medical assistant vs CNA

  1. What are the differences in a medical assistant and CNA? In pay, job description, and job availibility. I was considering either as a means to support myself through schooling but I am not terribly familar with either. Anyone with insight please respond I would appreciate it greatly.
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  3. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Quote from Candice1982
    What are the differences in a medical assistant and CNA? In pay, job description, and job availibility. I was considering either as a means to support myself through schooling but I am not terribly familar with either. Anyone with insight please respond I would appreciate it greatly.
    Where I live CNAs get more pay than CMAs but CMAs gets better benefits. CMA works in doctors offices (generally 8 hour shifts during the week, with most holidays off) while CNA works in hospitals and rest homes (work weekends as well as weekdays and holidays). As far a time frame, CNA (where I live) take one course (basic patient care) that is one semester (6 units). CMA goes through a program taking several different courses (many requiring pre-reqs) that last a year.
    From what I understand (a CNA could better answer this) a CNA's duties is to bath, set up meal tray, document food / fluid intake each meal change bed pans, Empty and measure catheter bags, Oral care / dentures, Groom / shave resident, give Nail care to resident, Toilet resident, take Vital sign’s (temperature, pulse, respiration’s & blood pressure), Bed making, Turn and reposition a resident, etc act.
    As a CMA I do patient intake, where I take vitals (weight, B/P, pulse, resp, temp) I draw blood, give injections, remove sutures, run office tests such as glucose, test urine for bacteria and do bacteria count of spun urine under a scope, hematocrit/hemoglobin, puls-ox, EKGs, strep screens, mono screens, pregnancy testing, steralizing etc. I also set up for and assist with office procedures, paps, excisions, sigmoidoscopys, complete physicals (have to get all vitals plus do a hearing exam, check for color blindness and peripheral vision.) I also do all the paper work for labs done in the office, I do referrals, make appoint ments for patients at the hospital for tests we do not run (ex. x-rays, glucose tollerance tests etc) call in medication, and call patients with test results, basic patient education etc.
    Thats all I can think of right now. Hope that helps
    Last edit by HeartsOpenWide on Nov 15, '05
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