Being involved in healthcare is without a doubt one of the most fulfilling careers in the world. Sadly however, entry level positions are few and far between, especially if you don’t have a degree from a top university. In this article however, you are going to discover three professions which are open to almost anybody. If you can find a position in one of these entry level positions then your career options will be almost endless.
Physician Assistants (see AAPA) are slightly different to a medical assistant in so far as the fact that they are going to need to have a qualification in one of the medical sciences before they can be considered for a role. However, physician assistants do have a great deal more responsibility and some of the tasks that they are going to be engaging in are a lot more involved. Exactly what they can perform without a physician watching over them depends on the state in which they are employed.
In most cases, a physician assistant is going to be the first port of call for a patient. They are able to diagnose them as well as provide them with the medication and treatment that they need to get better. In some cases they may even be able to assist with surgery.
At the moment there is a nationwide shortage of physicians, and that means become a physician assistant is easier than ever. Although you do need to be aware that there is at least two years of training involved before you can take up this position.
As the name suggests, the job of a medical assistant is to help various health positions. In order to do this they may be tasked with a number of administrative jobs, or in some cases get to work in the clinic. Despite being an ‘unqualified’ position, they are absolutely vital to the healthcare process. Clinical tasks could involve measuring the vital signs of a patient or even giving them the medications and injections that they need to get better. In addition to this, they will have to undertake a number of administrative tasks. This includes things such as record-keeping, handling medical instruments, ordering new supplies, or even collecting and preparing body fluids and tissues to send off to the laboratory. This really is a ‘jack of all trades’ profession, as I am sure you can tell, the skills you learn here could be absolutely vital for your career progression.
Nurse Practitioners (see AANP) are another vital role in entry level healthcare, and is once again an easy profession to break into. This is a state-regulated profession which means that the tasks that they are able to undertake vary from state to state. Some of the tasks which a nurse practitioner is able to undertake include the diagnosing and treatment of various illnesses. They can also look into medical histories and carry out physical examinations. Like doctors they will also be able to prescribe drugs as well as well as carry out a few rehabilitation treatments. You may even find some nurse practitioners providing assistance during surgery. All in all, this is a pretty involved profession and the skills that you learn as a Nursing Practitioner can benefit your future career in the healthcare industry in a plethora of different ways.
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Jacqueline Martin is a former Nurse Practitioner who now writes about healthcare. She wrote this guest post on behalf of Medical Assistant Atlas.