A clinic aide is generally responsible for giving minor care, first aid and routine screening tests to those who visit the clinic either in a school or community setting.
Duties may Include:
- Dispensing adhesive bandages and ice for minor bumps and cuts
- Washing cuts and scrapes
- Bandaging wounds
- Dispensing over the counter medication
- Dispensing prescription medication per doctor's orders and nurse delegation
- Administering emergency first aid to asthmatics such as EpiPens and inhalers
- Caring for chronic health needs and medical conditions such as diabetes including injections
- Calling for additional medical help if emergency situations arise
- Hearing and vision screening as well as screening for lice or other parasites
- Counseling regarding hygiene
- Taking temperature and making judgments as to the severity of illness or injury
Administrative duties are also required of the clinic aide and may include:
- Record keeping and filing
- Immunization tracking
- Formal communication with parents or caregivers
- Regular visits with the supervising nurse and other administrative staff
- Reporting of child neglect or abuse
Training and Education
Clinic aids typically do not require more than a high school education.
Clinic aids are generally required to have the following training depending on your district or facility:
- Universal precautions – trains personnel in protective precautions to prevent passing infections, diseases or harm to themselves or others. This includes wearing masks and gloves as well as antiseptic procedures and disinfecting procedures as needed.
- Basic first aid
- Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
- Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
Clinic aides are not nurses and they must not represent themselves as nurses. In order for a clinic aide to dispense medication and care for visitors to their clinic, they must be under the supervision of a licensed nurse. The authority to dispense medication and perform certain duties must be delegated in writing by a nurse. The licensed nurse will check records and advise the clinic aide regarding practice and procedure. The supervising nurse will also train clinic aides in special procedures for specific students as needed. She will also write health care plans for specific individuals detailing the care that they are to receive.
Hours and Pay
Hours for clinic aides vary from place to place but clinic aides who work in a corporate or school environment are typically 20 to 40 hours a week and follow school or company hours.
The pay rate for clinic aides will also vary. A sampling of various school districts across the country reveals a pay rate from around $8 to $15 per hour. Benefits will depend on whether you are full or part time.