so... i saw an ad from craigslist, looking for a MA to circulate in cosmetic surgical procedures? can MA do that? i mean is it LEGAL? i spoke to a scrub tech before, she's not a rn nor lpn/lvn, but she said that, she does pre-op, circulate, & rr. so MA's & techs have the same responsibilities as a RN cause they do go for jobs fitted for a RN.... i thought this was weird! correct me if im wrong, but i thought that's not part of their scope of practice. anyway... shed me some light here please.
I meant no offense to techs nor MAs. Just a curious thought in my head as I was taught differently (it is required by LAW that a RN must be present at all times in the OR).
only an rn can circulate.
aorn believes that or staffing skill mix ratios must ensure that every patient undergoing a surgical or invasive procedure has a perioperative registered nurse in the role of circulator.6
this is taken directly from the aorn position statement for operating room staffing. you can go on their site to see other position statements regarding various practices in the or.
Last edit by canesdukegirl on Jun 28, '11