NON-Nurses Giving Shots in MD Offices - page 2

by nyforlove

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I apologize if this already has been discussed elsewhere, but wanted to point out the following: I was in my MD's office for a physical and wanted two vaccines before international travel. The NON-nurse "medical... Read More


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    Quote from nyforlove
    Thanks for the reference, but you didn't make it to the second paragraph, to wit:

    "As unlicensed personnel in New York State, they cannot perform such tasks as preparing or administering medications or immunizations...."

    THE NY NURSE PRACTICE ACT RESTRICTS ADMINISTRATION OF MEDS TO RNs/LPNs, etc. A UAP cannot be "trained" on the job to, e.g., give shots, administer meds to wounds, etc...
    Are you sure this is for all areas? When the OB office that has OBs/Midwives that practice in our hospital, was privately owned the Medical Assistants could give shots...then the hospital bought the office and the office had to hire a nurse to give the shots...now that they OBs bought the practice back the Medical Assistants can give shots again.
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    Quote from HeartsOpenWide
    Are you sure this is for all areas? When the OB office that has OBs/Midwives that practice in our hospital, was privately owned the Medical Assistants could give shots...then the hospital bought the office and the office had to hire a nurse to give the shots...now that they OBs bought the practice back the Medical Assistants can give shots again.

    CAN they LEGALLY---or, is the small practice willing to risk the punishment that the hospital can't afford to risk with multi-million dollar liability insurance policies? Is the practice you refer to in NYState?
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    You're correct I missed the word immunizations.

    Quote from nyforlove
    Thanks for the reference, but you didn't make it to the second paragraph, to wit:

    "As unlicensed personnel in New York State, they cannot perform such tasks as preparing or administering medications or immunizations...."

    THE NY NURSE PRACTICE ACT RESTRICTS ADMINISTRATION OF MEDS TO RNs/LPNs, etc. A UAP cannot be "trained" on the job to, e.g., give shots, administer meds to wounds, etc...
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    Quote from nyforlove
    CAN they LEGALLY---or, is the small practice willing to risk the punishment that the hospital can't afford to risk with multi-million dollar liability insurance policies? Is the practice you refer to in NYState?
    No, this is California, which is very strict as well. Yes, they can LEGALLY give shots.
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    If you have any questions about what a medical assistant can and can not do in certain states they have a web site just like the NCBON it is called AAMA, the American association of Medical Assistants, and it is true that it is up to the office or Doctors due to the fact that they work under a MD's Licenses. There are diffrent rules for diffrent states just as there is in nursing. probably whent the hospital took over the offfice they were not allowed because CMA's or MA's are not hired in hospitals or Nursing Homes. Some MA's do not go to school but I did for two years to receive my associates Degree others are trained on the Job but are not certified, i had to take a test just like we take a test the NCLEX for our nursing licenses I even have a certification number and card showing that I am certified. Medical Assistants are paid more in Dr's offices than LPN's are in a hospital setting at least here in NC where an LPN makes about 13.50 an hour in the hospital and CMA's make between 15 and 16 dollars an hour in DR's offices I know it sounds crazy but I have both my CMA and LPN so that was the difference in my pay. That is why I work in Long term care and not in the hospiatal as an LPN, but check out this site to see if it answers some of your questions. Most that are not certified like I said recieve some type of training through the doctors office, our RAAAAD techs at the urgent care center and CNA's went to classes such as Phlebotomy and a class to give injections to be allowed to give them in the urgent care center so even a CNA caan be trained I know it is a scary thought but it is happening.
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    i am a nursing student, who will graduating soon as an rn but i have been a medical assistant for 10 years.... obliviously there are incompetent people everywhere (yes-there are even nurses and doctors that do things that are wrong) and that is s separate issue. if the particular medical assistant was doing something that was unsafe or incorrect, it should be handled & reported just as it would be if any other licensed practitioner were doing it. the issue that you have mentioned that it is illegal and not within the scope of practice for medical assistants to administer vaccines is incorrect (at least in the state of oh.)
    http://aamantl.org/employers/laws.aspx provides links to various state codes, ny is not specifically mentioned, but there is a link to send an inquiry to the aama executive director and staff legal counsel donald a. balasa, jd, mba, & he will respond to your query.
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    Quote from shec7272
    i am a nursing student, who will graduating soon as an rn but i have been a medical assistant for 10 years.... obliviously there are incompetent people everywhere (yes-there are even nurses and doctors that do things that are wrong) and that is s separate issue. if the particular medical assistant was doing something that was unsafe or incorrect, it should be handled & reported just as it would be if any other licensed practitioner were doing it. the issue that you have mentioned that it is illegal and not within the scope of practice for medical assistants to administer vaccines is incorrect (at least in the state of oh.)
    http://aamantl.org/employers/laws.aspx provides links to various state codes, ny is not specifically mentioned, but there is a link to send an inquiry to the aama executive director and staff legal counsel donald a. balasa, jd, mba, & he will respond to your query.
    thanks; based on the reference, it looks like ohio permits med administration by non-nurses as long as the md is "in the house"--curious what the ohio nurse practice acts says on the matter....
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    Quote from nyforlove
    I apologize if this already has been discussed elsewhere, but wanted to point out the following:

    I was in my MD's office for a physical and wanted two vaccines before international travel. The NON-nurse "medical assistant"--UNlicensed in NY--came in to administer the vaccines and I told her she was violating the law--she said she does it every day as part of her job! I told the MD I would get my vaccines elsewhere. Apparently this practice is rampant--at least here in NYC. MD Offices don't want to pay for patient safety by having a licensed nurse. ADMINISTRATION of medications is restricted BY LAW to licensed MDs, RNs/LPNs, and some others, but NOT "medical assistants." Have the Nursing Associations thought about cracking down on this? I do NOT think I'm being petty: administrating a medication--particularly, via injection--is serious stuff---in this case, she was going to use incorrect needles (assuming of course that she didn't plan on using the SAME needle for BOTH vaccines), amongst other errors...Upset about this. It's NOT brain surgery, but there are serious risks with all medications, which is why legally only specified licensed personnel may administer them. Your thoughts? Thanks.

    Medical Assistant give medications all of the time. If only nurses could give meds, group homes would be hurting as well as many clinics. How about EMTs or Paramedics-they are not nurses but give medications. hmmmm

    You need to look on the AAMA website and have a little more info about medical assistants , just my 2 cents....

    otessa
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    Quote from ONCRN84
    Depends on your state. If it's illegal in your state, bring it to someone's attention.

    In my state, MAs are licensed, go through training, and can give vaccines/draw blood/etc.

    That is the same in my state.

    otessa
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    Quote from Otessa
    Medical Assistant give medications all of the time. If only nurses could give meds, group homes would be hurting as well as many clinics. How about EMTs or Paramedics-they are not nurses but give medications. hmmmm

    You need to look on the AAMA website and have a little more info about medical assistants , just my 2 cents....

    otessa
    States have laws, regulations, etc. that SPECIFICALLY permit administration of meds by group-home workers, EMTs, dentists, etc....What we're looking at here is whether someone with no required education/training is allowed to administer potentially deadly substances in the body...imagine the "assistant" withdrawing too much vaccine---sure, even an MD can make a mistake, but it's a lot less likely where the person is educated/trained/authorized by law....


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