CORRECTIONS MEDICAL ASSISTANT
Pay Range GC11
INTRODUCTION This classification performs medical support duties within the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division Infirmary. Duties are performed within the Corrections Facility to support the Infirmary Nurse Practitioner or attending Nurse/Paramedic. This classification is distinguished from the department assistant (or medical clerk) series in that duties are not primarily for clerical support, but rather medical support which requires knowledge in that area, but not to the extent of the Nurse Practitioner.
EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES (Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed duties.)
1. Interview male and female inmates, gather medical history, measurements, evaluate medication history, perform blood draws, administer prescribed medication, and inoculations as dictated by Nurse Practitioner.
2. Provide assessment of each inmates’ needs per Nurse Practitioner and follow-up with inmates’ medical status.
3. Provide clinic support in maintaining clinic areas and medical equipment including inmates’ medication and prescriptions.
4. Maintain and assist in clerical support to medical clerk. Enter data into computer and provide reports.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITY REQUIRED OF THIS POSITION
Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of medical support duties provided in a medical clinic or office; considerable knowledge of blood draws (phlebotomy), administering of inoculations, and dispensing medications. Reasonable knowledge of basic medical equipment and patient chart maintenance; reasonable knowledge of training techniques and basic knowledge of community resources.
Skill in: Orderly processing inmates through clinic; interviewing techniques; non-judgmental working with diverse or hostile populations.
Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; make decisions independently and with the authorization of the Nurse Practitioner in accordance with established policies, and use initiative and judgment in carrying out tasks and responsibilities; establish and maintain records, reports and statistical data; represent division in a variety of settings; maintain confidentiality; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with coworkers, inmates, other government agencies, consultants, and the public.
Education, experience and training: Two years progressively responsible work experience in a medical setting which includes or is supported by course work in medical education courses OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION
Work is performed with supervision from a Nurse Practitioner. Employee uses initiative and judgment in completing routine assignments; interpretation of general administrative or operational policies and procedures is sometimes necessary. Significant deviations require prior approval. Work is checked at completion of projects.
Work is performed within established office policies and procedures, federal and state regulations, medical reference materials and county medical guidelines. Work is performed according to specific guidelines; employee uses some judgment in determining appropriate procedure.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
Regular and consistent attendance is required. Work is performed in a clinic setting; may involve bending, color identification, gripping with hands and fingers, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, kneeling, lifting, holding and carrying equipment weighing up to 35 pounds, pulling, pushing, reaching, standing and walking. At clinic setting, employee shares common exposure to communicable disease.