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A certified nursing assistant, or CNA, works under the supervision of nurses to deliver high-quality care to patients. The job requires long hours and many responsibilities, but caring for patients daily provides some of the greatest rewards any profession could offer. Not to mention, the skills you learn as a certified nursing assistant can prepare you for a long-term career in the nursing field.
Phlebotomy is the process of making a puncture in a vein, usually in the arm, with a cannula for the purpose of drawing blood. The procedure itself is known as venipuncture, which is also used for intravenous therapy. A person who performs phlebotomy is called a phlebotomist. The duties of a phlebotomist may include interpreting the tests requested, drawing blood into the correct tubes with the proper additives, accurately explaining the procedure to the person and preparing them accordingly, practicing the required forms of asepsis, practicing standard and universal precautions, restoring hemostasis of the puncture site, giving instructions on post-puncture care, affixing tubes with electronically printed labels, and delivering specimens to a laboratory.
A Medical Assistant, or a Clinical Assistant, is responsible for assisting Doctors and Nurses in providing care to their patients. Their duties include recording and updating medical histories and contact information in patient files, scheduling patient appointments, and performing standard care procedures like drawing blood, checking vitals, or collecting lab samples.
Medical Assistants rely on technical skills so they understand how to use equipment to take patients' vital signs. They should also be detail-oriented, as they must enter all patient data accurately in their records so doctors and insurance companies can refer to them. Medical Assistants should also have interpersonal skills so they can work with patients who may be in pain.
Medical Assistants typically work for hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities to perform administrative and clinical duties to support medical staff. They work closely with other healthcare professionals to communicate with patients and maintain patient confidentiality. Their job is to restock supplies in examination rooms, change bandages, remove stitches and perform physical examinations. They may also be responsible for accepting payment from patients and coordinating prescription refills for patients to pick up at their local pharmacy.
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Patient Care Technicians support nurses, doctors and other medical staff in caring for patients with physical and mental health concerns. Patient Care Technicians are employed in a wide range of healthcare settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, assisted living communities and more.
Under the supervision of nursing staff and a larger care team, Patient Care Technicians directly support patients during hospital stays and medical visits.
Patient Care Technicians hold a wide range of responsibilities, including:
By providing this vital support to patients and medical staff, Patient Care Technicians streamline the delivery of medical care and improve the patient’s overall comfort and experience.
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A medication technician, also known as a "med-tech" or medication aide, is a certified nursing assistant (CNA) who dispenses prescribed medications to patients according to doctors' written orders. In addition to her CNA certification, a med-tech must complete additional training, a written examination, and a clinical examination, as well as hold current state licensure. Most medication technician positions are held in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities where patients' medication regimens are usually stable and infrequently changed. Nonetheless, not all US state boards of nursing allow medication administration to fall within a nursing assistant's scope of practice. In states where they are allowed to practice, med techs dispense oral capsules, pills, elixirs, and perhaps subcutaneous insulin to patients; assist them in taking the medication; and assess for any side effects or drug reactions.