This comes about ALL the time. So, I'll say me peice on it as I usually have to do to clarify my career to others in the medical profession. I am CMA. I do injections, phlebotomy, EKG's, limited X-rays, some triage, RX refills and many other things. I DO NOT, assess a patient, formulate patient care plans
or diagnoses, handle IV therapy or meds, triage to a RN ability. I am not a nurse, and I don't portray myself as one. However, the nurses and MD's here all know I am a CMA ( we are a 14 person practice), and they still refer to me as Dr. M's NURSE. I'm thrown in with the general "nursing staff". I am very confident in my ability to treat patients AS DIRECTED by my supervising physician. I do have critical thinking skills and the deisre to always learn, that enable me to know the differences between meds that I handle and call in, know what is urgent and what is not, and when to ask the nurse for help. I would feel very offended if a nurse asked me to show her the vials of medicine I was giving before I gave her the injections. As would you if another nurse asked the same. If this is truely the case, the lack of trust and understanding, or complete apparent lack of education on part of the MA, in your community, you should be bringing it up to the mdical board of that facility. As should anyone who obsereves a medical professional acting unsafely.
I think all MA's should have a minimum 2 years of training. I have an associates degree in medical assisting. I also think all MA's should have some kind of EMT or patient assessment, emergency training to bump up their skills.
I strongly believe that MA's should not cross the boundaries seperating them and the nurses they work with. Granted, many of our responsibilities are the same, and sometimes there are no lines between the roles, but there are skills and critical thinking that MA's just aren't taught.
i am considering LPN school to bump up my skills and finally have the title of nurse. I'm tired of having to explain to everyone what I do, and no, I'm not a nurse, even though I work in the clinic and do "nursing" things. I have several friends who are CMA's and I would never distrust them. My Doctor's assistant is wonderful and competent and caring.