Re: Career Advice Needed
I believe med assistants do mostly paperwork, scheduling appts, updating & filing med records, help complete insurance forms, answering phones, handling bookkeeping, billing, etc..But I have known a few that did some patient education in regard to special diets, took medical histories, helped prepare patients for exams, remove sutures & change dressings. I think a lot depends on who you are working for, what kind of office it is, etc..You seem to be very interested in "hands on" care & I'm wondering why you didn't become a nurse. Nurses do a ton of "hands on" care, not to mention the fact that nurses make at least twice as much money. But there is & will continue to be a high demand for both nurses & med assistants. Maybe if you get your certificate to be a med assistant & obtain employment as such, you will be very happy with your career choice. If I were you, I would really check into what your job responsibilities are going to be since they seem to vary so much from office to office. Maybe you can find an employer looking for a med assist that is willing to take on some patient care other than or along with all the paperwork. If not, maybe you should check into going back to school to be a nurse. I guarantee you will get all the "hands on" care you seem to desire & probably more than you desire. If I'm correctly reading what you are saying, you would most likely be a fantastic nurse! It's a shame that there aren't more nurses with your attitude & enthusiasm. To be honest, I'm hoping that someday you will be a nurse cause I think you've got what it takes to be one-a very good one at that!! Whatever you decide to do, good luck!