“I’ve been thinking a lot about my job lately. Yesterday marked my fifth anniversary as a medical assistant in a small private practice that I began working for immediately after high school. I’ve gained a tremendous amount of experience over the years, and the physicians at the office really trust my quality of work. But what if I could be more than just a medical assistant? While it’s been a great job, with a decent salary, I’ve been thinking more and more about building a career that has the potential for growth. A future where my position, salary, and skill sets are constantly growing. The only real way to ensure that kind of growth, I realized, is to go back to school and earn a college degree. To realistically reach my career goals, based on where I would like to see myself in another five years, I have decided to start applying for nursing degrees in my area. The opportunities and job security that a degree in nursing will offer – (not to mention a really great spike in my salary!)- is, well, inspiring!
As a medical assistant, I spend a lot of time doing tasks that are both administrative and clinical in nature. The usual administrative things include managing patient’s appointments, medical records, handling insurance related issues, managing the patient billing process, and general booking. I’m also responsible for corresponding with hospital admittance and laboratory work on behalf of the physicians and their patients. The really cool part about my job,though, is the clinical work that I do. The clinical aspects of my job allow me to not only extensively interact with patients, but take part in their treatment and medical care. In the office, it’s my job to record their medical histories and record their vital signs, collect and handle laboratory specimens, sometimes even run basic lab tests in the office; prepare patients for medical exams, and ensure that the medical equipment, instruments, and examination rooms are sterile. In essence, my job, as is, facilitates the physicians treatment of their patients. Of the two aspects of my job, I really enjoy doing the clinical tasks. Earning a degree in nursing would enable me to focus solely on the clinical aspects of my job, and to immerse myself into a more comprehensive involvement in patient treatment.
While I thought about a a two-year Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN), I figured that if I was going to put in the effort and go back to school, I might as well earn the full Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) and become a registered nurse. That way I can work directly with patients, immediately under physicians, and practically at any medical facility – including hospitals! I really think going through with this step and earning my BSN degree is really important, and it’ll definitely make a career in the field of medicine more of a rewarding opportunity.”