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Medical Clinical Associate

Full/Part Time: Full Time
Department: 460 - CVI GPIC Nursing
Requisition Number: NR14-1674968

Job Description:

Through the performance of a variety of technical and routine tasks, the Medical Clinical Associate contributes to patient care in an ambulatory setting, under the direction and supervision of a Registered Professional Nurse and within the policies of the Department of Nursing and The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Assists in patient care by performing the following:Obtains and records vital signs.
Collects and processes blood, urine, sputum and stool specimens.
Reports changes in patient parameters or unusual values to the Registered Professional Nurse or physician.
Provides assistance with procedures such as stocking exam rooms with appropriate supplies.
2. Assists in the collection of screening data, i.e., personal data, chief complaints, past, present, family and social history.
Collects specimens for selected tests that assist with diagnosis treatment: urine pregnancy tests, throat cultures, and hemocult.
Participates with follow-up of abnormal lab data as directed by the Registered Professional Nurse or physician.
Applies principles of aseptic technique and infection control, including the use of protective gear.
Assists with the procurement of equipment and supplies.
Orients patients to ambulatory clinic policies and procedures.
3. Handles all information in accordance with patient confidentiality regulations.
Is open and responsive to the diverse backgrounds and experience of other people and promotes an environment that is sensitive to cultural diversity.
Treats patients with empathy and impartiality.
Communicates in a courteous and positive manner.
Relates positively to patients, family and staff within the organization.
Gives verbal reports to designated RNs and/or MDs.
Reports all problems to Clinical Nurse Manager.
4. Attends JCAHO and mandatory inservice and educational programs within the department and hospital.
Adheres to departmental policies, procedures and practices.
Participates actively in unit based interdisciplinary meetings.
Participates in projects and programs carried out within the department.
Adheres to The Mount Sinai Hospital dress code.
Assists with the preparation and maintenance of medical records.
Participates in the continuous quality improvement activities of the unit.
Assists in the operational functioning of the unit by insuring inventory needs of equipment and supplies.
Locates resources and information for patients and family.

Job Qualifications:

Education:
High School diploma or equivalent
Certificate as Medical Office Assistant/Nursing Assistant preferred.
Knowledge of biology, anatomy, physiology, records and recordkeeping, and medical terminology. This is acquired in a formal training program and/or three months on the job training.
Must have interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with patients, doctors and hospital personnel.
Must be able to work independently, follow through and meet deadlines.
Physical stamina, manual dexterity, visual and aural acuity to perform a variety of tasks and skills in area of assignment.

Experience:
Prefer experience in a medical office or acute care setting.

Mount Sinai Medical Center is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We recognize the power and importance of a diverse employee population and strongly encourage applicants with various experiences and backgrounds. Mount Sinai Medical Center--An EEO/AA-D/V Employer.

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