SNOTTY MA claiming to be a nurse!!!! - page 3

:angryfire i had to take my 11 month old to the immediate care. he has chicken pox. the ma is talking and my 4 year old asks if her brother is going to get a shot. the ma says, "no, he won't get a... Read More

  1. by   RN1982
    I don't care what kind of education an MA gets but it doesn't even come close to the education an LPN or RN receive. MAs don't have to take A/P, patho and chemistry like most LPN programs require their students to take.
  2. by   Jo Dirt
    Quote from Valerie Salva
    No -they do not have just as much education or training as an LPN.

    With prerequisites, my LPN program was two full years long, full time- including summers. (I'm an RN now).

    You were wrong to allow yourself to be called by a title you did not earn. Being afraid of a surgeon is no excuse.
    There is an MA graduate who is now trying to get into LPN school and told us it cost 22k to go through the MA program.

    I think that should be illegal.
  3. by   OrthoRN09
    Quote from MAB~LPN
    No offense here but, MAs don't have the same amount of training as LPNs. Most LPN schools you have to do insane amounts of clinical time and hands on training. Also most new-grad LPN students are way more prepared to be on the floor nurses than new-grad RN students.

    I agree this MA was out of line extremely. And you should totally give your daughter a treat! That's very smart that she knows the difference.
    I did a 6 week (40 hours per week) externship in an Internal Medicine clinic prior to finishing my MA training. That's probably more clinical experience than some RN programs.
  4. by   CoCo_low
    What a little smart-y you have there. She was right to correct the MA.

    I was at a party last year and this chick telling people she was in "medical school". I was impressed, because she looked to be about 21..maybe. When I asked her what University she was attending she starts telling me she is going to school to become a medical assistant , "which is basically an LVN and RN wrapped up into one degree"

    I ended up talking with her for most of the night. The schools have alot to do with this kind of attitude.


  5. by   RN1982
    Quote from OrthoRN09
    I did a 6 week (40 hours per week) externship in an Internal Medicine clinic prior to finishing my MA training. That's probably more clinical experience than some RN programs.

    Regardless of how much clinical time you had, your education was quite different from that of an LPN or RN. The practice of an LPN and an RN are quite different than an MAs practice. LPN and MA are not interchangeable and do not go hand-in-hand.
  6. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Quote from OrthoRN09
    I did a 6 week (40 hours per week) externship in an Internal Medicine clinic prior to finishing my MA training. That's probably more clinical experience than some RN programs.
    I will have 1200 hours clinical time by the time I graduate with my BSN next month (900 required and 300 extra curricular precepted hours)......you do the math.
  7. by   pink85
    All I have to sa is I am speechless at what the MA said in the OP. WOW! Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. Most states prosecute for impersonating a nurse!
  8. by   island40
    Iwonder if the doc made sure that the MA was sent packing??
  9. by   Neveranurseagain
    Quote from latinanurse1485
    HAHA that is really funny..Its amazing how these MA's go to school for 6 mos. and suddenly become nurses. I studied to be an MA before i went into nursing and never persued it because I felt they didnt get paid enough for what they did..but basically education and scope of practice is uncomparable of an MA to an actual RN or even LPN
    The majority of them don't even go to school--they are trained on the job with little or no formal education.
  10. by   libnat
    Quote from nursing student 19
    No one should be able to call themselves a nurse unless they went through a nursing program and got a license !
    she may have said it for the kid, they understand nurse more than medical assistant I would imagine.
  11. by   NurseMaryB
    Quote from libnat
    she may have said it for the kid, they understand nurse more than medical assistant I would imagine.
    It doesn't matter who you're speaking to. It's still impersonating a nurse. Which is against the law....
  12. by   libnat
    and it's still a petty thing to worry about. I could care less if an ma says nurse in front of a young child.

    Seems some nurses here think mighty highly of themselves.......
  13. by   NurseMaryB
    Quote from libnat
    and it's still a petty thing to worry about. I could care less if an ma says nurse in front of a young child.

    Seems some nurses here think mighty highly of themselves.......
    Seems to me that you haven't busted your A** for the degree either. It's hard and you earn the right for the title. I personally don't think mighty high of myself. But, I'm on the front line working my tail off and for someone to say their a nurse...honey, you have no clue. Nurses have a hard job and we put up with a lot of BS from patients and family and Doctors! So, we shouldn't have to put up with snotty ppl trying to be us. If they wanted to be a nurse they should go to school and earn it like the rest of us! Don't get me wrong I love being a nurse, I love my job, I just wish my patients would realize they are staying a the hospital not the Ritz!

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