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Certified Medication Aide
Summary
Title:Certified Medication Aide
ID:DSP-CMA 3
Department:Client Services
Description
CERTIFIED MEDICATION AIDE:  Full-time position available. This position gives medications, follows medication treatment and charting, and knows residents and reactions to medications.  Position will follow and abide by all guidelines. Must have 60 hour certified nurse aide course and medication administration course in the State of Iowa. Position will work rotating weekends and some holidays. Will be required to have the ability to lift 50 lbs.

 
TITLE:     CERTIFIED MEDICATION AIDE                                                                     DEPARTMENT:   ICF/ID
RESPONSIBLE TO:   DIRECTOR OF NURSING
 

KIND OF WORK:
 
                OBJECTIVE: UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING, THIS POSITION HAS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DAY TO DAY CARE OF ASSIGNED PARTICIPANTS AND THE DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF SELF HELP SKILLS TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS.  WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF PROFESSIONAL, REGULATORY, FACILITY, AND PHYSICIAN ORDERS, ADMINISTERS MEDICATION TO ASSIGNED INDIVIDUALS.  WORKS WITH LICENSED NURSE.
 
              DUTIES:
                            *GIVES ONLY MEDICINES/TREATMENTS FROM WRITTEN ORDERS FROM THE PHYSICIAN.
                            *KNOWS OR LOOKS UP THE INFORMATION ABOUT MEDICATION (I.E. USE, PURPOSE, SIDE  EFFECTS, WARNINGS).
                                            *KNOWS SPECIAL PHYSICAL CONDITIONS OF EACH INDIVIDUAL (I.E. ALLERGIES TO CERTAIN MEDICATIONS, ABILITY TO SWALLOW, ETC.)  THAT MIGHT AFFECT HOW MEDICATION AND/OR THE INDIVIDUAL WOULD REACT.
                            *FOLLOWS PROPER MEDICATION/TREATMENT ADMINISTRATION RULES AND  CHART/RECORD PROPERLY.
                            *MEASURES RIGHT DOSAGE.
                            *ONLY GIVES MEDICINES SET UP BY SELF.
                            *ONLY USES PROPERLY IDENTIFIED MEDICATIONS RECEIVED FROM THE PHARMACY IN
                                      READY-TO-USE FORM (UNIT DOSE).                                        
                            *AIDS NURSE AT WORKSHOP WHEN NEEDED.
                            *AVOIDS DISTRACTIONS DURING MEDICATION PASSES.
                            *READS EACH MEDICINE CARD AND MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION RECORD (MAR)  CAREFULLY.
                            *READS THE LABEL ON THE MEDICATION CONTAINER CAREFULLY THREE TIMES
                                      DURING MEDICATION PASS, CHECKING THAT THIS LABEL IS THE SAME AS THE
                                      MEDICATION ORDERED ON THE MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION RECORD.
                            *NEVER TAKES MEDICINE FROM AN UNMARKED OR SOILED CONTAINER.
                                            *KEEPS ALL CONTAINERS TIGHTLY CLOSED TO PREVENT ANY CHANGES FROM OCCURRING TO THE MEDICATION.  REPORTS CHANGES IN MEDICATION TO DIRECTOR OF NURSING.
                            *DOES NOT HAVE ANY PARTICIPANT CARRY THE MEDICATION OR ADMINISTER
                                      MEDICATIONS TO OTHER INDIVIDUALS. 
                            *WHEN ADMINISTERING MEDICATIONS TO INDIVIDUALS, CHECKS THE NAME ON THE
                                      MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION RECORD (MAR) BY COMPARING THE NAME ON THE
                                      MAR WITH THE INDIVIDUAL’S PICTURE FOR IDENTIFYING, ASKING HIS/HER NAME,
                                      OR ASKING A RESPONSIBLE THIRD PARTY TO VERIFY THE INDIVIDUAL’S IDENTITY.
                            *GIVES THE MEDICATION WITHIN ONE HOUR OF SCHEDULED TIME AND REMAINS AT
                                      THE INDIVIDUAL’S SIDE UNTIL THE MEDICINE IS TAKEN,
                            *WHEN INDICATED, PROVIDES PRIVACY FOR THE INDIVIDUAL DURING MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION (I.E.  RECTAL MEDICATIONS).
                            *DOES NOT RETURN MEDICATION TO THE CONTAINER WHEN REFUSED OR NOT TAKEN.
                            *GIVES THE INDIVIDUAL ANY NECESSARY INSTRUCTION TO ENSURE THE CORRECT AND SAFE ADMINISTRATION OF A DRUG.  FOLLOWS DRUG PROGRAMS WITH
                                      INDIVIDUALS.
                            *REPORTS ANY ERROR IMMEDIATELY, TO THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING.  IMMEDIATELY  FILLS OUT MEDICATION ERROR FORM.
                            *FOLLOWS NURSES’ JUDGEMENT IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF PRN MEDICATIONS.  (MEDICATION AIDES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE MEDICAL ASSESSMENTS OR
                                     
 
                                      ANY MEDICAL JUDGMENT CALLS.) 
                            *OBSERVES INDIVIDUAL FOR THERAPEUTIC OR SIDE EFFECTS FROM MEDICATIONS AND REPORTS AS NECESSARY.
                            *OBTAINS, REPORTS AND RECORDS ACCURATE VITAL SIGNS INCLUDING BLOOD
                                      PRESSURE, RESPIRATION, TEMPERATURE, APICAL PULSE, WHEN INDICATED.
                            *OBTAINS, ACCURATE WEIGHTS MONTHLY OR BI-WEEKLY AND DOCUMENTS
                                      INFORMATION, COMMUNICATING WITH DIRECTOR OF NURSING AND DIETARY
                                      SERVICES SUPERVISOR.
                            *OBTAINS TREATMENT MAR AND MEDICATION MAR AT CHANGEOVER AND FILES IN 
                                      APPROPRIATE MEDICAL CHARTS.
                            *MAINTAINS SUPPLIES AND ORDERS AS NEEDED.
                            *OBTAINS PHARMACY CONCERNS AFTER NURSING HAS REVIEWED AND FILES IN
                                      APPROPRIATE MEDICAL CHARTS
                            *FOLLOWS DESIGNATED TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES TO ENSURE CONSISTENT DELIVERY
                                      OF SERVICES.
                            *ATTENDS ALL REQUIRED MEETINGS.
                            *FOLLOWS CHAIN OF COMMAND AND CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION.
                            *FOLLOWS ALL HANDICAPPED DEVELOPMENT CENTER POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.
                            *ADHERES TO THE CENTER’S CALL IN AND TIME OFF POLICY.
                            *MAINTAINS EXCELLENT ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY.
                            *UPHOLDS THE MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY OF THE CENTER.
                            *ENSURES ALL RESIDENTS ARE TREATED WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT.
                            *PROVIDES NECESSARY SUPPORTS TO ALL RESIDENTS REGARDLESS OF HEALTH OR
                                      BEHAVIORAL CONCERNS.
                              OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
 
              KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
                            ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WELL.
                            ABILITY TO BE POSITIVE, CARING, CALM, COOPERATIVE, UNDERSTANDING, TACTFUL  AND PLEASANT.
                            ABILITY TO WORK WITH PEOPLE AND BE FLEXIBLE.
                            ABILITY TO MEET PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENT (I.E. CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK).
                            ABILITY TO MEET EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS (I.E. HEALTH SCREENING, TB TEST).
                            ABILITY TO LIFT FROM FLOOR/CARRY/TRANSFER INDIVIDUALS AND ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT IN EXCESS OF 50 POUNDS.
                            ABILITY TO WITHSTAND EXPOSURE TO USUAL DISEASES AND CONDITIONS
                                      ASSOCIATED WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.
                            ABILITY TO CARRY/ESCORT INDIVIDUALS IN EXCESS OF 50 POUNDS AND UTILIZE
                                      BEHAVIOR TECHNIQUES DURING BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS.
                            ABILITY TO USE COMPUTER TO NAVIGATE AND ENTER INFORMATION INTO WEB-BASED SOFTWARE AND PERFORM BASIC FUNCTIONS RELATED TO COMPUTER USE. (I.E. KEYBOARDING, EMAIL, DATA ENTRY)
 
              TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
                            HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED EQUIVALENT.
                            60 HOUR CERTIFIED NURSES AIDE COURSE.
                            MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION COURSE IN THE STATE IOWA.
                            PREVIOUS WORK WITH ADULTS OR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES OR NURSE AIDE  EXPERIENCE PREFERRED.
 
                            * DENOTES ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION.

THE STATEMENTS HEREIN ARE INTENDED TO DESCRIBE THE GENERAL NATURE AND LEVEL OF WORK BEING PERFORMED BY EMPLOYEES ASSIGNED TO THIS POSITION. THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE CONSTRUED AS AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF ALL RESPONSIBILITIES, DUTIES, AND SKILLS REQUIRED OF PERSONNEL SO EMPLOYED.
REVISED 10/17
 
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