So...I've been working at my new clinic job for almost a month, and I have a few questions...
Most of the doctors have Medical Assistants working with them. I am the float nurse, so I will be helping everyone. I do a lot of calling Rx refills to the pharmacies. A few of the MA's don't even give the refill requests to the docs to approve. They say "he wants me to just go ahead and refill this stuff" when they are non-controlled meds. Is this legal? Ok?
The MA's in our clinic are not formally trained, but have been working as MAs for many years. They are very intelligent...but should they be giving medical advice to patients? They do everything nurses do (except give injections as my supervisor has denied this one to them). It just makes me wonder what the point of going to a 4 year nursing program
is if someone with no formal training is able to do the same things I am (for the most part).
Also...I occasionally get the calls from the patients telling me about their symptoms and asking whether or not they should come in for an appointment. Am I able to suggest treatments? For example, if a woman is having trouble sleeping d/t pain, can I recommend her to try some Tylenol PM or Benadryl? Or is this considered prescribing/ordering?
Thanks for your help...