6 Personality Traits that are Great for a Medical Assisting Career
Steve Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”1 Having a job is one of those things everyone has to do to pay the bills – but what if you could find a job that fit your personality and that you loved to do? If you’ve been looking for a rewarding career focused on helping others – medical assisting could be the job for you. Here are six essential traits to being a medical assistant – do they describe you?
Compassion: Patients are often scared of the procedures and treatments they’re undergoing and they’ll look to you to make them feel safe and secure. Do you have empathy for others? Then, you might make a great medical assistant.
Integrity: You need to treat your patients with respect and dignity and fiercely guard their privacy and their medical histories. You also need to develop a bond of trust with your patients and the other medical personnel you work with. Everyone needs to believe that you can do your job with professionalism and skill and that your top priority is the welfare of your patients.
Communication: If you want to be a great medical assistant, you need to know how to communicate well. Through medical terminology classes and hands-on training, American National University’s medical assisting degree can prepare you to explain treatment and care to your patients and listen to their concerns. In your externship – you will get firsthand experience in listening and responding to doctors and nurses to be sure you’re doing all you can to help your patients get well.
Teamwork: Effective healthcare today requires a team approach. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement calls team-based care an integral part of care that is important for both the patients and providers.2 Working alongside a close-knit faculty, staff, and peers at ANU will give you the community setting you need to put into practice the care and compassion you will exercise in working with patients and your medical team. Are you a good team player, willing to put your patient’s needs first? That’s just the attitude it takes to be an awesome medical assistant!
Attention to detail: Lives sometimes depend on what you do as a medical assistant. That’s why it is imperative for you to be thorough in all your tasks and have a fine attention to detail. American National University will train you in how to take accurate medical histories and provide reliable information about your patients to everyone on the healthcare team. Our career-experienced instructors will show you how to double and triple check medications and patient treatment guidelines so no mistakes are made.
Adaptability: The healthcare environment is busy and always changing; you need to be able to change with it. As you learn to juggle school, work, and family in your program at ANU, you will also be learning how to shift priorities and quickly adapt to your patients’ needs in your career. And American National University offers refresher courses at no additional cost for the extent of your career – so anytime you need to brush-up on your skills, you can come back to ANU and keep your knowledge fresh.
Can you think of any other traits you’ll need to be an excellent medical assistant? Let us know! At American National University, we’d love to help you build upon the qualities and traits you already possess to find a career that will fit you. Check out our Medical Assisting associate’s degree program to learn more now.
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