Medical Assistant - Pierce County - Gig Harbor, WA

Employer: Department of Corrections Wa State

Job Description:
The Washington State Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for one full-time, permanent Medical Assistant - Certified position at Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW).

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.
The Medical Assistant-Certified performs all duties under the supervision of the healthcare provider in a safe and effective manner and within the scope of their practice as defined by state law and administrative code so that patient care provided is safe, effective, efficient and clinically appropriate. The medical assistant uses tools, techniques, physical and cognitive skills and abilities to perform tasks as delegated by a health care provider.

Under the general supervision of the licensed practitioner and/or lead of the Registered Nurse, the Medical Assistant-Certified will assist in providing patient care, which may include performing routine medical records duties, some administrative support, and other clinical duties to assist in the smooth operation of the medical department of Washington Corrections Center for Women.

Duties include but are not limited to:
•Patient care services: provide assistance in all direct delivery of patient care by the Provider, included but not limited to vital signs, visual acuity, ear irrigations, injections/vaccinations, basic laboratory functions (venipuncture, CLIA waved laboratory in-house testing) and transports labs, electrocardiography, respiratory assessments (pulmonary function/peak flow). Observe, document, and report to practitioner or Registered Nurse: patient history/relevant data, 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. Assist in carrying out the plan of care by performing common therapeutic interventions, such as dressing changes, monitoring vital signs, and assisting with minor medical procedures. Document provision of patient services. Carry out licensed practitioners’ written, verbal, and telephone orders in a timely manner. Assist in checking for allergies, medication dosages and effects/side-effects, drug interactions and other signs/symptoms. Recognize and report emergent/urgent problems or symptomology. Provide emergency medical care, including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
•Provide clinical support: Attend briefing from off-going staff upon arrival on shift, brief on-coming clinical staff before departing from duty, monitor patient flow in the outpatient clinic to assure timeliness and efficiency of care and operations, ensure exam room is prepared for each patient, work collaboratively with Patient Services Representatives to ensure scheduling is documented appropriately. May assist with sick call triage and reception/intake. Assist in preparing and administering medication and performing intradermal subcutaneous and intermuscular injections as directed. Prepare clinical instruments for autoclaving, and perform Automatic External Defibrillator checks, refrigerator temperature checks, counting needles and equipment, safety checks, etc.
•Medical Records Documentation: Legibly document subjective and objective findings and the actions taken to deliver health care, maintain the confidentiality of protected health information (PHI), and effectively communicate verbally, in writing, and via computer or other electronic media with other health care personnel, custody, and other institutional personnel.
•Other tasks directed by the Physician, ARNP, or Physician’s Assistant, that fall under the legal scope of practice of a Medical Assistant-Certified.
Required Qualifications:
•Completion of a Medical Assistant-Certified program accredited by the American Association of Medical Assistants or the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA).
•One (1) year experience providing direct patient care in a health care setting
•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.
•Initial and unblemished/unrestricted licensure in the State of Washington as a Certified Medical Assistant.
•Ability to work competently in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.
•Ability to learn job-specific DOC programs needed to perform work assignments.
Other Requirements:
•Ability to work a minimum of 40 hours per week and adjust work schedule to meet organizational needs.
•Maintain professional work relationships with staff, the public, and other stakeholders, as well as work with diverse staff.
Ability to prioritize and complete tasks in accordance with timelines and expectations and multitask in a fast-paced, deadline oriented environment.
•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 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.
•Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
•IV Certification/Phlebotomy
•Familiarity with front and back office clinical operations.
•Experience actively participating in the quality improvement process for any business, including brainstorming, proposing improvement plans, or measuring success.
•One (1) year or more experience in providing health care in a correctional setting.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
•Maintain regular and reliable attendance.
•Complete a felony disclosure form prior to employment and submit to a criminal background check.
•Successfully complete, within mandated time frames, employee orientation and all other mandatory annual, in-service and other required training.
•Provide physical residential address and home telephone number to the Department of Corrections (DOC).
•Become familiar and comply with all DOC policies and procedures and Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) as applicable.
•Submit to drug testing in accordance with the CBA and agency policy.
•Veterans Preference Points Qualification
•In order to be eligible to receive Veterans Preference Points, as noted in the Agency Wide Questions, you will need to attach a legible copy of your •DD214, Member 4 form, to your application OR e-mail a copy to, by close of the job posting. If this information is not received by the closing date - no additional points will be applied to your final examination score.
•Supplemental Information
'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety by positively changing lives.'

For additional information about the agency, please visit

•Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application. A professional reference is defined 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.
•Phone number AND email address are required for all professional references.
•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 represented by 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 For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Contact Person:
Location: Perce County - Gig Harbor, WA
Application Method: Online
Base Pay: $3,316.00 - $4,294.00 Monthly

Posted on July 20, 2021

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