Is a Medical Assistant a Nurse

No. Medical Assistants have roles and responsibilities that are different from Registered Nurses. Registered Nurses usually follow a Bachelor’s Degree program before they begin work. Some of them towards a RN qualification. In contrast, medical assistants only require a shorter duration such as a couple of months, sometimes 18 months of study to gain a recognized certificate. 

The types of procedures performed by professionals in these roles are also different. Medical Assistants are usually assigned with procedures like applying or removing dressings, administering medication, and taking blood or other samples. While some assistants will be required to operate medical equipment. Nurses will administer intravenous devices, PICC lines, and specialized nurses may even administer anesthesia in surgical settings.

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