I think the reason BON's do not go after MA's referring themselves as nurses is because MA's are certified, licensed or whatever (depending on the state) by the Medical Board, not nursing, so they do not have any say in the matter. I know 2 offices that have a phone system that say "if you want to speak to a nurse..." and they do not employ RN's. I have heard MA's giving medical advice because " that's what the doctor always orders", so they believe they know what to do. I think the doctors who allow this in their offices should be reported to the medical board, however, the medical board (after I reported a doc), allow the doctor to decided what their MA can and cannot do.
So, why did MA's become so popular - NA's do the same "tasks", but the doctors wanted to control them, and they can't control NA's? Just wondering.