hello all...i am in my last quarter of lpn school. 7 more weeks-but who's counting?? i am currently doing a rotation through a pediatrician's office. on my first day, the office manager was telling me about a "typical" day and letting me know who i would be working with. she then stated that the nurse would be there shortly, as she was running a little behind. when i asked her about the nurse-if she was rn/lpn, she said "oh, she's a medical assistant-we just call her our nurse". i was slightly insulted. then i met the"nurse". really nice, very personable. everyone in the office refers to her as the nurse. even herself-and her patients. she even has a personalized frame on her desk that reads "Nurse @#$&%#" so-i am supposed to be working with this "nurse". and the doctor is my preceptor. all i am doing there is rooming patients and taking vital signs while the "nurse" gives all the injections, administers the medications, wound care, etc... while i do the "grunt work". i want a challenge-i want to learn. and i want to say something to this M.A. that represents herself as a nurse. is there a polite way to address this to the M.A.? i am going to try speaking with the head of the nursing department and see if i can be moved to a different clinical site-but in case i get stuck there...what do i do? any input would be greatly appreciated!
Apr 19, '07
Go to your instructor and tell her/him that you have been assigned to and are being supervised by an unlicensed medical assistant that imposters as a nurse. What this person is doing can get her put in jail in some states, jeopardize the school and your future. You have an obligation to say something and possibly report this to your state board of nursing. Your school has an obligation to check the credentials of those that supervise you at clinicals and they obviously did not. Hope you work things out. Good Luck
Last edit by loricatus on Apr 19, '07
Apr 20, '07
I hope it works out for you. the thing i don't get is how is this girl a nurse when no where in her title it says nurse it says medical assistant and as a medical assistant you assist the doctor's and nurses within the office at least thats what i have learned in my Medical assistant classes. In NY state where I'm taking MA classes we learn how to give injections in pharmacology but where not allowed to actually give the injections and we also learn how to draw blood and learn how to do some lab tests that the MA might have to do in the office.
Last edit by firstaiddave907 on Apr 20, '07