Medical Assistant to LPN

  1. Hello if anyone can help me or just give me some insight, on Medical Assistant becoming a LPN. I 've been in the medical field for the past 6yrs, and I would like to know why do they make it so hard for Medical Assistant to become a LPN, because the only thing that we can't do is give certain medications. Thanks
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   DutchgirlRN
    LPN education is totally different from that of an MA. Nursing education is about more than being able to perform procedures.

    Nurses administer I.V. meds, parenteral nutrition, central line therapy, administer blood and blood components.
    Develop and implement nursing care plans.
    Participate in patient and family health teaching and discharge planning.
    Participate in ongoing education and training for paraprofessional staff.
    Perform functional supervisory duties, give and receive change of shift report, assign assistants to work areas and to specific patients.
    Intervene in emergency situations as needed. Makes nursing assessments, identifies problems and selects appropriate nursing interventions which requires critical thinking and this must be learned in nursing school and only truely comes about with nursing experience.
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Feb 17, '07 : Reason: Spelling
  4. by   txspadequeenRN
    the reason is because the two jobs are completely different. i have done both and being a lvn is so much more in depth and carries so much more responsibility. now, i have never heard of a program as such . you probably will have to start from scratch. but at least you will have some knowledge and will be ahead somewhat. good luck
  5. by   Tweety
    Good luck.

    Welcome to Allnurses!
  6. by   babybrown
    Hi dutchgirlRN,

    I have done almost everything that you have mention, except for nursing notes, so it's not that much that I have not done. And as a Medical Assistant I glad that I do know.
  7. by   babybrown
    Hi dutchgirlRN,

    I have done almost everything that you have mention, except for nursing notes, so it's not that much that I have not done. And as a Medical Assistant I'm glad that I do know.
  8. by   babybrown
    Thanks for the response, but I hope that I will not have to start all over again as a Medical Assistant when I start school.
  9. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from babybrown
    Thanks for the response, but I hope that I will not have to start all over again as a Medical Assistant when I start school.
    You will have to start from square one, the very beginning.

    Quote from dutchgirlRN
    Nurses administer I.V. meds, parenteral nutrition, central line therapy, administer blood and blood components.
    Develop and implement nursing care plans.
    Participate in patient and family health teaching and discharge planning.
    Participate in ongoing education and training for paraprofessional staff.
    Perform functional supervisory duties, give and receive change of shift report, assign assistants to work areas and to specific patients.
    Intervene in emergency situations as needed. Makes nursing assessments, identifies problems and selects appropriate nursing interventions which requires critical thinking and this must be learned in nursing school and only truely comes about with nursing experience.

    I have done almost everything that you have mention, except for nursing notes, so it's not that much that I have not done. And as a Medical Assistant I'm glad that I do know.
    I'm not touching that one. Good Luck!
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Feb 18, '07 : Reason: Spelling
  10. by   txspadequeenRN
    A lot of this depends on where you went to MA school at , accreditation and such. You may get some credit for Anatomy but I can tell you 100% that you wont get any nursing course credit. I had to start completely over and I didn't understand why until I got in the nursing program. MA programs don't carry the weight that nursing school does. They are not taught all of those things that Dutchgirl mentioned either. So if you are saying those things were included into your practice then you are practicing well out of your scope. I am not trying to be rude or negative but it is just the hard reality of this subject. I think you need to visit some nursing schools and talk with some counselors and get some ideas from them.



    Quote from babybrown
    Thanks for the response, but I hope that I will not have to start all over again as a Medical Assistant when I start school.
  11. by   caliotter3
    If you want to become an LPN, then visit some schools, talk to the advisors, pick one out and go for it. You should have an advantage since you have a medical background. The MAs who were attending my daughter's LPN program all had it together and were gainfully employed while they were in school. So, congratulations on your aspirations and good luck.
  12. by   robynv
    As a RMA, we may do lots of the same kinds of things..injections, blood draws..but my understanding is that we wern't taught much of the WHY's of what we do. We have of course a basic knowledge, but nurses get a much more in depth education. I bet if you check on it you will see. Good luck though, I'd like to go back to school myself, but just can't afford it.

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