St. Luke's Hospital
The Ophthalmology Assistant, under the medical direction of the Ophthalmologist (MD), assists the ophthalmologist by performing tasks, collecting data, administering treatments as ordered and supervising patients. Takes patient history, administers tests and evaluations, takes eye measurements for the purpose of diagnosis, and performs related clinical support. Assists and accompanies physician throughout the patient evaluation in order to efficiently and accurately document the patient physical examination.
Education: Completion of an approved training program for Ophthalmology Assistant or (see Experience).
Experience: If not a graduate of an approved training program for Ophthalmology Assistant, requires at least one (1) year of related experience working as an assistant in an Ophthalmology setting.
Licensure/Certification/Registration: Certified Ophthalmology Technician, Certified Ophthalmology Assistant, or Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist within 120 days of hire.
Within ninety (90) days of hire, BLS Certification with a designation of either BLS Provider or Healthcare Provider from either the American Heart Association or American Red or Military Training Network. Wisconsin Background Study upon hire and renewed per Wisconsin state law.
Experience: Previous experience as a Medical Scribe or Ophthalmology Assistant with scribing experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the basic structure and function of the eye, history taking, visual acuity testing, clinical chart documentation, anatomy and physiology of the retina, basic ophthalmic pharmacology, basic retinoscopy, fundus photography, slit lamp operation and telephone triage in an ophthalmic practice. Knowledge of supplies, instruments and equipment used in office-based ophthalmology. Ability to present a professional image and understand and carry out instructions by medical staff. Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to work with indirect supervision and accept personal responsibility. Ability to provide service in a courteous and tactful manner. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to perform basic computer keyboarding and answer the telephone.
READING - Intermediate: Ability to read and interpret documents such as operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
WRITING - Intermediate: Ability to write routine reports, correspondence, or procedures.
SPEAKING - Intermediate: Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one, small group situations or before groups of customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS - Basic Skills: Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.
REASONING ABILITY - Intermediate Skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
AGE SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES - Skilled at assessment and knowledgeable of growth and development. Provides appropriate care respective to the ages of the patients served per clinical environment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND ENVIRONMENT
Ability to meet the physical demands of an ophthalmology clinic practice, including the ability to see, hear, walk, write legibly, speak English, stand and work greater than eight (8) hours per day
Stand - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)
Walk - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)
Sit - Frequently 1/3 to 2/3 (2.5 5.5 hours)
Use hands to finger, handle, or feel - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)
Reach with hands and arms - Frequently 1/3 to 2/3 (2.5 5.5 hours)
Stoop, Squat, Kneel, or Crouch - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)
Bending-repetitive forward - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)
Talk or hear - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)
Up to 10 pounds - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 8 hours)
Up to 25 pounds - Frequently 1/3 to 2/3 (2.5 5.5 hours)
Up to 35 pounds - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)
Typical Noise Level - Moderate noise (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic)
Works in an office-based clinic setting. May be exposed to risk of exposure to blood borne disease. May be exposed to electrical and mechanical hazards from office equipment. May be exposed to unpleasant patient elements.