If you have decided to work as a medical assistant or a medical receptionist you have selected a field that job openings should be plentiful as long as there are doctors, hospitals and clinics in your area. As an assistant, you will be working with the patients by checking them into the facility and taking care of their paper work. You will also be working with their scheduling for testing and other needs as well as registering their vital signs in their records. With this position you not only will need patient care skills but will also need clerical and administrative skills.
What Is A Patient Care Technician?
A patient care technician will work more hands on with the patient. In this position you will be assisting the patient with baths, meals, changing their beds and helping them with their day to day assisted living needs. This job is very important and you will be building a relationship with the patient as you will be helping them with their needs that they are struggling with. You are not only a great help to the patient but also to the nurses and the families of the patient. As the nurses are dealing with more of the medical care and assisting the doctors and the families can not always be there to help take care of their sick family member.
How To Choose Which Is Best For You
- Which position sound more like you hands on or clerical
- Do you like to work with the public and help people
- Do you have a problem with working weekends and evening or nights
- Are you good with working with the elderly or someone that is sick
How To Get Started
Check around for an online medical assistant program. This can prevent you from spending all of your time in a classroom setting and allow you to learn and get your certificate from the comfort of your own home. This works well for people with hectic lifestyles or mothers with children at home that have the self discipline to study and do the work on their own. A medical assistant position is very helpful and helps to keep the patient and their schedule and paper work all in a neat and tidy fashion. This position is a combination between nursing and clerical and requires a multi talented person to handle this position.
Either of these positions can be very rewarding to a person that truly cares about people and want to help them. A patient care technician must be more flexible with their hours and will normally work at a hospital or a nursing home. This position requires coverage 24 hours a day 365 days a year so you must have a flexible schedule. To be an assistant, your hours should be a little more set especially if you are working in a clinic that is normally only open from 9-5. Keep this in mind when you are selecting what you would like to do and before you choose to select your online education.