Hi, interesting how long this discussion has been active and sparked renewed interest over and over again. For the sake of this threat, let me say just this:
There are highly trained people in every healthcare delivery profession, including RNs, that are walking time bombs and could be described as a threat to patient safety, ignorant, and instilling enough fear in coworkers, to wish to do something about it.
Let me give a "real life" example:
Very recently a longstanding RN made nationwide headlines. Without having to mention her name, I am certain you must have heard about the case that was brought before the court in Springfield, Massachusetts! She sent to prison for the rest of her life for illegally injecting several patients with epinephrine and killing a number of them at the VA hospital where she worked.
If anyone hasn't here is an URL where you can real all about it: http://www.gazettenet.com/gilbertcase/
Who knows...perhaps in this particular case, her victims (the patients AND numerous family members!) would have gladly accepted and benefitted from being cared for by a well trained, honest, and caring certified medical assistant instead of a dishonest, selfish, ignorant, perhaps poorly trained RN and still be alive.
Everybody knows, that certified medical assistants ARE well trained and DO KNOW how to follow a medication order, check the label three times, and follow the Six Rights of a Patient when administering drugs! This is my opinoin regarding CMAs as a threat to patient safety..By the way, this is not only my opinion, I also AM a CMA!
Danni R. CMA
Founder of the Advanced Medical Assistant of Amercica