"I'm an uncertified medical assistant" - page 21

I had a curious encounter at the doctor's office today. When I went in for my physical, a woman in scrubs came in ahead of the doc. She was wearing scrubs but no name tag. We hadn't met before, so I... Read More

  1. by   medical assistant3
    I have an associates degree,, I was trained in phlebotomy,medical terminology, and more...I am a MEDICAL ASSISTANT NOT A NURSE. i MAKE 15 AN HOUR HERE IN OHIO. why do people hate MA's i love my job and I am very good at it.
  2. by   LovebugLPN
    If you aren't calling yourself a nurse and understanding you are not a nurse I don't think anyone hates you or has a problem.
  3. by   ZooMommyRN
    if you look at the origination date you'll see this thread is over a year old
  4. by   wearingyourtattoo
    One the best and most-respected hospitals in my region of Indiana offer a three-four week on-the-job training courses to become a MA or NA, not certified. My boyfriend's mother just this spring went through month-long training classes and clinicals to become a CNA through a training facility. She is state certified.

    Now, in our area, if you didn't go through traing, you are a MA. If you did, you are a CMA or QMA. That's how I've always understood it, anyway. And I know for a fact that CMA's are qualified to draw blood. Why wouldn't an MA be able to, if taught properly? I mean, this place has trained MA's to do it for YEARS and no one's died from it, and if somebody did, I'd consider it to be the MA's fault, not the facility's, if they've had no other occurences and the state knows about it.

    I don't get it, what's the big deal?

    Just my opinions.
    Last edit by wearingyourtattoo on Oct 13, '08
  5. by   10ACGIRL
  6. by   BossMcgee
    a credential is an attestation of qualification, competence, or authority issued to an individual by a third party with a relevant or de facto authority or assumed competence to do so.
    examples of credentials include academic diplomas, academic degrees, certifications, security clearances, identification documents, badges, passwords, user names, keys, powers of attorney, and so on. sometimes publications, such as scientific papers or books, may be viewed as similar to credentials by some people, especially if the publication was peer reviewed or made in a well-known journal or reputable publisher.

    that being said there are credentials for medical assistant who go through the appropriate training and testing. it's usually the attitude of disgust that many nurses (not all!) treat medical assistants with that causes an insecurity. i just happen to have been trained to do many things nurses can't do and i've been a certified and registered medical assistant for 22 years. i get tired of being treated like a medical subspecies until nurses find out about my background. i shouldn't have to display my resume to gain respect for the job i do.
    my grandmother is an md, my uncle is an rt, my sister is an ot, my mother-in-law teaches bsn and i am happily and proudly a medical assistant. i have turned down invitations to tack those two little letters behind my name and for those who don't know, ma's practice under their physician's licence and that alone is a pretty big responsibility. know the facts before you speak.
  7. by   OgopogoLPN

    (Actually I was looking for beating a dead horse smiley).

    This topic is over almost 3 years old.
  8. by   archangel31
    When I worked in a health care facility and when I went through MA school, we were told to make sure our nametag was always visible. I knew it was illegal to pass oneself off as a nurse no matter where you work. I am saving the funds to apply for the CMA exam. I hope to apply in December. In hindsight, I should have joined the AAMA as a student so that the exam would be more affordable. Oh well, I will continue on, this will be my Christmas present to myself.
  9. by   kalevra
    WOW this thread is old, it started like 4 years ago.
  10. by   Cul2
    "I worked as a CNA at a major hospital as a agency CNA and they taught me to insert foley's.
    Some skills are just...

    ...not that involved to be worried about them."

    Depends upon which end of the foley you're at.
  11. by   JennyMac
    "My grandmother is an MD, my uncle is an RT, my sister is an OT, my mother-in-law teaches BSN and I am happily and proudly a Medical Assistant. I have turned down invitations to tack those two little letters behind my name and for those who don't know, MA's practice under their physician's licence and that alone is a pretty big responsibility. Know the facts before you speak."[/quote]

    Out of curiosity, what two letters were you "invited" to tack behind your name-MD, RT, OT, RN?
  12. by   OCNRN63
    Why are MAs posting here?
  13. by   CMAtblanken
    Although it looks like several others responded admirably, this is to inform an obviously uninformed "NPinWCH" of the Credentialing that Medical Assistants from an accredited school strive to achieve;

    The CMA (AAMA) is considered the gold standard of medical assisting professionalism. The credential represents a medical assistant who has been certified by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). The CMA (AAMA) means a professional edge, increased prestige among colleagues, and greater job security.

    The National Board of Medical Examiners--responsible for many national examinations for physicians--serves as test consultant for the exam. As a result, the reliability, validity, and security of the exam are of the highest order.
    A greater number of employers are preferring (or even insisting) that their medical assistants be CMAs (AAMA). The AAMA staff receives 100 or more requests per day to verify that current or potential medical assistant employees are CMAs (AAMA).

    This was copied from the AAMA site.