I understand that the other providers in the office may allow MAs to prescribe

I understand that the other providers in the office

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I understand that the other providers in the office may allow MA’s to prescribe for them but I want to protect my patients as well as my license and therefore I would tell Stephanie that she is not allowed to prescribe for me. Diagnosing over the phone can be tricky for a qualified and licensed provider let alone for a MA (Buppert, 2012). Letting a MA prescribe medications on top of that holds even more danger. A policy/procedure that I would like to put in place is that the MA is not allowed to prescribe anymore since that is beyond their scope of practice. In addition, if I patient calls in and request a prescription, the MA needs to tell the individual that he/she needs to be seen and assessed by one of the providers first. By implementing this policy/procedure, it would insure that the patient is being treated properly, cultures are obtained, if needed, and that the proper medication, if any, is prescribed. This also allows me to be able to properly document the need for that prescribed medication (CDC, 2014)
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References American Association of Medical Assistants (2016). State scope of practice laws. Retrieved from Buppert, C. (2012). Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide (4th ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Making health care safer. Retrieved from Chamberlain College of Nursing (2016). NR-510 Week 4: Organizational change and ethical- legal influences on APN and specialty nurse practitioner practice. [Online lesson]. Downers Grove, IL: DeVry Education Group.
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  • Winter '16
  • Melissa, Rubio
  • Pharmaceutical drug, Prescription drug, Medical prescription, medical assistants

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