Medication Aide

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Clinical Services
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1752 Signature Pointe
Essential Job Duties:
 
Certified Nursing Assistant Duties:
 
Assists residents with dressing, grooming, eating, bathing, positioning, turning, toileting and exercising.
 
Gives treatments, perform tests, carry‑out procedures and collect specimens as instructed.
 
Reports and records observations and results of treatments, tests, procedures and specimens when indicated.
 
Transfers, transports and escorts residents as needed.
 
Answers signal lights promptly.
 
Changes bed linens, makes beds and keeps rooms clean and orderly.
 
Certified Medication Aide Duties: Safely prepares, administers, and charts oral, topical, and suppository drugs.  The medication aide who prepares the medicine administers same.
Checks and prepares each dose immediately preceding administration.
Follows administration protocol:
Checks medication with transcribed or original order.
Checks all information on label or package for accuracy and clarity.
Clearly identifies the resident with proper medication
Considers the following when administering a medication.
General use of the medication
 Therapeutic action Usual dosage
Factors modifying dosage and effects
Precautions and contraindications and Antidote, if known
  Route and frequency of administration
 Signs of deterioration of the medication
 Checks with the charge nurse if there are any questions regarding any medication. 
Records administration of the medication on resident’s medication administration record.  Discards medication refused or otherwise not given and records on medication administration record.
 
Reports medication errors or reactions to medications immediately to the charge nurse, who, in turn, reports to the resident’s attending  physician and completes the necessary documentation.
 
Performs accurate pulse and blood pressure and recognizes their significance in drug therapy.
 
Administers PRN medication only under the following directives.
 
      a.         FOR NON-LEGEND (OTC) DRUGS
                  May be administered without prior permission
 
      b.         FOR LEGEND PRN DRUGS
                  CMA informs the charge nurse who first makes a bedside assessment; documents that assessment on the clinical record; giving permission of the CMA to administer medication; or charge nurse administers same.
                  The CMA charts PRN medication on the medication administration record and in the nursing notes.
 
Signs and has access to the controlled schedule drug cabinet.
 
 
Administers medication only upon a written physician’s order.
 
 
Limitations:
 
Transcribing physician’s original orders to medicine charts or kardexes;
 
Administering any parental medications;
 
Administering any substances by nasogastric or gastrostomy tubes;
 
Other Duties: 
Maintains safe and sanitary work stations and equipment.
 
Encourages independence, attendance at activities, restorative programs and rehabilitation.
 
Attends in-service training and education session, as assigned.
 
Performs specific work duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.
QUALIFICATIONS:
 
  1. Successful completion from a State approved geriatric nursing assistant training program.  Prior geriatric nursing aide experience is preferred.  Registration with State registry required.
  2. Successful completion of State approved Medicine Aide Course, and when applicable, the continuing education course.
  3. Ability to understand and follow instructions in English, communicate effectively, and perform simple arithmetic.  Ability to document care given.

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