This is kind of a good argument for all those who think the entry into nursing out to be BSN.
Do we won't MA or ADN, MA or LVN/LPN, MA or CNA/LNA? Something these nurses need to think about who are of this opinion (BSN entry), is that these MA do not speak the same language as nursing and do not use the same process, ADPIE. Also, as evidenced in the above discussions, they don't RESPECT nurses or nursing practice.
If we phase these levels out, they'll be next, replacing PA for NP, etc. Hell MA for BSN.
I'm probably wrong but I don't think 2 year program is the norm for these MA. Most of the time, when I'm watching Jerry Springer they advertise MA schools that take only 9 mos. to a year.
Let me tell you about an experience I had with an MA not long ago. Have this female, identifying herself as a "nurse", call our HH with a telephone order from a certain MD. She says, Dr. so and so wants the family to continue their current dose of Coumadin. I say, what is their current dose regimen. She hems, she haws, puts me on hold, gotta look at this, gotta look at that, finally she says "Oh the family knows what the dosage is." WHAT! What th' H-E-Double L! I don't think so! Also, I ask her for her name, which she promptly tells me, then I ask are you an LVN or an RN (remember she identified herself as a nurse when she called), reluctantly she says, "I'm a MA."
Okay, I don't except the order as valid and so I confirm it with the physician, # 1, doesn't include the 5 rights of medication, # 2 she's not licensed that I know of. I mean they're certified but are they licensed? And if so by what standard, etc.? I ask my DON, she don't know. I call my state BON. Guess what? They don't know either and in turn refer to national pharmacy & medical association websites...