I'm an RN, in the ER. I know of 4 people who, in my opinion have been rooked into MA (medical assistant ) schools. Each on of these people have been told that , MA , can do everything an RN can do. Not sure about you but I don't think the Cardiac Thorasic Dr's want an MA to care for a crashing patient at 2:00 am. My best freind completed an ma course, her med list MOM, TD, Botox(go figure why this is even on a med list for an ma)etc. As compaired to an RN list of inatrops, ca blockers etc..
Any one have any ideas of how to stop the practice of ma schools comparing ma 's to Rn's?
Oct 3, '06
I've seen this in my area. There are commercials that show a young woman shopping while the sales clerk looks on in envy, wondering how she can afford such expensive things. The shopper tells the clerk that now that she works as a medical assistant she can afford to buy more things. Jeez. They play on a person's greed to sell their programs.
I know someone who finished MA school back in May and cannot find a job. I know another person who went through a surgical assistant program and can't find a job. I almost got talked into a program for ultrasound technology. It would have cost (no kidding) $34,000 for an 18-month program! Going to a university for four years would have been cheaper. Are you kidding me?
I have also seen these things advertised for medical transcription jobs. As I was LEAVING the MT world I was always approached by newbies asking me where they can find the 50k a year jobs they were promised by these schools. I told them that in my 15 years as an MT, the most I ever made was 32K a year. If they ever find those 50K jobs let me know, because I never found one. What's even worse is that as these schools are ramping up their programs, all the transcription jobs are going overseas to India and The Philippines. Most hospitals closed their transcription departments years ago. In-house transcription is unheard of now.
It breaks my heart that people spend good money, not to mention a couple of precious years, going through these schools to wind up with nothing at the end.
Last edit by Natkat on Oct 3, '06