MAs call themselves Nurses at my office..opinions please? - page 3
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Hi, I have been an LPN for 2 1/2 years and am a new Grad-RN since 9/2011. I got a job working at a Dermatology Office last November. It's the only job I could get, and I am making the best of it. They have me training to... Read More
- 4Feb 10, '12 by GitanoRN GuideUnquestionably, this a delicate subject that I have encountered in many occasions throughout my nursing career. First of all let me warn you that by being the "NEW NURSE" you might be stepping on thin ice, regarding this issue. Furthermore, most doctors don't care if their MA's refer themselves as nurses.
For example, I worked long ago in N.Y. for a well known private practice and they offer their clientele a 24 hour "Triage Nurse service" to address their pt's concerns. Following this further, once the front desk transferred the calls or the automatic system did it said " Transferring your call to a NURSE" and the MA's always stated I'm dr.So & So Nurse how can I help you".
Admittedly, I brought my concerns to the 5 physician's and their two surgeon's, as well as the office manager. Having said that, I recommended that perhaps they should wear name tags that have the degree on it, such as RN, CNA, MA after their name.
Needless to say, my other 2 RN colleagues didn't back me up, since they didn't want to rock the boat per say. Evidently, to my dismay from there on I was looked upon as "THE RN" and every staff member began referring to me as "Mr. RN or Oh! the RN will speak to you now" etc. the MA's staff never behave the same towards me.
Consequently, I ended up resigning since it became a joke. Certainly, I was more concerned with the patients' health management. However, this private practice didn't see it that way,once the issue was brought up. Lastly, the last time I heard they hired another MA in my position once I left.
In conclusion, all I have to offer you is my own experience on this issue, and I wish you the very best in all of your future endeavors... Aloha~Last edit by tnbutterfly on Feb 10, '12 : Reason: Reformatting post
- 0Feb 10, '12 by caliotter3I saw a news story last night about a PCT who was suspended from his hospital job for investigation of charges of sex crimes against patients. During the lead-up and story, he was referred to as a nurse, the caption on the visual said "nurse". This happened several times even though within the reporting itself he was also called a PCT. I was slightly disturbed. See no reason why the news media could not have reported this correctly.
- 0Feb 10, '12 by caliotter3Quote from ColleenRN2BThe PTB do not respect nurses enough to set the example in making the distinction. If anything, they resent paying a nurse more than the MA's, if they pay a nurse more.That the powers that be allow this to happen speaks volumes to me. In many states, what they're doing is ILLEGAL. Check the laws in your state
- 7Feb 10, '12 by woohIt's too hard for the physicians to keep with who's a nurse and who's an MA. I personally think the solution is to refer to everyone in the office as a "doctor." Don't want to confuse the patients with different titles, after all....
- 0Feb 11, '12 by PeepnBiscuitsRNNo they shouldn't. But I don't think they do it to one up anyone, or inflate themselves, I think it's just an unconscious thing, and the docs don't really help because they do it too...of course if an NP called themselves a doctor I'd like to see the temper tantrum that would ensue.
When I was an LPN we had to have a little talk with the clinic manager- everyone did, RN's, LPN's, CMA's and Providers and go over who is who and what is what. Honestly, though in the clinic CMA's and LPN's pretty much did the same things, with some small subtleties.