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Aide, Home Health
Home Health Aides provide routine, personal healthcare, such as bathing, dressing, or grooming, to elderly, convalescent, or disabled persons in the home of patients or in a residential care facility.
Aide, Nursing, Orderlies and Attendants
Provide basic patient care under the direction of nursing staff. Perform duties, such as feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, or moving patients and changing linens.
Aide, Occupational Therapist
Under close supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, occupational Therapist aides typically prepare materials and assemble equipment used during treatment. They are responsible for a range of clerical tasks, including scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, restocking or ordering depleted supplies, and filling out insurance forms or other paperwork.
Aide, Pharmacy
Record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise, and inform the supervisor of stock needs. May use a cash register and accept prescriptions for filling.
Aide, Physical Therapist
Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.
Aide, Psychiatric
Care for mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed individuals. They work under a team that may include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, and therapists.
Assistant, Dental
Perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties. They assist dentists, set up patient and equipment, and keep records.
Assistant, Medical
Perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and optometrists running smoothly.
Assistant, Occupational Therapy
Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with state laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.
Assistant, Physical Therapist
Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. They help patients who are recovering from injuries, illnesses, and surgery regain movement and manage pain. Physical therapist assistants are involved in the direct care of patients.
Medical Transcriptionist
Use transcribing machines with headset and foot pedal to listen to recordings by physicians and other healthcare professionals dictating a variety of medical reports, such as emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. Transcribe dictated reports and translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms. Edit as necessary and return reports in either printed or electronic form to the dictator for review and signature, or correction.
     
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