! Being an MA is a great starting point for anyone wanting to get into the field and possibly continue on to nursing. Sorry for the long post just wanted to give some been there advice :-)

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  13. I have two daughters who are going into the medical field, not sure which but do know they want to help take care of elders.. great post and thanks for share @tisonlyme143

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