I recently became a certified medical assistant and am having a terrible time of finding a job. Every hospital in my area accepts only licensed nurses (lvn's and rn's) and every other job posting is for cna's. I am not sure the rules but since technically, I work the same things as an lvn, can I challenge the cna board at least? I can't find anything on the state board website. I know I can't challenge the lvn but need a job..even if it means being a cna until our town catches up with the rest of the country and acknowledges that a CMA is a good thing. Help!
Jul 27, '08
In some states (whether it should happen or not is irrelevant, the point is it does) LPN/CMA are hired equally for physician practices. Job postings state LPN OR CMA needed. They do the same tasks - from education to injections to assisting in procedures to telephone triage. An LPN goes through a 10 month program, a CMA goes through a 12-18 month program. The difference is the rationale. There is a lot more education given for an LPN course whereas a CMA has a more more hands-on and technical component.
Last edit by VivaLasViejas on Jul 27, '08
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