Medical Assistant - Shelton, WA

Employer: Washington State Department of Corrections

Job Description:

Medical Assistant
Washington Corrections Center (WCC)
Full Time - Permanent

The Department of Corrections (DOC) is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Medical Assistant in Health Services Division at Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, WA.

Washington Corrections Center is a Reception and Diagnostic Center. The facility is a close-custody facility with the primary responsibility to process, test, and classify all adult male felons sentenced to prison in Washington State. The facility has seven living units and houses 1,700 incarcerated individuals. There are about 500 incarcerated individuals screened and assessed each month. WCC is also the major hub for transfer of incarcerated individuals to and from facilities throughout the state.

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 incarcerated individuals can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.

The Medical Assistant performs all duties under the supervision of a 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 the health care provider.

While the primary assignment may be in a specific area, daily work assignments may be in any area of the Washington Corrections Center for adequate health services coverage.

Duties include but are not limited to:
Administrative Duties -
Answer telephone calls and refer as appropriate; enter data into written health records, OMNI, prepare and maintain examination and treatment areas, including stocking and cleaning; practice infection control techniques and reports any discrepancies to licensed staff as indicated; may transport patients and lab specimens as needed; maintain safe secure, and healthy work environment by establishing and following standards and procedures, complying with legal regulations; management of supplies and medical records, transport of medical records, supplies and items required for patient care, staff training and data entry are performed; ensure that health records are maintained properly and shelved accurately when complete; ensure that there are sufficient blank primary encounters records as well as blank encounter forms as needed; maintain security and confidentiality of protected health information; accurately document in the medical record all patient care given and observations.
Patient preparation -
Prepare patients for exam by practitioner, including taking vital signs, obtaining brief history, and documenting observations; set up for specific procedures and stand by and assist during these procedures.
Direct patient care duties (may be in an outpatient clinic setting or infirmary) -
Telephonic and in-person screening limited to intake and gathering of information without requiring the exercise of judgement based on clinical knowledge; obtain vital signs including weight; obtain and record patient history, prepare patients for and assist with examinations, procedures, treatments, and minor office surgeries; dressing changes; The medical assistant maintains medication and immunization records, screens and follows up on test results as directed by a licensed health care provider; timely communication of the results of data collection to the licensed nurse or practitioner; provide patient teaching as requested when within their scope of knowledge.
Fundamental procedures as delegated by a health care provider - Fundamental procedures include but are not limited to wrapping items for autoclave, sterilizing equipment and instruments, disposing of biohazardous materials and practicing standard precautions, counting instruments and tools, and counting medications.

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)
One (1) year or more experience in providing directed patient care as a Medical Assistant - Certified.
Certification by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support and Basic First Aid.
Initial and continuous unblemished/unrestricted licensure in the State of Washington as a Certified Medical Assistant.
Ability to learn job specific DOC programs needed to perform work assignments.
Baseline tuberculosis testing before hiring and periodic testing or symptom monitoring.

Supplemental Information

'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.'

For additional information about the agency, please visit

Please include a Letter of Interest, Resume, AND include a minimum of three professional references with you application. Failure to provide this information may result in your application not being considered for this position. 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.
YOUR ANSWERS TO SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS MUST BE SUPPORTED BY THE WORK EXPERIENCE SECTION OF YOUR APPLICATION. Resumes will not replace the "Work Experience" section of your 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. BE SURE TO ANSWER ALL SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS AND ATTACH ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS.
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, genders, sexual orientations, 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, gender expression, 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 (360) 426-4433 extension 5267. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Contact Person:
Location: Shelton, WA
Application Method: Online
Base Pay: $3,065 - $3,970 a month

Posted on April 17, 2019
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