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North Carolina Medical Assistants in Inpatient Settings

I recently received the following question from a manager at a health care system in North Carolina: 

We are looking at ways to assist nurses in the hospital setting due to the nursing shortage. Can medical assistants practice in a hospital setting without a nursing assistant certification? 

Medical assistants are permitted to meet the requirements and register with the state as certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and medication aides. Short of this, medical assistants are considered unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) when working under nurse supervision in inpatient settings. 

The North Carolina Board of Nursing has issued some detailed and helpful position statements on what nurses are permitted to delegate to UAP. See the following documents for additional details: 

4 thoughts on “North Carolina Medical Assistants in Inpatient Settings”

    1. Thank you for your question. Here is the contact information for become a certified nursing assistant in North Carolina:
      N.C. Nurse Aide I Registry
      2709 Mail Service Center
      Raleigh, N.C. 27699-2709
      Phone Staff: Weekdays, 8 a.m. – 12 noon, and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., EST: (919) 855-3969
      I hope this proves to be helpful.

      Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA
      CEO and Legal Counsel, AAMA

      1. I have sent the NC nurse aide registry my information several times and they are not allowing me to be added?

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