Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Medical Assistant I - Clinic-Peds-South Bay Float Pool (0.5 FTE, Days) in Palo Alto, California

Clinical Services

0.5 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shifts, Float to multiple clinics, willbe stationed in Palo Alto

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the heart and soul of Stanford Children’s Health. Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, our 311-bed hospital is devoted entirely to pediatrics and obstetrics. Our six centers of excellence provide comprehensive services and deep expertise in key obstetric and pediatric areas: brain & behavior, cancer, heart, pregnancy & newborn, pulmonary and transplant. We also provide an additional, wide range of services for babies, kids and pregnant moms.

Medical Assistant I is the entry, developmental and first working level of the Medical Assistant Job Family. Under general supervision in an outpatient clinical setting, the medical assistant performs a variety of routine administrative, clerical and technical supportive services to assist medical and nursing staff in the examination and treatment of patients. Assists with direct patient care procedures and related tasks and performs medical procedures of a routine nature, as dictated by established clinical procedures. Responsible for clinical duties such as taking vital signs, giving injections, transporting medications, performing simple diagnostic tests, collecting specimens, drawing blood, sterilizing and cleaning equipment and maintaining examination rooms and supplies. Works under the clinical supervision of a licensed physician or as delegated by the physician for patient care activities, and under the general direction of the designated manager/supervisor. May also be responsible for some administrative duties.

Essential Functions

  • Escorts patient to exam room, measures and records vital signs, documents medication, and reconciles medications by history

  • Prepares patient examination rooms prior to the visit to ensure that proper equipment and supplies are set-up for examinations, required procedures, and/or treatments. Cleans exam room following visits.

  • Performs procedures, such as phlebotomy, venipuncture, sterile dressing changes, and suture removal following established procedures. Prepares patient for examination or treatment and performs routine screening tests.

  • Assists physicians/providers with sterile and non-sterile procedure set-ups, patient procedures and examinations. Administers medication by intradermal, subcutaneous, or intramuscular injections, performs skin tests, venipunctures and other technical supportive services upon the specific authorization and supervision of a licensed physician or nurse. Administers medication following approved procedures and only after verification of medication and dosage by a licensed person.

  • Provides patient education and explains treatment procedures to patients.

  • Performs routine examination and treatment procedures and include: applying and removing bandages and dressings, removing sutures and casts, cleaning wounds and applying medications and dressings, performing ear lavage, preparing patients for examinations, shaving, and disinfecting treatment sites.

  • Pick up medications from Pharmacy; receive medication deliveries from Pharmacy. Per department-specific policy, may place medications into secure storage, including the correct storage location and temperature; return medications to Pharmacy or prepare medications for return to Pharmacy via courier. Processes requests for prescription refills according to established practice.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the need for secure storage of medications, Demonstrates knowledge of the correct temperature at which to store drugs, how to identify the correct storage temperature for individual drugs, the procedure to follow for monitoring storage temperatures and actions to take when the temperatures are out of range.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of growth and development principles, when gathering data and communicating with infants, toddlers, school age, and adolescent patients - including knowledge of normal vital signs, general appearance, signs/symptoms of abuse/neglect activity, and mobility.

  • Performs the following procedures as directed by Registered Nurse (RN)/Nurse Practitioner (NP)/ Physician (MD) and records in the medical chart: Audiometric and vision screening, Non-sterile dressing removal and/or specialty specific procedures (i.e. removing splints, crutch fitting)

  • Collects and sends specimens to hospital laboratory/appropriate labs for testing per procedure. Follows guidelines for proper handling of specimens for transport. Provides and documents point of care testing.

  • Reports patient’s concerns and symptoms, reactions, changes (appropriate to age) to licensed clinic personnel. Documents clinical information, including patient phone calls and maintains accurate and complete patient documentation according to medical profession standards;

  • Prepares the necessary equipment and supplies for exam. Maintains inventory of supplies in examination rooms, replenish as required. Maintains clean and orderly exam rooms, hallways and work areas.

  • Takes patient’s messages and provides directions/instructions to patients according to physician orders and established guidelines; problem-solves patient issues.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education:High School diploma or equivalent. Completion of all requirements in a recognized Medical Assistant training program or equivalent completion of the minimal training requirements as outlined in section 1366 of the Business and Professions Code.


Licensure/Certification:Basic Life Support certification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

  • Knowledge of medical terminology.

  • Knowledge of and/or ability to use the equipment defined in the Equipment Competency listing, including code cart, tube system, nurse call box, emergency masks, One-Way Valve for Basic Life Support, suction devices, automatic BP machine, infant and standing scales, wheelchairs, gurneys, exam table, thermometers, FAX machine, audiometer, tympanogram, portable oxygen tanks and automated dispensing cabinet for medications.

  • Knowledge of inventory management practices.

  • Knowledge of basic process improvement principles.

  • Ability to respond in the event of a medical emergency, including BLS, immediate notification of RN/NP/MD, and access of emergency paging system.

  • Ability to educate patients and/or families as to the nature of disease and to provide instruction on proper care and treatment.

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and handle a high volume of interactions (phones, patients, etc.)

  • Ability to perform standard clinical procedures according to established protocols.

  • Ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to deal with diverse patient/family interactions.

  • Ability to recognize and communicate problems promptly.

  • Knowledge of computer systems and software used in functional area.

  • Ability to demonstrate customer service skills in interactions with all patients, families and staff, including high volume and stressful situations.

  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, work independently and meet deadlines.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability. Women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.