I have been searching, for weeks now, on exactly what a Registered Medical Assistant is allowed to do in clinical areas. I work with one that states,"I can do everything an RN can do except give IV medications." She does the pre-op workup, getting histories, medication lists and so on. She also starts IV's and starts the infusions, listens to breath sounds, (learned on her own) and takes verbal IV med. orders and then tells a RN to give the med. I will not do this on her verbal order and check with the Dr. on my own. And then I am told by my coworkers that she complains that I follow up on everthing she does. Personally, I do not have the time to follow up on everything she does, but I wish I did. The articles I have found about RMA's and their scope of practice, simply state "it is a gray area in many states". I work in an ambulatory surgery setting in one of the states it is a gray area in, and am wondering if my co~RN's have any thoughts on this. Apparently RMA's are not supervised by RNs but by a Dr.