Quote from ruralgirl08
OMG, I cannot believe this is allowed?! This undermines the whole point of being a licensed skilled professional with a regulatory body to answer to. We have nurses out there wanting work, and unlicensed workers are allowed to be preforming regulated duties inside our scope of practice. Am I missing something here? IMO that's just wrong....would you want a butcher to do the job of a surgeon, because he is cheaper? I would also boycott that office for the principle.
Just remember, because nurses have something in their scope of practice doesn't mean that nurses own
that particular procedure/task/thing. Just because it isn't in a Nurse's scope doesn't mean that it isn't in someone else's either... Different states allow physicians to delegate tasks that nurses aren't allowed to delegate. It's very possible that a state may allow a Physician to delegate to a MA the task of injecting local anesthetics if
the Physician knows that the MA is appropriately trained and the Physician is able to supervise the MA in doing that task. I would imagine that if an issue with an MA comes up, the complaint would be lodged to the Medical Board for that state as MA's function directly under the Physician's license...
On the other hand, if you're not comfortable with the practices of that particular Physician's office, vote with your wallet and go someplace else.