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What goes on daily as a medical assitant?

I understand being in the medical field that you certainly won't have to wait long until you are on your feet, but how busy is it in your typical workday?

Thank you comment icon I think it depends on where you work, but you most likely will be working on some type of task until the office is closed. There are great videos on YouTube of individuals vlogging their day in the life as a medical assistant. Hannah Boylen

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Kimberly’s Answer

With staffing shortage these days, it can be hectic but for me, I love busy days! In my experience, smaller clinics may be lighter and can be a great place to start especially if you are new. This way, you can learn at a better pace as opposed to diving in to a place where you have to learn fast and quick because of the variety of skills you need to use. However, it really depends on what you want. In my case, I wanted to set my foot in one of the "best hospitals" in my state so I went straight for it as soon as I graduated because I also want to utilize my full scope of practice starting from day 1. On typical busy days, we will see 100+ patients with about 10 MAs (fully staffed - but hey, this is never the case). Your task will range from rooming to assisting providers with a variety of procedures, administering injections, running POCTs, processing instruments (e.g. ultrasound probes and the likes), giving meds, setting up and turning rooms over, stocking the rooms, assisting patients (e.g. scheduling), doing telemeds, closing shift and/or opening shift tasks, etc. Again, depends on what setting you work in.
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David’s Answer

The types of activities can vary depending on a variety of factors including specialty, certification requirements, and area of work. Basic responsibilities remain fairly constant include taking patient history, patient transport, room turnover, scribing, and basic procedures (such as taking blood pressure or spO2 measurements).
Some clinics and/or hospitals require certification including (but not limited to): CPR certification, phlebotomy certification, EMT certification before starting the position. With more certification comes wider scope as a medical assistant.
A typical workday depends on the number of patients and types of procedures being done. Generally life as a medical assistant is quite busy, but also rewarding.
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