MA saying she's "the same as an RN" - page 12

At my job, we are offered classes each month for our CEU's as LNA's. We were at one the other day for some psych training, and we were asked what we wanted to be doing in 5 years. Myself and... Read More

  1. by   medsurgnurse
    I just want to make a small general correction. A person does not "get my RN". A person goes to Nursing School. If one graduates then he/she is eligible to take NCLEX-RN. After passing this NCLEX-RN a person can then call theirself an RN. You can not "get an RN." RN is not sold at Walmart or Ebay. If a person is going to be college graduate professional person then please use appropriate terminology. "I'm going to nursing School, I plan to be an RN." Vent over.
  2. by   AmericanRN
    Quote from snowangel3
    hoping not to get lynched.....I was a CMA that called myself a nurse. Now that I am actually about to graduate from nursing school, I am incredibly ashamed that I ever did that, or even thought that what I had amounted to any kind of nursing education. Don't get me wrong, I was very good at my job, skill wise and knowledge wise, but no where close to where I am now. No they are not the same, and NO ONE that has not gone thru what we go thru in order to be pinned deserves to call themselves a nurse.
    I think it was awesome that you admitted to doing that and felt bad about it. Maybe some can learn from your post and you do not deserve to be flamed. We all make mistakes.

    With that being said people should learn from your mistake and be aware that there are job descriptions that will brook no lies (small or otherwise) when it comes to the law and that's stating one is a nurse, judge, doctor, a member of any of the special forces or law enforcement officer.

    These are felony offense and usually enforced by jail, steep fines, and supervised 4-5 year long probations or paroles. Also with the advent of the internet fakes are being plastered all over many sites and one can be banned for life from many career fields.

    Knowlege of a job and it's duties can never be replaced by book learning and paperwork alone but the cold, hard fact is that without the proper licenses, certifications to back the knowlege up it is fraud.

    Like I said though you should be applauded not flamed for your honesty.
  3. by   jelorde37
    Quote from avalonlake
    I think it was awesome that you admitted to doing that and felt bad about it. Maybe some can learn from your post and you do not deserve to be flamed. We all make mistakes.

    With that being said people should learn from your mistake and be aware that there are job descriptions that will brook no lies (small or otherwise) when it comes to the law and that's stating one is a nurse, judge, doctor, a member of any of the special forces or law enforcement officer.

    These are felony offense and usually enforced by jail, steep fines, and supervised 4-5 year long probations or paroles. Also with the advent of the internet fakes are being plastered all over many sites and one can be banned for life from many career fields.

    Knowlege of a job and it's duties can never be replaced by book learning and paperwork alone but the cold, hard fact is that without the proper licenses, certifications to back the knowlege up it is fraud.

    Like I said though you should be applauded not flamed for your honesty.
    very well written. i could almost feel a feeling of mercy as i was reading that post. but the truth is that one cannot claim to be something they are not. these titles that we possess are here to inform the public of our duties and accountablity. i believe in cost effective healthcare, and as much as i respect MAs for being cost effective, they are not nurses and their education, although quite similar in procedures, differs greatly from nursing education. for one thing, we nurses can be held accountable for our actions or actions of people under us.

    heres a little story, im an lvn, my friend is a CMA. ive been a nurse for about two years and shes been an MA for a little over 10 years. about 2 months ago, we were at school waiting for class to start when this guy breaks out into a grand mal seizure. my friend gets anxious and panics, while my nursing education kicks in and i quickly turn the guy on his side and untighten his shirt/necklace/anything that will compromise the respiratory system. my friend continues to panic due to the fact that the guy is seizing, shes never been in this kind of situation, and doesnt know what to do. so here i am trying to calm her down while caring for this guy and making sure he's not having any respiratory problem. eventually he stops seizing, goes into his postictal period, and i continue to monitor for status epilepticus until EMTs and the school nurse arrives. this just shows how nursing is adaptable to any situation, and that not all people can be called nurse.

    so thats just my two cents.

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