Medical Assistant

Position Overview

The Medical Assistant provides direct and indirect medical and non-medical services in compliance with all applicable Washington state codes, policies and procedures of Columbia Wellness.  Provider education and consultation to clients, their families, care providers, other community person's and center staff.

Summary of the Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Function as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Communicate verbally and in writing
  • Develop and maintain therapeutic relationships
  • Monitor patients during initial Suboxone induction period
  • Coordinate care with withdrawal management and stabilization medical staff
  • Provide initial intake visit and collect data
  • Document data related to clients' care including assessment results, interventions, medications, patient responses, or treatment changes.
  • Order laboratory tests under direction of doctor or advance registered nurse practitioner's orders
  • Maintain accurate up to date records
  • Administer the Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scales (AIM)
  • Medication monitoring and refills if appropriate
  • Review charts or updating all medical orders
  • Prepare clients for and assist with examinations and treatments. 
  • Facilitate referral in and out of facility
  • Attend and participate in medical and team meetings
  • Effective use of technology/software including but not limited to: computers, phones, email, EMR, etc.
  • Ability to work with difficult cases and vulnerable populations.
  • Be helpful, respectful, approachable and team-oriented.
  • Effective time management including but not limited to: planning ahead where possible and be punctual in person and work performed.
  • Build strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
  • Be receptive to feedback, willing to learn, and embrace continuous improvement.
  • Complete all documentation, reporting, and other paperwork per agency standards.
  • Attend all appropriate staff, organizational, and external meetings (as assigned).
  • Work efficiently both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to be flexible and manage urgent and crisis situations effectively.
  • Work independently within scope of practice
  • Maintain up to date paper work in charts
  • Maintain current certification in CPR, First Aid and CPI.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • The Medical Assistant must be a graduate of an accredited nursing/medical assisting school and possess a current license/certification (in compliance with Chapter 18.88 RCW) as a Medical Assistant.
  • The Medical Assistant must be certified or certified eligible and a graduate of school accredited to provide training in medical assisting/nursing. 
  • The minimum of two years nursing experience and prefer one year of psychiatric/Substance use nursing/medical assistance experience.
  • Have an up to date knowledge of psychiatric medications, mental illness theories, and current practice.  Possess knowledge of physical disease, assessment and referral.

Salary: $18.23 per hour

This position is a part of a union (OPEIU Local 11)

We are proud to be able to not only offer competitive compensations but also a benefit package that our employees love.

We offer all permanent full-time employees:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision paid in full for the employee and their family
  • Long term disability and life insurance paid for by the employer
  • 5% of gross pay put into a retirement plan by the employer. Immediately vested, no match requirement.
  • 9 paid holidays and 1 paid floater per year.
  • 6.5 sick days per year
  • 3 weeks of paid vacation in the 1st year of employment, 4 weeks after the first year and 5 weeks after 4 years.
  • 2 pay increases within the first year of employment

*NO Phone Calls Please!

Columbia Wellness is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Columbia Wellness is a private nonprofit organization that has been serving the community for over 60 years!