The Certified Medication Aide assists in the administering of medications to residents as ordered by the attending physician, under the direction of the attending physician, the nurse supervisor or charge nurse, and the RCC Services. The administration of medications shall be in accordance with established nursing standards, the policies, procedures, and practices of this Community, and the requirements of this state.
Duties and Responsibilities:
* Comply with the Community’s personnel, safety, and corporate policies and procedures.
* Comply with the nursing department’s policies and procedures.
* Report witnessed or reported allegations of resident abuse/neglect immediately to the Executive Director, RCC or Unit Manager
* Treat residents, family members, visitors, and team members with respect and dignity.
* Maintain the confidentiality of all resident and family information.
* Report to work on time and as scheduled.
* Report any complaints/grievances made by residents to the RCC Services or per policy.
* Participate and cooperate with any Community surveys (inspections) made by authorized government agencies as requested by the Executive Director or RCC Services.
* Maintain a clean and organized medication cart and medication room.
* Always protect resident privacy when administering medication, knock before entering the resident’s room.
* Accurately and safely prepare, administer, and document the oral and/or topical medications that are commonly used in this Community that may be ordered for resident use by the attending physician or the Medical Director.
* Document and report errors in the administration of medications immediately upon discovery.
* Ensure that all medications administered are properly labeled and follow Community policy on storage, labeling and dating of medications.
* Complete medication charting per Community policy and procedure.
* Assist with following Community policies and procedures regarding the destroying of medications.
* Assist in documenting and removing medications that are discontinued by the attending physician.
* Follow Community procedures governing drug receipt errors, including notifying the delivery source and the RCC Services.
* Follow Community procedures in holding medications for residents who are out of the Community or per physician’s order.
* Honor the resident’s right to refuse medications.
* Observe and verify that medication is ingested or applied as directed. Document any instance where prescribed medication is not administered including reason(s) for refusal.
* Promptly notify the Charge Nurse, Nurse Supervisor, or RCC Services of any refusals or reactions to medications by residents.
* Ensure that no medication is administered without a written, signed, dated order from an attending licensed physician.
* Verify the identity of the resident before administering the medication treatment.
* Follow the Community’s procedures allowing residents to self-administer their medications.
* Assist the Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse in monitoring and documenting all aspects of such self-administering.
* Notify nurse when medication refills are needed.
* Be familiar with the meaning and usage of common medical abbreviations, symbols, and terms relative to the administration of medications as used by the Community, pharmacists, and physicians.
* Use personal protective equipment when performing procedures that involve exposure to blood or body fluids.
* Report all hazardous conditions and equipment to the Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse immediately.
* Must have a valid CMA certification that is in good standing with the State.
* If required to operate a motor vehicle for business purposes, must successfully complete the requirements contained in Company’s Motor Vehicles policy.
* Must have basic computer skills.
* Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
* Must be able to work beyond normal working hours and on weekends and holidays when necessary.
* Must be able to assist in the evacuation of residents during emergency situations.
* Must be able to perform the essential position functions of the job with, or without reasonable accommodation.
* Must be able to meet the general health requirements set forth by State regulations and Company policy which may include medical and physical examinations.
* Employee is required to use a transfer/gait belt or to obtain the assistance of another employee when attempting to assist residents when lifting or carrying objects in excess of 25 pounds. The employee must be aware that during the normal, routine performance of the essential functions, some of the following body movements may occur naturally, although they may not be a requirement of the job.