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5 Vital Healthcare Jobs in the Merrimack Valley

5 Vital Healthcare Jobs in the Merrimack Valley

Healthcare jobs are some of the most important in the United States. The hard work of nurses, doctors, receptionists, and so many others keeps us healthy and well. Here in the Merrimack Valley, there’s no shortage of healthcare jobs that need to be filled. With several amazing hospitals, urgent care clinics, dental offices, and primary care practices, the region is a prime place for anyone looking to make a career in healthcare. 

Moore Staffing Services hires for both clinical and non-clinical services, as well as administrative, nursing and medical assistant openings. This allows medical offices to focus on what matters most: patients. 

Today, we’ll look at five important healthcare jobs that appeal to a wide variety of candidates: Medical Assistant, Medical Admin, Call Center Representative, Practice Manager, and Phlebotomist. 

Medical Assistant

medical assistantMedical Assistants, such as Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, or Licensed Practical Nurses, play vital roles in any hospital or doctor’s office. They perform tasks such as taking patient vitals, recording medical history, scheduling appointments, assisting doctors with patient examinations, and providing injections. 

Very hands-on, this type of position is an excellent alternative to, or stepping stone for, medical school. It provides excellent experience in patient care. However, Medical Assistant duties do differ depending upon the specialty of the office. So you’ll want to pay attention to the type of care offered to ensure it’s a fit for your skills and career goals.

Medical assistant education programs are available in most states and require only a GED to enroll. Certifications can be obtained by several organizations, including the American Association of Medical Assistants and the American Medical Certification Association. Depending on the employer, a 2-year associates or 4-year bachelor’s degree may be required. These jobs are an excellent fit for detail-oriented candidates with excellent communication skills and compassion for patients.  

Medical Admin

medical adminOn the non-clinical side are Medical Administrators. These critical workers oversee the front desk, scheduling patient appointments, taking insurance information, updating records and charts, answering phones, sending out lab results, ordering supplies, and checking-in patients. These jobs are perfect for anyone who prefers office work over clinical duties but still loves the healthcare field. 

Again, a GED is required in order to apply for work as a Medical Admin, but the requirements will vary depending upon the employer. No licensure is required for this type of work, but an understanding of medical terminology, strength with office technology, knowledge of insurance, and excellent interpersonal communication skills are the kinds of skills required to be a successful Medical Admin. 

Call Center Representative 

call centerThe task of a Call Center Representative is to engage patients over the phone. You’d likely be amazed how many questions can be answered over the phone. Details about prescriptions, office hours, test results, and other information are all in the wheelhouse of the Call Center Representative. At a more advanced level, this kind of role might involve resolving patient insurance claims, answering questions related to medical benefits, and directing patients to specialists when needed.

As far as education is concerned, a GED is required to be a Call Center Representative. But employers may want further secondary education. No licensing is required to obtain this position. Communication skills are really a must. Since the interactions between patient and representative are not face-to-face, tone and active listening are essential qualities for work in the Call Center. A great deal of patience will go a long way, as well. 

Practice Manager 

practice managerThe role of a Practice Manager is to oversee the day-to-day operations of a healthcare office, as well as strategic planning for the future. This leader usually manages a small or large physician’s office. Duties include scheduling, record-keeping, staffing, budgeting, and making sure the practice is in compliance with national and state healthcare regulations. Strategic planning and marketing may also fall under the purview of the Practice Manager. 

Unlike the previous positions on this list, a post-secondary degree and certifications in healthcare management are typically required. These prepare a candidate with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful. Candidates with commensurate experience, excellent communication skills, the ability to multitask, and the ability to work in a fast-paced, sometimes high-stress, environment are ideal for this position. 

Phlebotomist 

phlebotomistThe job of the Phlebotomist is to draw blood for use in tests, research, and donations. It’s a specialized skill specifically because it involves the correct placement of needles in veins. It also demands a good degree of interpersonal skills to help the patient remain calm. The reason Phlebotomists don’t fall under the banner of Medical Assistant is because of this highly specialized skill set. While Medical Assistants provide injections like vaccines, the sole role of the Phlebotomist is to draw blood. 

Therefore, any candidate looking to become a Phlebotomist is required to go through a phlebotomy program, available at tech schools, vocational high schools, and community colleges. Some employers will train a Phlebotomist on the job, while others require formal licensing and education. A steady hand and temperament are necessary here.

At Moore Staffing Services, we understand what it takes to make it in the healthcare field. We’re here to support talented candidates, like you, who have a passion for healthcare in finding meaningful work. If you live in the Merrimack Valley Region and you’re looking for a job in this rewarding field, call 978 682 4994. Let us help you Get Moore out of your career!

Ways to Support Small Businesses Safely

Ways to Support Small Businesses Safely

It is no secret businesses are experiencing trying times due to the current state of the world. Small businesses, in particular, will face particularly challenging obstacles. As a supporter of small business and one ourselves, Moore Staffing has put together a list of ways to support your favorite small businesses without leaving the house.

  1. Practice Social Distancing
    • STAY HOME, if you can. Many small businesses have a limited number of employees. Infecting one of their workers could spread it to the entire organization very quickly. They will then be out of production far longer than they would be if their employees remain healthy and safe.
  2. Shop online.
    • Some small businesses offer substantial opportunities to do business with them online. Using this platform is a safe way to keep a distance but also engage with your favorite small business
  3. Rate Them
    • Take 5 minutes to give your favorite small businesses a 5 start review online. Not only will this entertain you for 5 minutes, it will really help these businesses get the exposure they deserve. Spread positivity!
  4. Schedule Online Sessions or Communication
    • The service sector of small businesses will be hit with unexplored challenges the hardest. Give them a call! See what innovations you can create with them to extend their services virtually. This is especially great for particular therapies.
  5. Gift Cards
    • If you think you would have visited their store in these weeks when social distancing has been in place, buy a gift card for yourself. It’s a great “treat yourself, self-love” gift and you can definitely use it in the future.
  6. Order In
    • Ordering in is a great way to still get that deliciousness and support your local restaurants.
  7. Online Donations
    • This is geared more towards charities and nonprofits, many of which have had to cancel events this upcoming spring. They work tremendously to help those in need and would appreciate your support from home.
  8. Like and Share
    • Social media is a powerful thing. Help spread the word by liking and sharing businesses posts. You may help a friend and the business at the same time by sharing information.
Viral Change and Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

Viral Change and Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

Viral Change and Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

“In life, we don’t always control what happens to us, but we can always control our reaction” –Anonymous

With the momentous events happening in the world today, that collectively affect us all, this quote stuck out to us at Moore Staffing. From the aggregate world, to specific countries, companies and individual themselves, we cannot always control what happens to us but we can control our reaction.

Its no secret the Corona virus has spread fear among the world as the most recent pandemic. It has changed the world in mere months and rightfully so. While much of this change has been global fear, severe stock market fluctuations and sudden restrictions, not all of the changes to come out of this sickness are negative.

Having contact with so many innovative and inspiring companies, Moore Staffing has been able to see the incredible adjustments being made for our workforce to be safer. Here are a few innovations:

  • Working from Home

*A few companies have set specific days to test the productivity of all staff working from home. While this was always an option to test, presenting the challenge of the virus inspired the company to adjust its status quo. If successful, this company has the potential to adjust its business model and reallocate office costs to another area of business.

  • Virtual Communication

*Another company is using this opportunity to conference virtually rather than in person with their fellow business partners. While it may seem like an inconvenience, this will be a great test for the institution to evaluate how successful their video conferencing is versus in person meetings. If more efficient, this will cut travel costs for the company and give employees back time in the day that would have otherwise been used for traveling. Meetings with business partners would also become more convenient making scheduling more flexible.

Here at Moore Staffing, we are committed to supplying solutions to current staffing challenges. With the Corona virus in full swing, we have asked ourselves, what can we do to better support our clients solve their problems?

  • In short, we aim to provide seamless support no matter where we are working from, whether it be home or the office.
  • We have dedicated ourselves to effective communication and provide employers multiple ways to interview their potential employees. With less people walking through our clients’ doors and instead, specific, exemplary candidates being offered, we aim to protect and limit exposure to the virus.
  • Above all, we hope to diminish panic and ensure that Moore Staffing has remained status quo and will step in to assist businesses remain confident amid the struggles.

 

Here are a few ideas for businesses to try:

*Limit communal eating areas

*Test working from home abilities

*Invest in video conferencing

*Limit communal technology usage

*Limit required travel for employees

 

Here are a few ideas for individuals to try:

*Wash your hands! (Not all hand sanitizers meet the standards)

*Be sure to wash food, even if it has a peel

*Limit contact with people

*Stay home if you feel sick

*Make it a point to communicate more if working from home

*Avoid touching face

*Vet your sources

Necessary Nurses

Necessary Nurses

Necessary Nurses

 

There is a high demand for registered nurses today, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for registered nurses is predicted to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than other average occupations. This prediction is based on many contributing factors including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services for the baby-boom population.

The financial burden of hospitals having to release patients quickly may result in a higher need for RNs in long-term care facilities, outpatient care centers, and for Home Care Nurses versus other nursing specialties.

Although RNs are in high demand, there has also been an increase in new nurses entering the labor market which means that there may still be some competition for various nursing jobs.

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Are you a Nurse?

Here are 3 companies in the Greater Boston area offering discounts to all nurses with valid work ID.

 

Chipotle: Nurses, mark your calendars for June 5. With a work ID, get a buy-one-get-one-free on burritos, bowls, salads, and orders of tacos.

Cinnabon: Through May 12, nurses get one free Cinnabon Classic Roll, MiniBon Roll or a four-count BonBites when they show their badge at participating locations.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Through Saturday, show your medical ID or wear your scrubs for a free fountain drink or cookie with the purchase of a sandwich or salad. Limited to one per customer.

 

*Sources from USA Today & Bureau of Labor Statistics