MA circulates?

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    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.

    P.S.
    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).
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    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
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    state dept of health and joint commision also regulate that there be an RN per patient in the OR suite.... There are some plastic surgery office ORs/proceedure rooms that operate on the fine line of legal.... the nurses in these places operate on the fine line of legal too.... I know a few plastic surgeons that try to skimp on their costs and their nurses put their license in jeopardy every day, not to mention the patients lives....

    TX laws wording is kind of interesting, a periop RN must be immediately available to their patient, one RN per patient. What exactly is "immediately available"?
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    And some teeter on that line by having a RN scrub so there is a RN in the room. More than anything having an MA/ST pre-op and recover patients is *shudder* what worries me. I worked PACU for a few years and I had ICU/Tele experience. No way should someone without a nursing license and experience be recovering.
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    In our state it is illegal. By law, an RN has to circulate.
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    Speaking from personal experience, if you knew the credentials (or lack of) of the people working in some private plastic surgery centers, you'd be asking a lot of questions before A) interviewing at one B) having a procedure at one. I briefly had a position where the M.A. was circulating, recovering, filling out signed scripts and basically doing everything an RN does. I was told it was all legal because she was working under the plastic surgeons medical license. Really? I mean really? The narc counts were a joke and when I brought this up, within 24 hours I was fired for "not fitting in." My experience is not an isolated one.
    I don't believe all are like this but this was in a major city, with a well-known surgeon and a very busy $$ practice. If I ever have any plastic procedures done, I will go into having done lots of homework ahead of time. I don't want an RN immediately available, I want an RN who is in the room and is the one circulating, recovering and assessing me.
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    Quote from surgery_RN
    Speaking from personal experience, if you knew the credentials (or lack of) of the people working in some private plastic surgery centers, you'd be asking a lot of questions before A) interviewing at one B) having a procedure at one. I briefly had a position where the M.A. was circulating, recovering, filling out signed scripts and basically doing everything an RN does. I was told it was all legal because she was working under the plastic surgeons medical license. Really? I mean really? The narc counts were a joke and when I brought this up, within 24 hours I was fired for "not fitting in." My experience is not an isolated one.
    I don't believe all are like this but this was in a major city, with a well-known surgeon and a very busy $$ practice. If I ever have any plastic procedures done, I will go into having done lots of homework ahead of time. I don't want an RN immediately available, I want an RN who is in the room and is the one circulating, recovering and assessing me.
    Bingo!!! I was an Oral Surgery Assistant before going to nursing school. Did all sorts things, sedation, recovery, call in RX, etc.. I'm sure in the Dr OFFICE they can get away with just about anything. The key to RN cirulating is everything else you all mentioned pertains to the "OR ONLY"

    The other concern is hiring off CraigsList...really???
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    If that was the case surgery_RN I would call the medical board, dea and state health dept. It is illegal. They can not do iv conscious sedation in their office with an RN monitoring their patients intra and post op. PO and some inhalation is ok. They also have very strict guidelines from the DEA on narcs.....
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    I wonder if an MA would know how to recognize malignant hyperthermia?

    There are REASONS why only an RN can circulate.
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    Hi! I am currently working for an office of Oral surgeons as an oral surgery assistant and I am also in nursing school. I saw that you had worked in the same field I do before your nursing profession and I wanted to know if your transition was difficult. I was contemplating switching jobs to work in a hospital as a CNA just to be closer to the environment I want to work in after graduation. I was wondering if you had any advice for me? Thank you so much in advance!
    -Overwhelmed Nursing student


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