Similarly, Marie, a long-time employee of a physician in private practice, is often called “the doctor’s nurse.” Although Marie has never had the training necessary to become a certified medical assistant or a registered nurse, she sometimes refers to herself as the “office nurse.”
- What legal and ethical considerations are evident in these situations?
- Should Ned and Marie allow patients to call them “doctor” or “nurse,” respectively? Why or why not?
Note: A health care practitioner is held to the standard of care practiced by a reasonably competent person of the same profession. A physician assistant using the title “doctor” and a medical assistant using the title “nurse” may be held to the standard of care of a physician and a nurse, respectively, and may be accused of practicing without the appropriate license.