Medical Asst or RN

  1. Hello, I want to work with a gastroenterologist and perform routine colonoscopies, endoscopy and etc. I really dont know what major I should take up. I believe if I go for nursing I will be getting to much training that doesnt involve gastroenterology. I do have a business mgmt degree and thought about becoming an office manager for a gastroenterology practice if I became a med asst. Med asst don't make much money. Any opinion would be helpful. Thank You
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  3. by   SoldierNurse22
    As an MA or RN, you will not be performing colonoscopies or endoscopies. Those are procedures that are performed by the physician.

    Nurses and MAs are going to be trained in a wide variety of different skills. Nursing education is especially holistic and there isn't going to be an MA course or LPN/RN program that will just teach you how to work in an office with a gastroenterologist.

    Further, there is no guarantee that you'll get hired into a GI office as either an RN or an MA. In this job market, regardless of which career you choose to pursue, you'd be wise to take whatever job you can get.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    Personally, as someone who completed a medical assistant program many years ago (and was subsequently unable to find a job as a MA), I'd choose nursing.

    I lived nicely as an LPN, and now that I am an RN, my earnings have nearly doubled. MAs are not paid that much in many cities and states.
  5. by   Kaligirl02
    It depends. As someone who was a Medical assistant in a GI office for 5 years and was just hired on in a hospital as a nurse in the Endoscopy department, I might have some input on the subject. As soon as I finished school for Medical Assisting I was hired on at a very well known non-profit organization. I loved it there. I started off at 15.64 and by the time I left I was making 19/hr. My best friend still works there as an MA and makes 24.12/hr. But this is in Northern Ca.

    I learned a lot, and my Doctors were very informative. I headed up the Hep C clinics, did Video Capsule Endoscopies, Endoscopies and all of that. I decided to become a nurse because I wanted MORE and because I want to eventually become an NP in Gastro. As a nurse working in the Endo Lab, I am very much looking forward to it. I will be crossed trained to be able to float to Cath Lab, Radio and go on the floor (ICU,Med-Surge and we are getting peds gastro md's as well) to assist with endos as well. I am very looking forward to it.
    I will make the same amount as I did as an MA, but I am assuming it is because I reside in Texas now. I was told that since I have experience in a tech position that it made my application more attractive. So I guess it just depends. I love gastro and rep my gastro groupie status proudly.

    (Forgive my typos, I am on my phone.)