I Quit (Long Vent) - page 2

Several Months ago my Doc changed office's and employer (due to unforseen circumstance over his contract) I enjoyed working with/for him and was able to move with him. I AM A MEDICAL ASSISTANT. the... Read More

  1. by   LorraineCNA
    Quote from MUNCHKINgloria72
    I'm actually a "CQ" (CNA-QMA) I pass meds to 34-36 residents (they come and go). It was a readily attainable goal and I needed to do something different. I still do some CNA work. I still enjoy the "hands-on". I really don't have any foreseable goal. My sis is a veteran nurse (by that I don't mean the army) and she really likes it but I know it's a lot of responsibility and paperwork.

    There's nothing wrong with being a CMA. You will learn so much. PA can be harsh weatherwise so I can see your reservations. Enjoy your kids first. By the way I have two sons in PA, near Pittsburg.

    Take care Lorraine.
    I guess that was by big thing...to do something attainable. I was afraid that if I tried to go for nursing between the stress and the having to travel all the time with the weather, I'd get disgusted and give up. Plus, the fact that I would have had to have waited to get in because everywhere has waiting lists here. About two month after I started school I got an "invite" from the nursing school I applied to for an interview. I guess the more I come here and see the disparaging remarks about MA's, the more I doubt my decision, even though I know in my heart I'd have had a really hard time going the LPN route for the reasons I stated. LPN pay stinks here too, unless you go LTC.

    Wow, small world! I'm about 35-45 minutes outside of Pittsburgh myself!

    Lorraine
    CNA
    almost MA
  2. by   GLORIAmunchkin72
    Hang on to your raft Lorraine, the waters are still churning. Maybe something will come up that is suitable for us but in the meantime I am going to enjoy my husband, my kids and extendend family (and friends: between work and family there is very little time for anything else).
    Quote from LorraineCNA
    I guess that was by big thing...to do something attainable. I was afraid that if I tried to go for nursing between the stress and the having to travel all the time with the weather, I'd get disgusted and give up. Plus, the fact that I would have had to have waited to get in because everywhere has waiting lists here. About two month after I started school I got an "invite" from the nursing school I applied to for an interview. I guess the more I come here and see the disparaging remarks about MA's, the more I doubt my decision, even though I know in my heart I'd have had a really hard time going the LPN route for the reasons I stated. LPN pay stinks here too, unless you go LTC.

    Wow, small world! I'm about 35-45 minutes outside of Pittsburgh myself!

    Lorraine
    CNA
    almost MA
  3. by   KrisRNwannabe
    I am so sorry you had to quit your job. Hopefully your new position will be much better. I would also like to appaulde you. It has been discussed before that sometimes MAs like to work outside of their parameters and try and function as the nurse or even worse tell me they are the nurse. I am glad you are proud of being a MA and realize some skills are for nurses. If you love being a MA then stay one. doing what you love sometimes makes the day go by better. let us know how the new job is going!!
    Kris
  4. by   LorraineCNA
    Quote from MUNCHKINgloria72
    Hang on to your raft Lorraine, the waters are still churning. Maybe something will come up that is suitable for us but in the meantime I am going to enjoy my husband, my kids and extendend family (and friends: between work and family there is very little time for anything else).

    Amen to that! I told my husband I'll be glad to get to my externship so that I can actually have evenings that I don't have to spend studying. Go to work, come home and not have to be reciting medical terminology or anatomy in my brain while I'm doing laundry or cooking... Honestly, I lie in bed at night and term words are running through my head.

    Lorraine
    CNA
    almost MA
  5. by   ImAnMa
    Quote from KrisRNwannabe
    I am so sorry you had to quit your job. Hopefully your new position will be much better. I would also like to appaulde you. It has been discussed before that sometimes MAs like to work outside of their parameters and try and function as the nurse or even worse tell me they are the nurse. I am glad you are proud of being a MA and realize some skills are for nurses. If you love being a MA then stay one. doing what you love sometimes makes the day go by better. let us know how the new job is going!!
    Kris
    Thank you for your support. I start my new position on Wed of this week and i know the people and the Dr there so I know it will work out well for me there, I am happy being an MA and have untill this experience always worked with great nurses who were supportive so i never had any reason to pretend to be a nurse, if i wanted to be a nurse i have the knowledge and skill to be one and i could go to school.... of that i have no doubts its just not what i want to do ... there is room for both MA's and Nurses in a clinical setting and I know for a fact that they can work well together and help each other. Thank you for understanding that.
  6. by   winniewoman9060
    The RN's on the phone get fed up too..we have lost a lot of nurses where i work from many hours on the phone..doing 50 to 60 calls in the am and getting flack from both the patients, staff and md's when the patients do want to come in to be seen.i found after many years of trying to talk patients out of coming in it was just as easy for them to see the md..after all i was only the nurse(with 14 years in that job and 20 years as a rn)..i accepted a transfer to another department and the staff, patients, mds' all function as a big family..i am willing and able to work as a rn, secretary, technican. and all that needs to be done for the patients..as if it wasn't for them..we would not all have jobs..getting out sounds like the best thing for you too...I hope the new job is better
  7. by   GLORIAmunchkin72
    I think the answer is for us to be kind of one another, from the little minnow to the big fish we all have our problems. That is not to mean that we cannot voice LEGITIMATE concerns.
    Quote from winniewoman9060
    The RN's on the phone get fed up too..we have lost a lot of nurses where i work from many hours on the phone..doing 50 to 60 calls in the am and getting flack from both the patients, staff and md's when the patients do want to come in to be seen.i found after many years of trying to talk patients out of coming in it was just as easy for them to see the md..after all i was only the nurse(with 14 years in that job and 20 years as a rn)..i accepted a transfer to another department and the staff, patients, mds' all function as a big family..i am willing and able to work as a rn, secretary, technican. and all that needs to be done for the patients..as if it wasn't for them..we would not all have jobs..getting out sounds like the best thing for you too...I hope the new job is better
  8. by   nurseinmilo


    YOU MAY AS WELL BECOME A NURSE. YOU SOUND KNOWLEDGABLE AND YOU WILL HAVE A CLEAR DEFINITION OF SCOPE OF PRACTICE. HOWEVER IN DEFENSE OF NURSES ON THE PHONE, I MUST TELL YOU ABOUT A SITUATION I WAS IN...FIRST THE SCENERIO...I WORK ON A LONG TERM VENT UNIT WHICH ENTAILS EACH PT NOT ONLY TO BE ON A VENT....BUT USUALLY A GT, CATH, IV....ETC LEAVING THEM EXTREMELY SUSCEPTABLE TO VARIOUS INFECTIONS.....NOT TO MENTION PSCHYCO-SOCIAL PROBLEMS.. I AM A LPN (CHARGE) I PASS THE MEDS, DO THE TX'S, CHANGE THE FEEDINGS, RUN MY IV'S, ETC, AND CALL THE DOC. I WAS ON THE PHONE WITH A PHYSICIAN, AND MY CNA WAS NEEDING ASSISTANCE WITH A PT WHO NEEDED HIS TX DONE, WHICH I KNEW I WOULD BE DOING ASAP, HOWEVER THIS CNA WANTED TO TAKE HER LUNCH BREAK ( I USUALLY TAKE A WORKING LUNCH BREAK) AND WHILE I WAS ON THE PHONE WITH THE DOCTOR WE LOOK AT EACH OTHER AND I GESTURE TO HER JUST A MINUTE, SHE GESTURES BACK TO ME WITH A TAPPING ON HER WATCH, TO LET ME KNOW TO HURRY UP WITH MY PHONE CALL SO SHE COULD TAKE HER LUNCH!!!
  9. by   PHTLS
    Quote from MUNCHKINgloria72
    Holy Cow! If you know how to do all that why don't you become a nurse? The pay will be commensurate to the work.
    Heck ya. That's what I want to say :uhoh21:

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