Technology is considerably advancing – computers, phones, laptops, cars and of course even the medical technology. Just when the technology is expanding, so is the human population. In connection to this, research shows that these two factors have a great impact to people. Technology had made the lives of many people easy and comfortable resulting to unhealthy lifestyle making them prone to disease. In the same way, the advanced medical technology served as life sustainer to the people. Hence, more people are needed in order to support with the growing medical needs of people.
To counter the exigency in health care, hospitals and clinics are hiring medical assistants. But medical assisting must not be confused with nursing. Even if they fall under health care, they have its differences.
Nurse is a degree. In order to be a nurse, one must need to finish the 4-year curriculum and needs to pass the board exams before getting a job. While medical assistant does not need any official education and its training would only take six months to one year to finish. Also, medical assistants are not compelled to take the authentication unlike nurses who needs to be registered before applying for a job.
Nurse takes vital signs, take notes to medical records while Medical Assistants most of the time do clerical or managerial works. However, depending on the demand, both can do bookkeeping and managerial duties. Although MA can also take vital signs and other clinical works, they are not highly educated for administering and caring for patient’s medical requirements and performing bedside care. Besides, if a nurse has a bachelor degree, he or she is allowed to give medications not like medical assistant who needs the supervision of a doctor before he or she can give medication.
Nurse can work in nursing homes, home health care or in any other healthcare amenities and centers while medical assistant cannot because these healthcare conveniences do not have doctors. Medical assistants as requisite by the law, should only work in an environment where doctors or any other medical practitioner is present. Furthermore, MA are allowed to do ancillary in-house tests under the direct supervision of medical doctor or a registered healthcare practitioner.
Medical assistant often take orders and instructions from doctors or other medical practitioners including nurses. While a nurse works under the guardianship of the doctors or other medical practitioners.
Given those differences, both of them should act in accordance with a healthcare facility’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments or CLIA and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization or JCAHO. Both must be efficient and productive at all times.
In conclusion, nurses are licensed to practice the profession. Their work is to treat patients. Also, they are accountable for educating patients about health-care. While medical assistants are those people who do not only clinical responsibilities but administrative responsibilities as well. They are the ones who guarantee that the hospitals or the clinics are working smoothly.
Whether medical assistant or nurse, they both are serviceable in the healthcare industry. These healthcare assistants are important in keeping up in meeting the needs of people when it comes to healthcare.