My friend was recently fired from her job as a cma because she read to a patient about a medicine over the phone that she was already taking and telling her what the medicine was prescribed for by a different dr then she worked for because the dr she worked for was unavailable a the time and she told the patient that the dr she worked for would call her as soon as she got ahold of her.She did not tell the patient to take the medicine or not to take the medicine just read what it said in the physician medicine book about the medicine.The office manager told her she was practicing medicine.I don't think she was and I know she would ever do anything on purpose.So my question is can she legally be fired for just that.
May 12, '13
by llg, BSN, MSN, PhD Guide
It may or may not be considered "practicing medicine," but it is certainly "educating patients about their medication" -- and I suspect that educational function is beyond the job description of your friend. In addition, the patient education occurred outside the context of an office visit and was based on your friend's independent judgment of the patient's situation, not on a physician's order. She is probably neither qualified nor authorized to make such an independent judgment.
It was really wrong for her to do what she did and her employer was correct in disciplining her. Whether she should have been fired or not is a judgment call that should have been made on the basis of the bigger picture of her overall performance, history, etc.
Last edit by llg on May 12, '13