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12:36 Nov 30, 2000
French to English translations [PRO]
Medical
French term or phrase: assistante médicale
I am translating a certificate and my client wants me to translate "assistante médicale" with "registered nurse". I need to provide an explanation as to why I cannot do that, therefore I need to find out the difference between the 2 professions in Canada or North America
Dana Carciumaru
Canada
Local time: 16:15
English translation:medical assistant
Explanation:
Definitions of "Medical Assistant" and "Registered Nurse":

From Termium:

English:Occupational Titles
Medical Staff
medical assistant s CORRECT
DEF - A health worker who has received an appropriate training and who, in the field of promotion, protection and restoration of health (including diagnosis and treatment of disease), has certain clearly defined duties and responsibilities. He is employed ... under the supervision and guidance of qualified physicians ... s
OBS - HOHEA: Hogarth, J. Glossary of health care terminology. Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 1978. (Public Health in Europe, No. 4). s
1999-02-05

From LGDT:

registered nurse (a)
A graduate nurse who has been legally authorized (registered) to practise after examination by a state board of nurse examiners of similar regulatory authority, and who is legally entitled to use the designation R.N. (a)
Abréviation(s):
R.N. (a)
infirmier autorisé n m (bc)
Contexte(s): L'infirmière diplômée qui reçoit de l'Ordre des infirmières ((et infirmiers)) l'autorisation d'exercer porte le titre d'infirmière autorisée. (b)
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Yolanda Broad
United States
Local time: 16:15
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Thank you, I had seen the terms inTermium but I was looking for more reference. I think "physician's assistant" will do the job. I found it at http://stats.bls.gov/ocos/ocos081.htm
Thanks for your effort!

Moi
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namedical assistantKaren Tucker
namedical assistant is much more general than physician's assistant
Yolanda Broad
namedical assistant
Mats Wiman
namedical assistant
Yolanda Broad


  

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14 mins
medical assistant


Explanation:
Definitions of "Medical Assistant" and "Registered Nurse":

From Termium:

English:Occupational Titles
Medical Staff
medical assistant s CORRECT
DEF - A health worker who has received an appropriate training and who, in the field of promotion, protection and restoration of health (including diagnosis and treatment of disease), has certain clearly defined duties and responsibilities. He is employed ... under the supervision and guidance of qualified physicians ... s
OBS - HOHEA: Hogarth, J. Glossary of health care terminology. Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 1978. (Public Health in Europe, No. 4). s
1999-02-05

From LGDT:

registered nurse (a)
A graduate nurse who has been legally authorized (registered) to practise after examination by a state board of nurse examiners of similar regulatory authority, and who is legally entitled to use the designation R.N. (a)
Abréviation(s):
R.N. (a)
infirmier autorisé n m (bc)
Contexte(s): L'infirmière diplômée qui reçoit de l'Ordre des infirmières ((et infirmiers)) l'autorisation d'exercer porte le titre d'infirmière autorisée. (b)



    Reference: http://www.termium.com
    Reference: http://www.granddictionaire.com
Yolanda Broad
United States
Local time: 16:15
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 1551
Grading comment
Thank you, I had seen the terms inTermium but I was looking for more reference. I think "physician's assistant" will do the job. I found it at http://stats.bls.gov/ocos/ocos081.htm
Thanks for your effort!

Moi

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Nikki Scott-Despaigne

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22 mins
medical assistant


Explanation:
from Swedish Literal Translations Ltd

Mats Wiman
Sweden
Local time: 22:15
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish
PRO pts in pair: 133
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1 hr
medical assistant is much more general than physician's assistant


Explanation:
I'd be very careful about the terminology. A physician's assistant, at least in the U.S. (not sure about Canada), is really a low-level "médecin"--someone who is legally qualified to diagnose, prescribe, and refer. They work in conjunction with a physician, but molre as colleagues than as aides. That is not the case for a medical assistant (the description I gave you, above).


    College I retired from, St. Francis College of Loretto, PA, specializes in training P.A.s
    I served on committees that developed the curriculum for this career track.
Yolanda Broad
United States
Local time: 16:15
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 1551
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19 hrs
medical assistant


Explanation:
I agree with Yolanda. A medical assistant usually refers to someone who helps out in a doctor's office with routine tasks like taking blood pressure and weight, giving shots, escorting the patient to the examining room, etc. Training is minimal. A physician's assistant is much more highly trained and examines and treats patients with common complaints.
Karen

Karen Tucker
United States
Local time: 16:15
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 394
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