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Health Assistant II

Company: Harvard University
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Basic Qualifications

  • Graduate of medical and/or nursing assistant program
  • Two years of patient service experience

Additional Information


  • Demonstrates the ability to obtain and document accurate vital signs including temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate.
  • As requested, accurately performs and documents postural vital signs.
  • Accurately performs and documents visual acuity testing.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skill necessary to perform waived testing. Demonstrates the ability to fit patients with canes or crutches and instruct them in the correct use of these devices.
  • Demonstrates the ability to set up an oxygen delivery system.
  • Demonstrates the ability to set up nebulizer equipment.
  • Demonstrates the ability to perform and document pulse oximetry.
  • Demonstrates the ability to recognize a negative PPD skin test result.


Provides care to the adolescent through utilization of the following:

  • Supplements explanations with reasons for "why?"
  • Encourages questions regarding fears.
  • Allows adolescent to maintain control.
  • Realizes there may be resistance.
  • Provides privacy.

Provides care to the adult patient through utilization of the following:

  • Recognizes anxiety regarding potential chances in lifestyle resulting from illness.
  • Provides education based on learning needs.

Provides care to the geriatric patient through utilization of the following when appropriate:

  • Speaks distinctly due to loss of ability to discriminate sounds.
  • Slows pace of explanation due to slowed cognitive functioning.
  • Focuses objectives directly in line of vision due to decreased visual acuity.
  • Maintains a safe environment based upon physical and psychological functions


  • Adheres to the expectations and professional responsibilities of the department.
  • Employs the standards, practices, and procedures of the department.
  • Completes and complies with HUHS training requirements including HIPAA Privacy and Security.
  • Reports non-compliance incidents to the supervisor, manager, and/or Compliance Officer.

Job Summary

The Health Assistant II provides clinical and administrative support according to coverage needs. Clinical duties include, but are not limited to preparing examination rooms, performing EKGs and waived testing, maintaining patient flow, providing patient instruction regarding preparation of tests/procedures, preparing medical records ensuring that confidentiality is maintained, and assisting clinicians during examinations and minor procedures. Administrative duties include assisting patients on the phone and in person, checking patients in and collecting copays, scheduling appointments (including outside tests), and other general office responsibilities, including sending out letters and routing messages to clinicians. Performs other related duties as required.

Keywords: Harvard University, Cambridge , Health Assistant II, Other , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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