What is a real nurse????? - page 3

I'm a little "steamed" as I write this but I need to vent, so here goes....Today when I went on duty I was relieving a young lady that made a comment that just "ruffled my feathers". My husband and... Read More

  1. by   duckie
    Not all states recognize a QMA (Qualified Medicine Aid) They are between a CNA and LPN. They are trained to pass certain meds but none that are controlled. They cannot do anything invasive, such as injections, blood sugars, etc. They are also limited on the treatments thay can do, no open areas. QMA's can be trained to do some of the above listed tasks, if the facility they work at permits it. They may only pass a PRN med if a nurse signs for it. We have many excellent QMA's where I work and they really do ease the burden on the nurses if there isn't enough nurses to cover the halls. To be honest with you, I would rather work with my husband who is a 10 year QMA, than many of the nurses I have seen at my work place recently. I followed a nurse yesterday, that has 20+ years experience. I could not believe the mess she left me to clean up. She lost an inhaler, but I found it in another residents room after I had ordered another to replace it. I couldn't find several of my treatment ointments, they were left on the nurse aid cart....why were they there to begin with??? She neglected to tell me that I had a resident that had fallen and needed neuro checks q. shift. She signed that she did a treatment, but I took my own dressing off from the night before. She took off a doctors order but forgot to order the med. I'm certain there's more but right now I'm too tired to think of them. The scary part is, her usual job is training the CNA's that take their classes in our facility. When I complained about the mess I was left with, I was told, "Well you have to cut her some slack, she's not used to working the floor anymore." Well if she cannot do any better than that, maybe she needs to be reoriented as to what it is that we do all day long!!! Anyways, back to the QMA, they are very helpful even though they are limited. I do know that many states do not have them. My husband has furthered his status and is frequently in charge of a hall. I keep trying to get him to go to nursing school but he says he doesn't want to deal with all the stress and paperwork that I have....he may be the smart one!
  2. by   deespoohbear
    I always felt like our LPN's get shortchanged at our facility. The only thing they can't do that an RN can is get blood out of the blood bank. Otherwise, they are able to everything an RN does. The LPN's at our facility get paid at least $3 less a hour than an RN with similar experience. A few of the LPN's have more experience and wisdom than I do, but I get paid better for doing the same job. Go figure.
  3. by   Andy S.
    I have been an ADN for 2 1/2 year and recently graduated with my BSN. In one of my classes to get my BSN my instructor told me that I was now I was in school to "learn how to be a REAL NURSE". Naturally, I was furious! I hate that phrase!!! This women had never seen me outside of the classroom an assumed that because I only had a 2 year degree that I was inferior to her PHD (which means Piled Higher and Deeper right?)

    My point is, I don't feel that it matters a whole heck of a lot what 3 letters you have after your name. If you don't enjoy seeing the smile on someones face because you rubbed their feet or held their hand or some other "small and meaningless task", well then why are you in nursing. Those are the things people remember.

    I am not saying that education is not important, it is a vital necessity, but I have never heard a patient say "my nurse has every theory of nursing from the dark ages till now memorized!" But I have heard, "she listened to me when I angry and that meant a lot" or "she remembered to bring me my tissue", "he really brightened my day with his sense of humor"
    When we get wrapped up in degrees and letters we forget the real reason we get up and butt crack of dawn or stay up all night; we are there for the patients. If they did not need help, we would not be there. You can not teach this in a million years of school, it is either lost or found in the "little" jobs.

  4. by   PhantomRN
    So, pardon my stupidity, this co-worker stated she went to school for 4 years to become a QMA? That is why I thought she was a RN.

    Obviously I was not aware of what a QMA was, we dont have them in my state.
  5. by   duckie
    Originally posted by PhantomRN
    So, pardon my stupidity, this co-worker stated she went to school for 4 years to become a QMA? That is why I thought she was a RN.

    Obviously I was not aware of what a QMA was, we dont have them in my state.

    It's very possible that in other states the same initials are used in a different context. In Indiana, a QMA has only 6 months training and they are not licensed but certified. That is why a nurse must sign for much of what they cannot do. I would be interested to know if any of the other states have Qualified Medicine Aids? I had never heard of them till I came to Indiana.