"I'm an uncertified medical assistant" - page 6

I had a curious encounter at the doctor's office today. When I went in for my physical, a woman in scrubs came in ahead of the doc. She was wearing scrubs but no name tag. We hadn't met before, so I... Read More

  1. by   OgopogoLPN
    Quote from CRNASOMEDAY25
    I know three people who graduated from that school and they all refer to themselves as nurses.

    They just don't know. It's too bad I don't have any contact with them anymore.

    They graduate from a nine month program called "medical assisting" and DON'T KNOW that they are NOT A NURSE????

  2. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from Cattitude
    Please read the above...



    She stated she was, then when she saw the OP was going to NURSING school changed her tune. She knew.
    I'm done!:deadhorse :smackingf
    I didn't see that part .

    I just know in my experience, I was told by a recruiter at a MA school, that I would be a nurse if I finished their program and I have known three other people who seem to have gotten the same message.

    I get your point.
  3. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from TazziRN
    Then why did the chick change her tune when she realized who she was talking to??
    I didn't catch that the first time.
  4. by   Cattitude
    Quote from Ogopogo
    They graduate from a nine month program called "medical assisting" and DON'T KNOW that they are NOT A NURSE????

    Yea I know! I don't think I would want THEM drawing my blood .
    Seriously , how ignorant can you be? Oh here's graduation, here's your certificate that says Medical Assistant but your a nurse??? Caveat Emptor (sp), right?
    Last edit by Cattitude on Apr 11, '07
  5. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from Ogopogo
    They graduate from a nine month program called "medical assisting" and DON'T KNOW that they are NOT A NURSE????

    I guess not. Like I said, I let that golden oppotunity go.

    You'd be surprised what people don't seem to know. I have seen CNA's who swore they were nurses, which is why I don't ever want to see a nursing home again. Too may people there thought they held titles higher than what they did.
  6. by   TazziRN
    Quote from CRNASOMEDAY25
    I have seen CNA's who swore they were nurses, which is why I don't ever want to see a nursing home again. Too may people there thought they held titles higher than what they did.
    And why are the CNAs misleading but the OP's MA wasn't?
  7. by   OgopogoLPN
    I read on a non nursing message board that this girl is a "medical office assistant" (like I currently am), which is mostly reception/dest work.

    She said and I quote "we're like nurses, just not as qualified". Holy man. I'm not even in nursing school yet and did I ever light into her. NOT EVEN FREAKIN CLOSE TO A NURSE!!!!

    We went a few go rounds with posts, but I seriously think she didn't get it. She still thinks she's "almost like a nurse"
  8. by   RNOTODAY
    It really is sad. I have had conversations with many who were completely clueless. One girl said to me, after saying she was interested in the medical field: "Should I become a nurse first, or an LPN?" my reply: "Well, an LPN *is* a nurse" ... her: "Oh, it is? so should I "get my LPN" first, then go to Medical Assistant school?" me: ummmmm, no, if you were an LPN, you would have no reason to become an MA. Research the medical field a little more, and decide what you want to do"
    My point is, there are waaaaaaaayyyyy more people in this world with this lack of knowledge of what we as RN's, LPN's do, and what it takes to achieve those licenses. And you know what? Most doctors dont even care. To them, mostly anybody with scrubs who does things for them is a "nurse". Just as long as nobody confuses *their* title, they are all set. Its a losing battle. But, one by one, I will correct people when I come across it.
  9. by   RNOTODAY
    By the way, can someone even tell me the difference between an MA and a CNA? What can one do, that the other cant?
  10. by   TazziRN
    By training MAs can do things like venipuntures, give injections and some po meds, etc. CNAs cannot do anything intrusive.
  11. by   Altra
    Quote from RNOTODAY
    Most doctors dont even care. To them, mostly anybody with scrubs who does things for them is a "nurse". Just as long as nobody confuses *their* title, they are all set. Its a losing battle. But, one by one, I will correct people when I come across it.
    Agree. :stone But like you, I have no problem *educating* people when the subject arises.

    Quote from RNOTODAY
    By the way, can someone even tell me the difference between an MA and a CNA? What can one do, that the other cant?
    MA programs focus on functioning in an office setting and include training in office procedures - medical filing, ICD-9 coding, interfacing with insurance companies, etc.

    CNA training focuses on patient care in the acute, subacute and long-term care setting.
  12. by   CRNI-ICU20
    This MA, or whatever she was, was operating on the doctor's license. Whick is legal, but should she injure, maime, or harm a patient, it WILL be his neck....although, there are loopholes, as many others have stated....
    Misrepresenting yourself as a nurse when you aren't is impersonation. That is punishable by jail time. In some states, it carries a max penalty of 18 mos. and a fine. She might benefit from a letter warning her to not call herself a nurse....
    I have run into CNA's and MA's and Scrub Techs who have inferred in conversation that they were nurses....and then when I asked where they went to nursing school, they all balked....once they know the jig is up, they usually come clean....
    A name tag and title should be on all personnel in a busy dr.'s office....it's foolishness to not do so....
  13. by   katfishLPN
    Quote from RNOTODAY
    By the way, can someone even tell me the difference between an MA and a CNA? What can one do, that the other cant?
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    I would say it is so involved it should be on another thread:spin:

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