So I may be way off, but from what I read it sounds like a Naturopathic assistant can do, after 10 hours of training, what a nurse does after years of education.
Naturopathic Assistants Senate Bill 1246 established Naturopathic Assistants effective January 1, 2011 Definition:
Naturopathic assistants (NA) perform technical and support services for licensed naturopathic doctors. They may perform certain medical procedures and technical support services under the supervision of a licensed naturopathic doctor. NAs are unlicensed.
Supervising ND Responsibilities:
Naturopathic doctors are solely responsible for training NAs and must be physically present on-site while the NA performs services.
Scope of Practice:
Naturopathic assistants may perform the following:
- Administer medication by intradermal, subcutaneous, or intramuscular injections
- Perform skin tests
- Perform venipuncture or skin puncture in order to draw blood
- Administer medications orally, sublingually, topically, vaginally, rectally, or by inhalation, as well as give medication to patients
- Apply & remove bandages
- Collect specimens for testing
- Collect and record patient data including blood pressure and pulse
- Perform simple lab and screening tests customarily performed in a medical office
NAs must place a written order or standing order prepared by a supervising ND in the patient's medical records.
Training is solely the responsibility of naturopathic doctors. NAs must have a minimum number of hours of appropriate training:
- 10 clock hours of training in administering injections and performing skin tests, and/or
- 10 clock hours of training in venipuncture and skin puncture for the purpose of withdrawing blood, and
- Satisfactory performance by the trainee of at least 10 each of intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intradermal injections and 10 skin tests, and/or at least 10 venipuncture and 10 skin punctures.
- For those administering medicine by inhalation, 10 clock hours of training in administering medical by inhalation.
Training must include instruction and demonstration in:
- pertinent anatomy and physiology appropriate to the procedures
- choice of equipment
- proper technique including sterile technique
- hazards and complications
- patient care following treatment or tests
- emergency procedures