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Re: question about pay (should we "strike") ?

I agree if you graduate with an associates you should have to pass a certification exam. I used the last of my money to sign up for the AAMA exam a few days ago because I graduate in December, and its no fair to me or anyone else certified if we get treated the same as someone off the streets. I know something has to be done about the whole medical assistant career not being respected enough, but maybe we can all get together and do something about it. Any ideas?

Re: question about pay (should we "strike") ?

I agree that there needs to be uniform regulation; accredited programs, licensing exams and licensing. The other reason for the pay disparity is that the Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies Medical Assistants with CNAs under Healthcare Support and classifies LPNs and RNs under Healthcare Professional/Technical. Medical Assistants attend Technical and Private Colleges, therefore should be classified as Professional/Technical.

Your Professional Title/Credentials: BS, CPNCC, CSAC, CNA

Are You Still In School? Yes, returning AGAIN

Are You Working? Yes

Re: question about pay (should we "strike") ?

Cari
I agree that there needs to be uniform regulation; accredited programs, licensing exams and licensing. The other reason for the pay disparity is that the Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies Medical Assistants with CNAs under Healthcare Support and classifies LPNs and RNs under Healthcare Professional/Technical. Medical Assistants attend Technical and Private Colleges, therefore should be classified as Professional/Technical.


Totally agree!!!!! Couldn't have said it any better, and am thinking about taking this statement directly to the websites (MedicalAssistant.net or Certmedassistant.com) to give it a permanent spot, to hopefully let it be read by many, and let it sink in. The post, here will very likely eventually get buried. Thank you for re-adressing and discussing this interesting and valid debate.

Your Professional Title/Credentials: Website Owner/Site Admin

Re: question about pay (should we "strike") ?

Thank you for your response, Dani. I would be honored to have a spot on the websites. Hopefully, the widespread exposure of what is really behind the pay disparity will help MAs organize and bring change to the profession.

Your Professional Title/Credentials: BS, CPNCC, CSAC, CNA

Are You Still In School? Yes, returning AGAIN

Are You Working? Yes

Re: question about pay (should we "strike") ?

By academic terms, one is not considered a professional unless they have a bachelors degree or higher. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has little to no affect on pay. Although frustrating, they are simply lumping professions together for simplicity. I still get paid more than an LVN as an RN.

Your Professional Title/Credentials: RN-BSN, PHN, CCMA

Re: question about pay (should we "strike") ?

Hearts....

I am aware of the academic use of the term "Professional"; I also have a Bachelors Degree and I have always disagreed with this use of the word. A degree is not required for someone to be a "Professional", but our society likes to remake the English language. As I said LPNs as well as RNs are listed under Professional/"Technical". The Bureau of Labor Statistics has everything to do with setting salaries. You don't think employers look at those "categories" and "pay rates" when setting salary ranges? The Federal BLS also impacts State Departments of Workforce Development; as that's where they get their infomation from.

My point is that Medical Assistants are miscategorized. If you compare the skills performed by MAs and LPNs in an ambulatory setting, as I have done from ONET, there is little difference, except the use of the English language in describing the exact same skills. I am going to be writing to my State Department of Workforce Development and making these points. If everyone does this, we may see some changes.

Your Professional Title/Credentials: BS, CPNCC, CSAC, CNA

Are You Still In School? Yes

Are You Working? Yes

Re: question about pay (should we "strike") ?

I wish they would look. I would be making a lot more. I would have made a lot more when I was an MA too.

Your Professional Title/Credentials: RN-BSN, PHN, CCMA