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Career Story: Clinical Assistant In A Hospital

Clinical Assistant In A Hospital

Job Title: Clinical Assistant

Education: none

Previous Experience: I worked as a CNC machinist for 19 yeas in the Syracuse area.

Job Tasks: I work at a local hospital that serves a large area of the North Country in New York.

When I get to work, we get a report from the previous shift on patient conditions and other pertinent information. Then I do vital signs on the patients that are assigned to me. While doing that, I also check to see what else they may need that I can get for them or the nurse would have to get. I am also responsible for doing glucometer testing of the patients that need it and also drawing blood on those who need it. Halfway through the shift we repeat all that. Throughout the shift we answer call bells and do stocking of rooms and supplies.

At the end of the shift we give report to the next person coming on. then make sure everything we did is put on the computer and then we can go home.

On a non-normal day it can be very hectic. We may have a patient code and have to do CPR on them or shock them. On other days it's just all the patients are very needy and keeps you running the whole shift. I work nights and don't ever believe it when people tell you patients sleep all night because they don't.

We also get alot of elderly folks who can amuse you with their life stories and make you smile on a rough day. Then there is always when you do something for someone even if its something small and can make them smile, that's what makes the job great.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part is interacting with the patients and the worst is when you lose someone. Death on the job can be expected but it's always hard to lose someone because you do get somewhat attached to the patients. On the bright side there is aways at least one patient that will bring a smile to your face and make you laugh. Those are the best.

Job Tips: This job is for someone who can feel compassion for people but can also be able to control certain situations with tact. You must be able to control your emotions when with patients and be able to comfort and talk to family members when needed. If you have a big heart this is a job for you.

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