Med assistants are nurses?

Nurses Relations


So the secretaries at this specialty clinic call the medical assistants "nurses". Three times they told me about the "nurses" who are actually medical assistants.  I am a patient there.Never in my life has this occured. Can I assume the doctor knows this or told them to say they have nurses?  He told me they are assistants, later.  Odd, isn't it?

I was a medical assistant in a doctors office many many years ago... before I became a nurse. I always introduced myself as a medical assistant and my name tag specified that, as well. Still, there was always at least one person...usually a front office person who referred to the MAs as nurses even after being corrected. I think that is just the 'go to' title for clinical staff who work in the back office and assist the least it was in my situation.

Specializes in School Nursing.

That is true, however, the Nurse Practice Act clearly states that the only people able to call themselves nurses are RN's and LPN's. Calling a Medical Assistant, CNA's nurses can be considered fraudulent, and can be reported to the Boards. That needs to be corrected immediately. When I go to the MD, if they are a medical assistant that is how they are addressed, at least by me. They really don't like it, they prefer the Nurse title, I have reminded more than one that this can be construed as fraud. 

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