I know there are lots of link/info savvy people here that can probably lead me in the right direction. I have a friend in PA who is an MA (although reference is often made to her being a nurse). She works in a cardio office and today was on phone triage. Is this legal in PA? I'm scared that they are expecting a lot out of a 9 month educated MA who's on her first MA job and she doesn't know to say "No, I'm not qualified to do XXX". Or unwilling....
Nov 24, '11
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
there are no regulations re phone triage in pa's nurse practice act.
in se pa, it is rare to find an rn in a physicians office- most have transitioned to medical assistants (ma's). phone triage is rarely for clinical advice --those calls defered to dr call back between patients. all of the insurance companies however have nurse advice lines and handle clinical issues.
that siad, some cardiaologists in my area who run coumadin clinics do have a nurse in office interpreting results and adjusting dosing per standing order protocals. one of my health systems hospitals has transitioned pharmacy to run coumadin clinic. we homecare rn's providein home pt/inr testing for those just discharged from hospital and report results to pharmacy, cardiologist or pcp depending on attending docs preference.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Nov 24, '11