Medical assistants - page 2

by JenMarie21

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I am a Rn, BSN. I need advice PLEASE on my boyfriends mother who i have ran out of ideas in dealing with her politely. She is a medical assistant and thinks MA stands for medical advice. My problems are whenever i take my... Read More


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    Quote from tiredstudentmom
    I don't understand why so many folks let one bad example typify a whole group. One MA who goes way beyond her skills, education, etc, shouldn't overshadow all MA's. As with any profession, medical or otherwise, grouping all of one kind of person together only serves to demean all and is quite prejudiced.

    As to assist the OP w/ her situation, I really cannot say what you should do. However, discuss w/ her about what medical assistants actually do, their scope of practice so to speak. Not all MA's are certified/registered/licensed, but the ones who are do have a scope of practice. I was a Medical Assistant before nursing school...Let's not attack or put down a group of people because you never really know what has transpired in another person's life...Just a thought and my 2 cents...

    I agree with you completely. I don't view all MAs are like that. I would say most are good. Just the ones I know have the wrong idea. Particularly frustrating is when you know the local private college they went to misleads them throughout the whole program about boundaries, etc. That is all I was expressing.
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    All I have to say is if she treats you like this now-just wait. I've run from situations like this, although it sounds like you have a daughter with her son (right?) so it sounds like you will need to nip, nip, nip this from the get go.

    My MIL tried to run the show starting before our wedding and it was nipped by me right then-the controlling behavior and butting in when not wanted with unsubstantiated advice (advice given in love and with some knowledge behind I can handle :-) . I had the backing of my fiancee now husband of nearly 20 years. Playing nice with people doesn't always work-bluntness and sticking your ground may be your only saving grace with her.
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    Quote from JonM_RN
    Sounds pretty typical of the medical assistants I know, both in and out of work. Best advice would be to try and explain to her how her comments make you feel both as a mom and a professional RN, but that depends on how comfortable you are addressing her comments directly. Otherwise, learn how to roll with the punches and blow it off, lol. However, that was pretty rude and inappropriate of her to call your daughter's pediatrician, I mean that isn't even her grandaughter (I'm assuming here since you said boyfriend's mother), and for goodness sake you're a RN; seems to be a lack of respect for the profession and you.
    I was wondering about the grandma being able to call the grandaughter's MD-does she have permission to do this?? If not that MD office is in a LOT of trouble. If she has authorization-TAKE IT AWAY ASAP!

    Just what I would do.
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    Quote from Emergency RN
    Respect is very much a two way street. Obviously, she has very little for you as a nurse OR as a person. So...

    Tell her that if she does that again, you'll call her boss (where she got the samples, ie theft) AND the state and tell them that she's been practicing medicine (prescribing & dispensing) without a license and they can have her arrested. Of course, she may never speak to you again, but if that were the case, I don't think you'll be losing out on much anyway.
    Great idea-wish I would have thought of that
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    Sadly a lot of us have not had great experiences working with MAs period. I'm sure there are those who practice as they should, but often many want to be treated and called a nurse and act as one too...however, they do not want the responsibility associated with being a nurse. One I worked with said to me once, "h*ll no, I'd never be a NURSE!" when I asked her why she went the MA route when (without saying so), she wanted to be treated like an RN. She didn't want the liability, the NCLEX, the knowledge base needed.

    Now the MAs at my personal doc's office are great...never give out advice and just state they will run info by the doc and call back.
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    Wow, what a nutcase. What does boyfriend think of this? I can't imagine how she would be as a mother in law!!
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    Quote from Future NP-BC
    I agree with you completely. I don't view all MAs are like that. I would say most are good. Just the ones I know have the wrong idea. Particularly frustrating is when you know the local private college they went to misleads them throughout the whole program about boundaries, etc. That is all I was expressing.
    Yeah, I truly dislike how some educational institutions (some allegedly so! ) mislead in the name of financial gain. Guess we need to be thankful for the professionals (MA's, Nurses, etc) that are conscientious and do an awesome job everyday!
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