Medical administrative office assistants and medical administrative specialists are a type of medical assistant that performs many of the same duties as medical administrative assistants. They answer phones, greet patients, schedule appointments, and handle correspondence, medical billing, and bookkeeping. These professionals are also responsible for updating and filing patients’ medical records, arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services, and filling out insurance forms.

California LVN to RN Careers

January 23, 2014

Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) or “vocational nurses” care for the sick, injured, elderly, or disabled under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or physician. At some point in their careers, many LVNs set out to become registered nurses (RNs) either for higher pay, more responsibility, better job opportunities, or all of the above. For example, many LVNs work primarily in nursing homes, home health care, or doctor’s offices providing basic care.

Clinical medical assistants perform many of the “clinical” duties other medical assistants, such as administrative medical assistants, typically do not. They record vital signs, prepare patients for examinations, draw blood, take electrocardiograms, perform laboratory tests, assist physicians during examinations, change dressings, authorize drug refills, sterilize medical instruments, and more. Clinical medical assistants work in hospitals and clinics, as well as private and group practices.

An Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) prepares students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse (RN). Much like RNs with higher level degrees, registered nurses holding an ADN typically work in hospitals, offices of physicians, home health care services, nursing care facilities, and outpatient care centers. However, they may not be considered for higher level positions such as administrative and leadership positions, nurse education or management.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient healing system that incorporates  a variety of therapies that are in some cases “millennia older,” says Dr. Andrew Weil. One of its guiding principles, Weil says, is to “dispel evil and support the good.” More than 2,000 years old, TCM also focuses on “strengthening the body's defenses and enhancing its capacity for healing and to maintain health”—in addition to treating illness.

The American Dental Association defines prosthodontics as “the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.” Prosthodontists work with patients of all ages, but a typical patient is an adult with complex restorative needs, oral disease, and other serious treatment needs.

According to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), Oriental medicine combines the practice of acupuncture, Asian bodywork therapy, and Chinese herbology to create a “comprehensive health care system encompassing a variety of traditional therapies that have been used for (thousands of) years to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being.” Professionals in this field work in a variety of environments from group medical practices to hospitals to private practices.

Massage therapy dates to ancient times when it was used as an effective therapy for war and sports injuries in China, India, Persia, Arabia, Greece, and Egypt. In China, it was also used to treat paralysis, chills, and fever.

Massage therapists use their hands, elbows, forearms, and instruments such as rollers to manipulate the body’s soft tissue for anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Japanese medicine is a highly specialized field that uses a variety of traditional Japanese treatments and techniques to help  heal and treat patients. While this type of medicine may be useful for all types of patients of any age, it is considered particularly useful for treating sensitive patients, children, and the elderly. Traditional types of Japanese treatments include Hari (Japanese Acupuncture), Okyu (Moxibustion Heat Therapy), Shiatsu/Anma (Medical Body Work), and Kampo (Japanese Herbal Medicine).

Integrative clinical medicine is a combination of Eastern and Western medical sciences. Specialists in this field consider both Eastern and Western approaches to the treatment, prevention, and diagnosis of diseases and conditions, as well as standards of care.

Integrative clinical medicine specialists  belong to one of the largest occupations in the U.S.— “Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations.” While the nations more than 7.5 million healthcare practitioners work in all medical environments across the U.S., the highest population can be found in California.

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