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    Associates Degree-Med Assist to RN

    Things like anatomy, physiology intro and 2 would transfer.
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    Need advice

    I’m a CMA but I was always terrified of needles. Then phlebotomy lessons came along, time to deal with it. I was to busy learning to think about my fear. Plus everyday you are getting stuck by your classmates that are all really scared they may hurt you. I knew I had to be calm so I could help give them the confidence they needed. It does get better.
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    Drawing blood, did I hit a nerve?

    Thanks, I just hate the fact I might have hurt someone even though I’m sure I did everything right.
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    Drawing blood, did I hit a nerve?

    I’ve been a CMA for 4 yrs and I’ve been drawing blood all that time. I’m not the type of person who can get blood out of a rock but I am experienced. I do work for a doctors office and draw about 20 patients a day usually there is one or two patients I don’t feel comfortable drawing blood so I don’t try and just call someone else I was drawing this one patient, he had a nice juicie vein, the median cubital vein I believe it’s called. It was a perfect draw, I didn’t go in too deep, I hit the middle of the vein and was right there at a good angle. Patient didn’t complain until I drew out the needle. He just calmly mentioned to me the sight was sore after I pulled out the needle. No sharp shooting pains just sore at that point. I called the head CMA to talk to the patient and she didn’t think it was a big deal just told him ice and OTC pain relief she has been working with this doctor for over 20 years so she is very knowledgeable and experienced Yesterday, one week after the blood draw, he came in to see the doctor about his arm. He now says he is getting shooting pains in his arm but there was no bruising or hematoma at the sight. Doctor asked me if I happen to dig around at the sight which I didn’t and told him so. The doctor told me to never “dig around” at the site because there are nerves right there. I didn’t know this but I don’t dig around, if I miss I miss and get someone else. I don’t try a second time because patients aren’t human pun cushions. It’s just the way I am, some people don’t have a choice but I do. I am just freeking out right now that I could have hurt a patient. Does it sound to you like I hit a nerve? I know only the doctor can diagnose this but this really has me worried that I might have hurt a patient. I just want others experience with this. I’m hard on myself when it comes to drawing blood and do take it very seriously. I try to make sure the patient is as comfortable as possible and they come 1st. Thanks for any help you can offer me, my nerves are shot over this.
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    Patient's who STINK

    Try breathing through your mouth. Sometimes it works, but sometimes the smell is so bad that you end up tasting the BO.
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    CNA/MA Programs in Los Angeles

    I Don’t live in that area but I suggest checking your local community colleges some of them have very good programs that are very inexpensive good luck
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    No Rehire

    I agree with Daisy, I've been in the same situation and I didn't say anything and got the job.
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    Tb skin test

    Make sure you are going in at the right angle, and the biggest tip I can give you is just insert the tip of the needle, go in as little as possible without spilling. If you insert the right amount you should get a good wheel. But I'm just a CMA maybe one of the nurses can offer better advice, this is just my experience.
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    Afraid of Job Offer Being Revoked

    I am not a nurse but I had to take a drug test just recently, the lab wanted a note from my psychiatrist on the meds I was taking then they also wanted my pharmacy but I passed the test. I have ADHD and C-PTSD so I'm on quite the cocktail of meds. I worried about the drug test too but really if you are taking it as prescribed you shouldn't worry you'll pass just fine.
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    Administering meds I've not prepared

    I have to agree with you. In a place I used to work at they would prepare a bunch of influenza vaccines from the vial and leave them in the fridge for MA's to use. I ignored them and still drew my own. But I never had a PA or a Dr. draw one up just other MA's. I have no idea who drew it up, it's not labeled, and I don't know how long it's been sitting around like that. But, we are not in the popular crowd, most MA's will take them and use them. Maybe you can talk to the PA and look at your schedule ahead of time and see who might need what vaccines to speed things up. Is she trying to be helpful or does she think you're to slow?
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    How much are you making as a Medical Assistant

    IL 16 an hour just starting out, been working for 9 months. I hear the average pay in my area is 16-18 an hour. I work in internal medicine.
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    Needing to vent here!

    I'm a CMA and didn't find it a problem finding employment and I really enjoy my job. That said if you want to be a nurse then go for it. MA's and nurses are two different things.
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    drug testing

    I have had 3 kids I don't remember them ever drug testing me.
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    Stethoscope help!

    Started out with a lightweight classic ii and it was ok but I noticed I just couldn't hear certain things. Just recently upgraded to the cardiology iii and love it. It seems like there is nothing I can't hear with it. It was well worth the money.
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    Blood Draw Help Needed

    1st thing that came to my mind is which hand are you using to hold the needle. I'm naturally more right handed so I hold the needle steady with my left hand and change with my right. You shouldn't have to adjust, the needle shouldn't move at all when changing. You don't always have to use the AC just the best vien for the job. A nice juicy bouncy straight vien.

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