Does anyone have information for prescription authority of medical assistants in NC? My situation at a family medicine practice is that our supervising physician authorized an MA to send refills on behalf of the APPs/mid-levels. However, we were never told about this. The MA was under the impression that we were aware and okay with this happening. I would guess each practitioner has to give the "okay" for the MA to refill prescriptions, right? Or is there some way the supervising physician can override this? The medications are still being filled on behalf of the mid-levels with our names on the scripts/medications. Is this more of a legal issue or ethical/workplace issue?
Hi everyone! I have a bachelors degree in Chemistry and more than three years experience as a pharmacy technician. I was originally going to apply to pharmacy school (hence why I started working at a retail pharmacy) but I realized that it wasn't the right profession for me. I got licensed, state certified and nationally certified. Now I'm working at a mental health facility in the pharmacy department and I like it much better. I get to communicate with the nurses and doctors over at the facility directly and we help each other with the patients (with records, insurance, getting their drugs, etc.) I know pharmacy is not direct health experience but it's helping pay the bills and my major student loans. I've been trying to find work with direct HCE but haven't had much luck trying to find something.
On the side though I have shadowed doctors as well as PAs. I also did some medical assisting (although technically that wasn't the title of the position and I am not certified) at a radiation oncology office. I know everyone keeps saying EMT is a great profession and I've tried to find accelerated programs and such (just been having a hard time with money). I really wanna go back to school. I'm almost done with the pre-reqs (I have one more to go next fall) and taking the GREs this summer. I also know many doctors who can give me a good reference. Is there any advice one can give me? The PAs I've talked to graduated 5-10 years ago so I don't really know anyone who is currently at school or graduated that can share their experiences. Greatly appreciated!
Is there such a thing as a Pharmacy Physician Assistant? Sounds kind of odd but I' m just wondering if there is something similar. I have worked at a hospital since I was in high school as well as working as a Pharmacy Tech. I would love to work as a Clinical Pharmacist or something similar. I am currently working towards my BSPS (Bachelors of Science in Pharmaceutical Science). I have been looking at a lot of Pharmacy Schools as well as PA schools. I come from a family with strong beliefs to not take out student loans and therefore Pharmacy School may not be a great option for me additionally I would have to dorm because the campus is far from where I live. I do not want to move away from my family. This is my personal decision, but I do want to further my education and I have been looking into a PA school nearby to me and more affordable. My plans are to graduate within a year with my BSPS and then continue as a hospital pharmacy tech, shadow PA's, and get more experience as maybe a nursing assistant then apply to PA school. What possible career options would be out there after PA school for someone with Pharmaceutical background?
Also, I found this article on PPAs (Pharmacy Physician Assistants). Has anyone heard of this potentially happening?
I just moved to Texas/got my PA license after practicing in another state for about 1 year. At an interview, a PA affiliated with the practice told me he does not have a DEA number and that when he needed to write for a controlled substance, he submitted it under his supervising doc's name. ...Is this allowed? My prior state required your supervising doc to co-sign chart within 72 hours of writing a controlled substance. I did see on the TMB site that PAs can write for 30 days of a controlled substance at a time and must document consultation with their supervisor before refilling. Is this correct?
Also, what are the requirements for supervising docs as far as signing charts? I looked through the TMB site and am not seeing specifics. My last state required "x"% of all charts to be co-signed. I'm quite certain the PA told me the doc doesn't sign his charts, which is surprising to me.
Any other pearls of wisdom about practice/ practice law in Texas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Hope someone can help me get my personal statement off of the ground! I have a gripping but very personal topic that I want to use for my personal statement when I apply this spring.
I was emotionally/verbally abused by my boyfriend. We dated for 3 years, lived together, and even adopted a dog together. He drew me in until I was attached, I was then verbally/emotionally abused for the next two years. I was constantly told I was not good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, or driven enough. One of the hardest things to hear from him was that I would never become a PA because no school would ever accept me.
It took me a long time, sometimes I think it was too long, to leave. But I did. Even though was the most difficult and emotional period of my life, I really believe it made me a stronger person overall and will help me help my patients in the future. I would love to one day be able to share my story of emotional abuse, especially with teens and young adults.
I really would like to develop this topic further and think I could create a really great personal statement. I do have a few questions though, opinions are encouraged and welcomed!
Is this a good topic for my PA school application? How can I bridge my experience so that I sound strong and empowered? The last thing I want is to sound like a victim. How can I relate my experiences to becoming a PA? Any other advice? Opinions? Comments? or Questions? Thank you (in advance) for those of you who comment for all of your input and support.