I work as a coordinator in a very small ob/gyn clinic. Ambulatory care is new to me as I've worked inpatient for 20 years. I'm trying to get the clinic to run more efficiently and wondering what sorts of job responsibilities you have the MA vs. RN do? Who does the rooming? What sorts of education do your nurses do? I do the triage calls, prior auths and day to day operations to make sure the clinic runs smoothly as well as learning what each employee does so I can fill in when we are short.
Apr 8, '17
Hello, I have worked ambulatory care in the past. The MAs did the rooming and such things as immunizations, vital signs, etc. RNs did the triage, phone calls, and injectable meds such as pain meds, steroids etc. RNs would also room patients if an MA was not available. Hope this helps.
Apr 10, '17
Pretty much what DistrictNurse said, we do the simple things, charting, vital signs and such, but it also depends on your state. I live in Texas and as such anything a nurse can do I can do if I get the training for it from a physician or a NP, I can do medications and injections of any kind as well, but it has to be under a supervision of a NP or physician. Most doctor's office I worked at had MA and Nurses doing the same things. As I said, it highly depends on the state.
Apr 10, '17
In our offices, same as district 9. Rnsmainly do phone triage and prenatal nursing intakes.
Apr 13, '17
OP - are you a nurse? Telephone triage should be done by someone with a clinical background.
Dec 1, '17
This is an older thread but at Kaiser, I (RN) do advise calls, telephone triage, NST's, all teaching, and then fill in anywhere else. LVN's do injections and procedures. MA's do all the rooming, routine appointment booking, small in room procedure assists and simple calls. Hope that helps.
Hello! At the clinic where I work, we (RNs, LPNs and MAs) all do pretty much the same thing. Of course there are some things that I can do that the LPNs and MAs can't unless they're certified, like starting IVs, but we all room patients, do vitals, give immunizations, answer questions, report to our doctors, etc. We do have a couple of CNAs as well, who are there to help us get patients in rooms and do vitals, but it isn't just up to them to get our patients roomed and ready for the doctor.