Recognizing our medical assistants

This week is National Medical Assistant Week.

Medical assistants are an integral part of our patients’ health care teams. They perform a variety of tasks, assisting with check-in, testing, and recording tasks in clinics and procedure areas.

Our medical assistants perform technical, patient care, and related data entry functions under the supervision of a licensed independent practitioner (LIP) such as a nurse or nursing manager. These duties include:

  • Assisting with physical examinations
  • Documenting care, medications, and patient history using electronic medical record (EMR)
  • Performing routine tests and procedures
  • Collecting specimens for routine and specialized testing
  • Administering medications under the direction of a licensed independent practitioner

Make sure to thank medical assistants this week and every week. You can also recognize them by nominating them for a Helping Hands Award.