i never posted to any of the MA threads before, but since i am here and have some experience with this subject, thought i'd add something i see in my state.
there are several MA schools in this area, and a few family members (cousins, in laws, girlfriends/fiancee of cousins, etc) have been interested in and gone through MA programs. i also had several friends who were practicing MA's. in all but two of these people, they all introduced themselves as nurses, even to family. i am the only nurse in my family, and there's one physician. we both tried to say ONCE that it's NOT the same, but we were shushed by family. it wasn't an argument, but just a clarification. hey, MA's should be proud of their education, as should nurses, as should physicians. we all contribute to helping people/caring for people.
what made me upset is their promotional materials. i even get some in the mail every so often. but in this material, there are so many references to "be just like a nurse in half the time!!", etc. they even had a long list of "tasks" that MA's can do "just like Nurses!!!". the schools (at least in this area) really focus on this. i remember one girlfriend of my cousin who just HAD to keep bringing it up that "I'm no better than her", and that's "she's just as smart, if not smarter than I am". i never said such things to her, so i don't know why she said them to me. it irritated me after a while, only because she would keep bringing it up. i don't like to talk about work at family functions, i prefer to just relax and connect with family i don't get to see often. thank god she's not around anymore!!
i have met/worked with GREAT ma's just like i've met and worked with great CNA's, LPN's, RN's, MD's, DO's, NP's and PA's. i just don't understand why the MA schools around here slam it into everyone's heads that the MA's are EXACTLY like nurses. they're not. we may do similar tasks, but why must we be compared? although our skill sets may overlap in some limited areas, it doesn't mean i can call myself a doctor. i wish we could feel good about ourselves as individuals and be proud of what we contribute to our patients at the end of the day. that's what's important IMO.
sorry if i offend anyone, that's not my intent!!!