Medical assistants and LPNs - page 10

HI all, I have just finished a medical assisting program and im now looking for a job. I have noticed alot of job openings for lpn but nothing for medical assistants. I was wondering first of... Read More

  1. by   irish6363
    Please excuse my ignorance but, in my lowly opinion I do consider myself a NURSE as the title indicates LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE. Whether people like it or not...I would also like to add that by resorting to name calling it demonstrates the lack of intellect some people have when debating any topic.
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  2. by   irish6363
    Please excuse my ignorance again but..... ASS?......degree? Please help me here? I am aware of ADN, AS, AAS, AA.
  3. by   txspadequeenRN
    you are in need of some re education about the differences of a ma and lvn. there are plenty and i mean plenty... when you say the job is similar you are way off base...
    i know this first hand i have done both for many years. if you have not a lvn you cannot argue these facts with me. until you have been a nurse you will always think that a ma is comparable to being a nurse

    * assessments are not taught in ma school. they involve a lot more than "how are you feeling today?"
    * there are no thorough medical surgical courses to back up skills learned in lab

    * pharm courses involve so much more than how and where to stick the needle. you have to know the chemical make up of these drugs sometimes from the floor up in the most common ones. you know it before you give it or you will be dismissed for the day. we give hundred even thousands of drugs before graduation ... not one or two.

    * i had to take 4 months of iv therapy then spend 2.5 month clinical in pre- op doing iv's. i understand now that some ma's are doing these now in the dr office...just ridiculious.

    of course the above are based on my experince transistioning from ma to nurse and it was a eye opening experience....
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  4. by   irish6363
    AMEN TO THAT!!!!
  5. by   tothepointeLVN
    In clinics where the tasks asked of a LPN or MA are limited then depending on the practice they are more likely to hire a MA because your cheaper. Plain and simple. Not because you are better.

    Along with my associates I have 3 years of study at a regular university and I will tell you this. Other academics with bachelors or masters or above may look on you with scorn. They may be likely to call "little pretend degree"

    Man I hate being mean but somethings just need to be correct.*goes to hose myself off*
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  6. by   tothepointeLVN
    ASS I can think of something.... Actually I think though that ASS is an Associates of Science just taking the first 2 letters of associates
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  7. by   pagandeva2000
    LPNs are not limited to working with the elderly, and even if that were true, there are several courses of study that are entailed to being able to oversee their care that is clearly not offered in a Medical Assisting course, or they would be working there.

    I have had Medical Assistant training, and it is cannot be compared to training as an LPN or (especially) the RN. The fact that the Medical Assisting career path is not regulated and people can opt to take their certification or not (and only if they attended an accreditated school at that) demonstrates this fact. You are taking this as an insult and it is not. And, if there were no assistive personnel around to do patient care, then, the Registered Nurse would also be doing it.
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  8. by   pagandeva2000
    And, whether you choose to consider us to be "Little Play Nurses" or not, it still stands that we are licensed NURSES whether you accept it or not.
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  9. by   luvbnMA
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    And, whether you choose to consider us to be "Little Play Nurses" or not, it still stands that we are licensed NURSES whether you accept it or not.
    I was not trying to put yall down in anyway it was a question of why MA think they are the same as LPN's and i stated what I thought and was told, but also like i said at first I kno there are differences and things we can not do but there are also things we can do as well as LPN's...
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  10. by   irish6363
    Please just refrain from the name calling....
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  11. by   tothepointeLVN
    edited. . .
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  12. by   tothepointeLVN
    It's the content I am referring to not the spelling. Show your intelligence through your words and don't try and hide behind the dumbed down format of the internet.
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  13. by   kat7ap
    I don't think most people think a CMA is just a CNA. We are well aware what CMAs can do. The fact is that it is just limited to pretty much one setting - a doctors office or clinic while you are under direct supervision of a physician. From what I understand, if a CMA works outside that setting they work as a tech or like a CNA. Good question on why you went to school for so long for CMA, because personally I wouldn't have wasted that much time on that, but to each his/her own....

    Be proud of what you do but PLEASE don't come on here and insult a group of NURSES.

    By the way I work in mother/baby in a hospital, that doesn't seem like I can "only work in a nursing home or with the elderly".... What are these Medical Assistant "schools" telling people these days???
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