Yeah, I run into this problem as well. I've lived in 3 states and it changes. LOL.
I was a CNA in 2000, then got my Medical Assistant cert in 2002 and that is a more advanced cert. So basically, when I was in Texas I worked in the ER as a trauma tech. Doing all those things that some posted earlier about PCT job descriptions. It was bedside care, assisting with traumas and running, catheters, transporting, blood draws, EKG's. It was an amazing experience.
However, I'm in MO now, and I am going to LPN school and trying to apply back in the ER as a tech, and I"m being told I am no longer a CNA I can't work as a tech?!?
. They are stating I need to be a CNA to be a tech.
I'm hoping with luck, I'll run into a hospital where they will accept all my experience as the hospital in Texas did. I was the only MA hired in the ER, everyone else was nursing students, or EMT's. But I had been an MA in urgent care and worked as CNA before, they felt I was qualified. I was worked 2 years in that ER, advanced to Lead Tech position and was responsible for training and so forth, and was assigned trauma rooms most of the time. (we had tech assignments like the nurses did) But here in MO, they are playing stupid for some reason. It is frustrating. I have never had a problem applying for a job, never, now all of a sudden being an MA is like someone who doesn't know bedside care :angthts:, even though I've been in the medical field since I was 18. This is just horrible.