Maybe you could tell me what MAs do. I've not worked with MAs before, but would have if I had accepted the job offer from the OB/GYN office.
Here are some of the things I do during my work day. I'll just sort of rattle them off as they come to mind. I'm a LPN working in a Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery practice. On clinic days (days patients come in for appts.), I pretty much weigh them, do vital signs, listen to lungs heart, review medications, any problems they may have, remove surgical dressings, sutures, etc. If they are new patients, I get as much of their H&P as possible. Other duties include being sure lab results, etc. are on the chart for their appt., phoning in medication to the pharmacy, making decisions re: medications as far as side effects, dosages based on lab results, etc. All under the supervision of a RN at the satellite office as our docs are in surgery most days all day. Really, you learn their standard protocol after a while regarding certain matters. Sometimes my duties include office work such as requesting diagnostic procedures (Includes ICD-9 codes, procedure codes, etc.), scheduling surgeries, back to work letters, taking patient triage calls, calls from home health nurses. I order most of the medical supplies. Generally open all the mail. Assist with in office procedures such as thoracentesis, endovenous laser therapy, prepare nerve block injection meds, culture wounds, assist with bil. venous dopplers. I'm sure as the practice grows, my job will be more of the nursing related duties where right now, I sort of do some of the office type duties as well. I have given meds through a J-tube, but this was a rare occasion in a office setting.
I'd say the biggest part of my job is patient telephone triage and clinic days.
Anyone who would flame you should just chill. :- ) Sometimes there are just too many of us women working in one place. :-P I worked for 8 yrs. in long term care and I can't begin to tell you how valuable the CNAs were with regard to patient care and recognizing if the resident was having problems. They knew the residents better than anyone. In most cases anyway.