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Become A Medication Aide

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Working As A Medication Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $25,623

    Average Salary

What Does A Medication Aide Do

Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.

Duties

Nursing assistants provide basic care and help with activities of daily living. They typically do the following:

  • Clean and bathe patients or residents
  • Help patients use the toilet and dress
  • Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
  • Listen to and record patients’ health concerns and report that information to nurses
  • Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
  • Serve meals and help patients eat

Some nursing assistants also may dispense medication, depending on their training level and the state in which they work.

In nursing homes and residential care facilities, assistants are often the principal caregivers. They have more contact with residents than other members of the staff. Because some residents stay in a nursing home for months or years, assistants may develop close relationships with their residents.

Orderlies typically do the following:

  • Assist patients with moving about the facility, such as pushing wheelchairs
  • Clean equipment and facilities
  • Change linens
  • Stock supplies

Nursing assistants and orderlies work as part of a healthcare team under the supervision of licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses and registered nurses.

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How To Become A Medication Aide

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program and must pass their state’s competency exam. Orderlies generally have at least a high school diploma.

Education and Training

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program in which they learn the basic principles of nursing and complete supervised clinical work. These programs are found in high schools, community colleges, vocational and technical schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

In addition, nursing assistants typically complete a brief period of on-the-job training to learn about their specific employer’s policies and procedures.

Orderlies typically have at least a high school diploma and receive a short period of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved education program, nursing assistants take a competency exam. Passing this exam allows them to use state-specific titles. In some states, a nursing assistant or aide is called a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but titles vary from state to state.

Nursing assistants who have passed the competency exam are placed on a state registry. Nursing assistants must be on the state registry to work in a nursing home.

Some states have other requirements as well, such as continuing education and a criminal background check. Check with state boards of nursing or health for more information.

In some states, nursing assistants can earn additional credentials, such as becoming a Certified Medication Assistant (CMA). As a CMA, they can give medications.

Orderlies do not need a license, however, many jobs require a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, which shows they are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Nursing assistants and orderlies must be able to communicate effectively to address patients’ or residents’ concerns. They also need to relay important information to other healthcare workers.

Compassion. Nursing assistants and orderlies assist and care for the sick, injured, and elderly. Doing so requires a compassionate and empathetic attitude.

Patience. The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients or residents can be stressful. Nursing assistants and orderlies must have patience in order to complete these tasks.

Physical stamina. Nursing assistants and orderlies spend much of their time on their feet. They should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or moving patients.

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Medication Aide Career Paths

Medication Aide
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Adjunct Instructor Executive Chef
Dietary Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Case Manager Program Director
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Residence Coordinator Assistant Director Of Nursing Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Records Clerk Specialist Direct Support Professional
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Records Clerk Home Health Aid Activities Director
Life Enrichment Director
7 Yearsyrs
Residence Coordinator Case Manager Patient Care Manager
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Unit Secretary Service Representative Service Supervisor
Patient Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Unit Secretary Front Desk Coordinator Front Office Manager
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Medical Technologist Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Security Officer Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Technician Service Manager
Service Director
10 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Licensed Practical Nurse
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Developmental Aide 4.0 years
Psychiatric Aide 3.2 years
Restorative Aide 3.0 years
Nurses' Aide 2.3 years
Health Aide 2.3 years
Care Associate 2.2 years
Med Technician 2.2 years
Hospice Aide 2.2 years
Medication Aide 2.0 years
Resident Care Aide 1.9 years
Resident Aide 1.6 years
Hospitality Aide 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Medication Aide
Cashier 10.5%
Teller 2.5%
Waitress 2.2%
Internship 2.2%
Aide 2.1%
Volunteer 2.0%
Top Careers After Medication Aide
Cashier 4.8%
Internship 2.1%

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Medication Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

82.9%

Male

15.5%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

64.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

9.0%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.7%

French

6.0%

Arabic

6.0%

Hindi

4.5%

German

4.5%

Italian

3.0%

Portuguese

1.5%

Chinese

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Persian

1.5%

Dutch

1.5%

Sindhi

1.5%

Russian

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%

Armenian

1.5%

Hmong

1.5%

Urdu

1.5%

Croatian

1.5%

Thai

1.5%
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Medication Aide Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.1%

Kaplan University

8.9%

Bellevue University

8.9%

Southeast Community College Area

8.1%

Northeast Community College

5.7%

ECPI University

5.3%

Chemeketa Community College

5.3%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

4.5%

Central Community College

4.5%

Wayne State College

4.0%

Tyler Junior College

4.0%

Pioneer Pacific College

3.6%

Metropolitan Community College

3.6%

Portland State University

3.6%

Oregon State University

3.6%

Everest Institute

3.2%

Walden University

3.2%

Portland Community College

3.2%

Navarro College

3.2%

Grand Canyon University

3.2%
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Majors

Nursing

27.8%

Medical Assisting Services

13.7%

Business

8.5%

Health Care Administration

7.8%

Nursing Assistants

7.4%

Psychology

4.6%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

3.7%

General Studies

3.1%

Medical Technician

2.9%

Pharmacy

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.6%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.0%

Social Work

1.9%

Management

1.9%

Human Services

1.9%

Biology

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Education

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Cosmetology

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

40.7%

Bachelors

21.0%

Associate

16.7%

Certificate

8.1%

Masters

5.2%

Diploma

5.1%

License

2.4%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Top Skills for A Medication Aide

  1. Vital Signs
  2. Facility Policy
  3. Blood Pressure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Document vital signs, medication administration resident behaviors associated with medication administration and facility incident and accident reports.
  • Passed medications and provided direct care to facility residents in accordance to physician's orders and in accordance with facility policy.
  • Observed residents to include checking vitals (blood pressure), reported observations and updated residents' charts.SWEET GRASS ASSISTED LIVING-Mt.
  • Position: Residential Aide Responsibilities included assisting with ADL's, taking vital signs, and acting as lead medication aide.
  • Processed physicians' orders, passed medication, documentation of completion and provided support to supervisor.

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