Medical Assistant (WCCW) - Pierce County - Gig Harbor, WA

Employer: Washington State Corrections Center for Women

Job Description:
Medical Assistant (WCCW)
Salary: $3,316.00 - $4,294.00 Monthly
Location: Pierce County - Gig Harbor, WA
Job Type: Full Time - Permanent
Department: Dept. of Corrections
Job Number: 2020-05582
Closing: 8/24/2020 12:00 AM Pacific

Please carefully read this posting in its entirety, as it contains important information for candidates
NOTE: First round of applications will be reviewed August 17, 2020

The Department of Corrections is seeking highly qualified and motivated individual for a FULL-TIME PERMANENT Medical Assistant-Certified position in the Health Services Unit at WCCW. This position is located in Gig Harbor, WA.

The Department of Corrections, as a partner in the criminal justice system, enhances public safety, administers criminal sanctions and programs in accordance with the law, and provides leadership for the future of corrections in Washington State. The Department consists of the Office of the Secretary, Prisons Division, Community Corrections Division, Administrative Services Division, and Health Services. The Department employs over 7,600 staff and has a biennial budget of approximately $1.6 billion.

WASHINGTON CORRECTIONS CENTER FOR WOMEN is a 62.6-acre facility located approximately two miles from Gig Harbor. The site includes living units, administration buildings, a health clinic, education buildings, a gymnasium, a chapel, industries buildings, food service buildings, and support facilities.

Whether the work is inside a prison, in community corrections, or in an administrative office, the Washington State Department of Corrections professional staff experience a high degree of personal satisfaction knowing they are creating environments in which all offenders can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.

Assist in providing patient care services within the scope of licensure and as delegated by the licensed practitioner or Registered Nurse.
Provide assistance in all direct delivery of patient care by provider, which includes but not limited to:
Vital signs
Visual activity
Ear irrigation
Basic Laboratory functions (venipuncture, CLIA waved laboratory in-house testing) and transports labs
Respiratory assessments (pulmonary function/peak flow)

Observe, document in the medical record, and report to practitioner or Registered Nurse:
Patient history and relevant data
Current health status (physical and emotional)
Situation of patient, family, groups, and/or communities by interview, observation, and inspection.
Recognize and report abnormal vitals and labs
Carry out licensed practitioners' written, verbal, and telephone orders in a timely manner.
Monitor patient's condition following procedures; recognize and report emergent/urgent problems or symptomology of common medical illness to the licensed practitioner or Registered Nurse.
Respond to emergencies within a facility by providing emergency medical care, including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and basic life support in a timely, competent manner.
Other tasks directed by the Physician, ARNP, or Physician's Assistant, that fall under the legal scope of practice of a Medical Assistant-Certified.

Provide clinical support to the health services team to ensure continuity of patient care and efficient clinic operations.
Attend briefing from off-going staff upon arrival on shift for patient clinical information including patients' current health status, urgent diagnostic reports, observation rooms, staffing concerns, etc.; brief on-coming clinical staff as appropriate before departing from duty.
Monitor patient flow in the out-patient clinic to assure timeliness of care and efficient clinical operations.
Ensure exam room is prepared for each patient, including medical records, instruments, etc. to expedite patient flow and support practitioner, as appropriate.
Work collaboratively with Patient Services Representatives to ensure patient scheduling, rescheduling, check-in, or no-show is documented appropriately.

Medical Records Documentation:
Legibly document subjective and objective clinical findings and the actions taken to deliver healthcare.
Maintain confidentiality of protected health information (PHI).
Effectively communicate verbally, in writing, and via computer or other electronic media with other health care personnel, custody, and other institutional personnel.

Required Qualifications
Completion of a Medical Assistant- Certified program accredited by the American Association of Medical Assistants or the Committee on Allied Health Education of Accreditations (CAHEA)
Experience working as a Medical Assistant in an outpatient clinic setting.
Certification by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support and Basic First Aid.
Ability to learn job specific DOC programs needed to perform work assignments.
Initial and unblemished/unrestricted licensure in the State of Washington as a Certified Medical Assistant.

In addition to the above, this position also requires:
Ability to adjust work schedule to meet organizational needs.
Maintain professional work relationships with staff, the public, and other stakeholders.
Ability to work with diverse staff.
Prioritize and complete tasks in accordance with timelines and expectations.
Ability to research, accumulate, organize, and communicate technical information both orally, in writing, in person, and using technologies such as telephone, electronic mail, and computer equipment.
Ability to multi-task in a fast paced, deadline oriented environment.
Ability to deescalate and listen to emotional/upset patients.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Read, understand, and apply policies and procedures.
Walk, sit and/or stand for extended periods of time.
Will work in all areas of WCCW Health Services when needed.

Preferred Qualifications:
IV Certification/Phlebotomy.
Familiarity with both front and back office operations in an outpatient clinic setting.
Experience actively participating in the quality improvement process for any business, including brainstorming, proposing improvement plans, or measuring success.

Supplemental Information
'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.'
For additional information about the agency, please visit

Provide a minimum of three (3) professional references with your application. The Department of Corrections defines a professional reference as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies. If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates. Failure to provide this information may result in your application not being considered for this position.

Phone number AND email address are required for all professional references.
Your answers to the supplemental questions MUST be supported by the work experience section in your application, or you may not be considered for this position. Resumes will not replace the "Work Experience" section of your online application. You may be disqualified if your work experience does not include information used to: 1) Meet the minimum qualifications of the job, and 2) back up your answers to the supplemental questions.

Only complete applications will be considered. Please ensure the application is complete, with employer and supervisor addresses and telephone numbers; and that all other blocks of information are complete, to include salary and the reason for leaving prior employment. Incomplete applications may eliminate the candidate from further consideration.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
Employees may work directly with or in close proximity to incarcerated individuals in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.
We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test may be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, will be disqualified from consideration.
Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) is an aerosol pepper spray made available as a means of self-defense and/or de-escalation. Applicants with sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a priority health issue for DOC employees. The successful candidate may be required to provide valid proof of a baseline TB skin test within 60 days from the date of hire. When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.
This position may be included in a Union Shop.

We are committed to hiring individuals who possess core diversity competencies:
Foster a positive attitude and openness toward the ever changing social and cultural makeup of the workplace.
Work effectively with people of different perspectives, abilities, disabilities, races, religions, ages, lifestyle preferences and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Respectfully acknowledge people's differences and recognize these differences as important and valuable.
Promote inclusiveness.
Be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
Respect and value diverse backgrounds and traditions.

DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.

For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email or call us at 253-858-4691. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Contact Person:
Location: Pierce County - Gig Harbor, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $3,316 - $4,294 MO

Posted on August 17, 2020

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