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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

  • $25,710

    Average Salary

What Does A Medication Aide Do At Children's Village

* Adheres to all Agency and departmental Safety Procedures including reporting any unsafe practices, equipment and environment, and takes an active role in correcting the unsafe practice, equipment or environment through proper notification.
* Provides routine care to the children admitted to the infirmary including vital signs, meal preparation, hygiene, quiet activities, treatments and care of environment.
* Assists nurse with management of the clinic.
* This includes vital signs, heights and weights, basic first aid treatment, incident reports, clinic log, triage phone calls.
* Administers medications and treatments under the supervision of the nurse.
* Transports children to the emergency rooms and medical appointments and ensures medical reports and prescriptions are returned to the unit nurse.
* Assists with on-site health programs- optometry services.
* Maintains clean, safe environment including laundry maintenance, infirmary rooms, kitchen area.
* Maintains medical filing, first aid kits, ice packs, car maintenance.
* Inputs medical information into the electronic medical record

What Does A Medication Aide Do At English Meadows

* Adheres to and conveys the philosophy of Assisted Living
* Has awareness and practices in accordance with the regulations of the state.
* Receives report from the previous shift
* Reads the communication log and shower schedule for information and changes at the beginning of each shift.
* Documents in the communication log and Progress notes, as appropriate throughout the day.
* Assist residents with ADL, environmental orientation, vital signs, first aide and wound care.
* Communicates with outside health care professionals.
* Practices good infection control and universal precautions
* Review new orders and MARS daily
* Uses EMAR system as appropriate
* Orders, stores and assists with medication according to current physician orders and community policies.
* Performs medication pass as needed, in a timely and correct manner.
* Assist with resident care as needed
* Assist with resident meals as needed
* Assist with residents moving in or out
* Monthly weights as assigned
* Responsible for changing 02 tubbing every 2 weeks, changing filters as assigned.
* Observes and communicates any changes in resident physical or mental condition.
* Completes and reviews incident reports as needed.
* Reviews and is responsible for cleanliness and organization of Nurses Station.
* Assists with training of new team members.
* Supervises and monitors Resident Assistants
* Review service plans, complete level of care change forms when necessary
* Maintain service plans, may participate in Service Plan reviews.
* Maintain current resident record for each resident including but not limited to, obtaining current physician orders, clarifying orders, and alert charting.
* Avoids loss, breakage and waste of supplies and equipment.
* Maintains a neat and orderly nurses station and medication cart.
* Responsible to make sure that medication cart is properly organized and stocked for next shift.
* Wears name tag at all times.
* Has a working walkie on them during their shift.
* Maintains clean, neat, comfortable, safe environment for residents, team members and visitors, including housekeeping duties as assigned.
* Assures residents at risk of wandering are safe and secure with a wander bracelet.
* Responsible for answering and responding to call lights, door alarms as needed.
* Knows and follows Emergency Procedures, Elopement and all other procedures.
* Performs all other duties assigned by RCD or Administrator
* Must attend and/or complete all assigned training to meet DSS regulations
* Responsible for keeping resident information confidential; respecting resident rights; respecting privacy

What Does A Medication Aide Do At Erickson Living

* include the following.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Hospitality:_
* Hospitality is a fuzzy warmth you give to customers as you handle their needs with heart-felt care and concern.
* It’s the smile you wear, the tone of your voice, and your actions that say you are thrilled they are there and will do all you can to make sure they have a wonderful time."
* Strives to exceed resident expectationswith heart-felt care and concern, demonstrating the Erickson Living Mission and Values at all time.
* Learns and honors resident preferences.
* Responds in a timely fashion to all resident requests or concernswith the intent on a resolution that meets the needs of the individualwhile always displaying courtesy and respect.
* Works cooperatively and collaboratively with other members of the neighborhood to ensure all resident’s desires and needs are met, displaying a courteous, positive attitude and professional demeanor even during difficult situations.
* Effectively implements each person directed care plan, focusing on the resident’s strengths while providing a sense of comfort, companionship and belonging.
* Maintains resident confidentiality.
* Escorts residents when assistance is needed to travel from one location to another.
* Understands the principles of aging; observes residents closely, identifies changing needs and conditions at first indication, and reports changes immediately to licensed clinical team members.
* Respects the resident’s room as home and assist the resident in feeling in charge of everything that happens within their daily activities and personal space.
* Notifies a responsible coordinator, manager or supervisor of a situation not in their ability to handle.
* Programming:_
* Spontaneous activities occur throughout a resident’s day and are driven by the resident’s individual habits, preferences, desires and interests.
* Staff will continue to support those resident driven activities through their workday such as:
* A resident was a homemaker and enjoys household chores - staff will involve the resident in bed making or laundry folding along side staff who are performing the activity.
* Regularly visits residents who are in their rooms or common areas to assess needs, desires and offer assistance engaging them in the daily activities within the neighborhood.
* Supports and encourages residents to participate in self care, then provide assistance as needed.
* Works with other team members (residents and/or staff) to engage the resident is activities of daily living and maintaining the functioning of the neighborhood (i.e., laundry, cooking, meal planning/preparation/serving/cleanup, etc.).
* Provides assistance with resident activities.
* Continually seeks opportunities to meet resident’s psychosocial needs through planned care, neighborhood specific programming as well as spontaneous resident directed activities.
* Provides opportunities for all residents to participate in the decision-making of the neighborhood in meaningful ways.
* Assist group and individual activities (structured and impromptu) in activity spaces, common areas and in the resident’s room to support resident desires.
* Maintains equipment, games and supplies for use in supporting resident and neighborhood activity choices.
* Neighborhood duties:_
* Shares resident preferences with other staff using appropriate communication methods and reports on their assigned resident’s condition at the end of each shift.
* Demonstrates a time-conscious awareness, keeping non-essential interruptions to a minimum in order to complete resident care priorities.
* Shares ideas to improve processes in the Neighborhood.
* Contributes to building a positive team spirit.
* Attends and actively participates with Interdisciplinary Team meetings to identify strength based approaches and skills for assigned residents.
* Collaborates with clinical team to resolve problems responsibly and facilitate decision-making at the level closest to the resident.
* Works collaboratively with other team members, volunteers, families and community groups while providing friendly and efficient service to all residents and guests.
* Works safely at all times.
* Identifies and corrects safety deficiencies;Reports malfunctioning equipment promptly.
* Shares personal skills, talents and ideas to benefit the neighborhood; deals with workplace issues quickly and professionally, asking for mediation when needed; encourages team to do the same.
* Responds quickly and appropriately in emergency situations.
* Maintains dependability and punctuality, shows flexibility and willingness to learn new areas of responsibility.
* Dresses in appropriate uniform at all times
* Visibly displays ID Badge at all times.
* Maintains compliance with all required education and training programs.
* Participates in Performance Improvement/Risk Management/Safety activities to monitor and improve resident outcomes.
* Selects and uses appropriate communication methods; works with others in a professional atmosphere; acts as a role model for new employees; contributes to building a positive team spirit.
* Care Associate specific Duties_*_:_
* Provides personal care in a calm, professional and clinically proficient manner; respecting residents’ privacy, dignity and safety.
* Adheres to all Nursing Department policies, procedures, and care standards.
* Participates in the dining experience with other team members in serving, clearing, cueing, and feeding, based on residents’ strengths.
* Administers medications per State specific regulations, where applicable.
* Responds quickly and appropriately to provide emergency first aid when needed.
* Provides accurate and timely documentation through computer applications and written documentation.
* Effectively implements individualized resident care plans.
* Performs accurate and complete skin assessments and reports any changes immediately.
* Performs resident rounds at least every 2 hours for toileting, repositioning, assessing hydration, etc.
* Maintains competency in the required job skills and knowledge.
* Possesses the knowledge of safety procedures during resident transfers; utilizing gait belt appropriately.
* Provides range of motion, proper positioning, and assistance with resident ambulation.
* Utilizes proper Standard Precautions.
* Uses all equipment safely and correctly.
* Demonstrates knowledge of emergency policies and procedures.
* Practices appropriate infection control measures.
* Assumes responsibility for maintaining professional certification(s).
* Changes approach or method to best fit the situation.
* Administers resident medications according to the Continuing Care’s policies and procedures without significant errors.
* Maintains accurate medication administration records as per established procedures; signs off medications as they are given.
* Notifies clinical staff in a timely fashion, of a need for prn medication or any change in a resident’s condition.
* Performs pulse and blood pressure measurements, and documents in MAR as needed prior to medication administration.
* Competently completes assignments in a timely manner.
* Provides weekly and PRN updates to the charge nurse of a resident’s ability to take medications, i.e., the need for crushing or extra fluids

What Does A Medication Aide Do At Diversicare Healthcare Services & Diversicare Ther

* Work under the supervision of a licensed vocational nurse or a registered professional nurse to perform the following duties:
* After authorization by the facility’s licensed nurse or the resident’s treating physician, administers PRN medications.
* Organizes assigned medication duties to pour, pass, and document all routine prescribed medications and to give PRN medication only upon the instruction of the licensed nurse.
* Must document all PRN’s according to State Standards in all areas of the chart.
* Observe and report to the facility’s charge licensed nurse reactions and side effects of medication commonly administered to nursing facility’s residents.
* Take and record vital signs prior to administration of medications which could affect or change the vital signs.
* Administer and document regularly prescribed medications which the medication aide is permitted to administer only after personally preparing (setting up) of those medications to be administered.
* Document the medications given in the resident’s clinical record.
* Administer oxygen per nasal channel or a non-sealing face mask only in an emergency.
* Immediately after the emergency, the medication aide shall verbally notify the licensed nurse on duty or on call and appropriately document the activity and notification.
* At discretion of charge nurse, count narcotics, give all routine prescribed narcotics, and document same on individual sheet and medication sheet

What Does A Medication Aide Do At The Landing at Stone Oak

* Distribute oral and topical medications to residents as prescribed Document all med administration Report reactions to medications, changes in behavior, and other signs and symptoms of potential problems Keep medications, med carts and med storage areas organized and clean Scrupulously following procedures to ensure that medications are refilled on a timely basis Working as a caregiver as needed All memory care staff receive special training about dementia and our person-centered model of memory care.
* Franklin Park was selected as one of San Antonio s Top Workplaces in 2014 and 2016.
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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 Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Vietnamese

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Hindi

  • Chinese

  • Persian

  • Hebrew

  • Dutch

  • Russian

  • Carrier

  • Armenian

  • Hmong

  • Croatian

  • Thai

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Top Medication Aide Skills

  1. Vital Signs
  2. Facility Policy
  3. ADL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Measured and recorded vital signs while administering medication as directed.
  • Passed medications and gave treatments according to physician's orders and in accordance with facility policy.
  • Assist residents with ADL's according to their care plan.
  • Experience working with hospice, compassionately helping patients near the end of life with comfort and reassurance.
  • Process medication and treatment orders including creating and editing medication administration records.

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