I tend to keep my finger on the pulse of new(er) trends.
This subject is something I've alluded to before, yet now I am even more convinced it may become reality.
My state--a west coast state--recently (last year) redefined the scope of practice for MA's to include much of what RN's are responsible for, based on a new tiered level of education and certifications. Colleges have jumped on the bandwagon to develop intense MA programs to fill the need.
At one time, MA's were relegated mostly to Dr.'s offices (which used to be the domain of RN's). That may not be the case much longer, if the trending continues.
I was just speaking with a fellow student from a math class, who is pursuing her MA. One of our college's nursing program professors is apparently steering potential nursing candidates (friends of hers) away from the nursing program on the QT. She stated, "Now that the scope of practice for MA's has been legally expanded, the hospital is looking to integrate MA's to fill the floors, instead of the more costly RN's."
Just sayin'. Research on your own, and draw your own conclusions.
OP: If you are referring to the new Washington State MA laws/regulations, why not just say so?? It's not a big secret! I reviewed the new laws/regulations and do not find them to be as draconian as suggested. The scope of practice, even for a MA-certified, would hardly allow an MA to walk in and take over a floor RN's position. The new laws do, however, provide little incentive for anyone to hire an RN for office practice. CMAs will most likely increasingly dominate office practice.
Has the new legislation increased a CMA's marketability for office practice? Yep. Has it increased a CMA's marketability as a hospital RN replacement? Not as currently written. Hospitals may become interested in CMAs as adjuncts, but the current law would not allow them to function as RN substitutes on the hospital floor.
But I do agree with the advice to stay tuned for further changes!
Last edit by sueall on Sep 24, '13