Certified Medication Aide (CMA)
REPORTS TO (TITLE):
DON/ Charge Nurse
Certified Medication Aides are responsible to assist in administering medications to residents as ordered by the attending physician and under the direction of the charge nurse and Director of Nursing Services. Medication administration will be in accordance with established nursing standards, policies, procedures, facility practices, federal and state requirements. The position may also entail other nursing directed activities including provision of personal care services, assistance, support and supervision for residents, and other designated duties assigned by the supervisor.
Delegation of Authority:
As the Certified Medication Aide you are delegated the administrative authority, responsibility and accountability necessary for carrying out your assigned duties.
• Demonstrates positive customer service when performing the roll of Certified Medication Aide with residents, family members, facility staff and medical staff.
• Displays flexibility, team spirit, compassion, respect, honesty, politeness and accountability when dealing with residents, family members and facility staff.
• Demonstrates an awareness of and sensitivity for residents rights in all interfaces with residents and family members.
• Communicates effectively via open, straightforward communication, including use of listening skills and by accessing the appropriate chain of command.
• Seeks validation of knowledge base, quality, decision-making and skill level by actively questioning when necessary.
• Participates in interdisciplinary communication activities, actively listens and actively contributes.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Attends daily reports at shift change.
• Administers medication and treatment as directed and within state and federal guidelines. .
• Ensures medication is never left unattended, or left with the resident, at the bedside.
• Keeps medication areas clean and orderly.
• Checks medication for refill.
• Contacts kitchen as to diet change.
• Does monthly vital signs and weights as assigned on all residents in units.
• Records pertinent information on in the Medication Administration Record (MAR) and gives report to next shift before leaving duty.
• Consults appropriate drug references to verify proper drug indication, dosage, route, purpose,
storage and administration guidelines and precautions, as well as interations and possible side effects of each medication
• If certificate allows, performs Clinitest and Acetest on diabetics.
• Helps monitor all controlled drugs according to established procedures in the facility.
• Helps provide a comfortable, orderly, clean, and safe environment in the facility.
• Assists or supervises daily personal hygiene of the residents.
• Assists in answering call lights.
• Reviews previous shift's documentation of MAR's, treatment records, and follow-up documentation in nurse’s notes.
• Assist department personnel in identifying and correcting problem areas, and/or the improvement of services.
• Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the department.
• Report all safety related issues to include occupational exposure to blood, body fluids, infectious materials, and hazardous chemicals in accordance with the facility’s policies and procedures governing accidents and incidents.
• Attend and participate in in-service educational classes and on-the-job training programs.
• Attend and participate in workshops, seminars, etc., as approved.
• Attend and participate in annual OSHA and CDC in-service training programs for hazardous chemicals, TB management, and blood borne pathogens standard.
Safety and Sanitation:
• Follow all established safety procedures and precautions when handling supplies and equipment.
• Report all incidents/accidents, no matter how minor, to your supervisor as soon as possible.
• Report equipment malfunctions or breakdowns to your supervisor as soon as possible.
• Report all unsafe/hazardous conditions, defective equipment, etc. To your supervisor immediately.
• Ensure that work/assignment areas are clean and equipment, tools, supplies, etc are properly stored before leaving such areas on breaks, end of work day, etc
• Keep your work area(s) free of hazardous conditions, i.e., grease/oil spills, excess supplies, equipment, etc., to assure that all established safety rules/regulations are followed at all times.
• Follow established policies and procedures concerning infection control when delivering supplies and equipment.
• Report missing/illegible labels and MSDS’s to the safety officer or other designated person.
• Maintain confidentiality of all pertinent resident care information to assure resident rights are protected including the right of refusal.
• Knock before entering a resident’s room.
• Supervised: N/A
• Supervisory Authority: N/A
• Supervised by: DON/Charge Nurse
• Must be able to move intermittently throughout the work day
• Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner.
• Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
• Must be able to see and hear or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to assure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.
• Must function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity and the ability to work effectively with residents, personnel, support agencies, and outside agencies.
• Must be able to push, pull, move, and/or lift a minimum of 20 pounds to a minimum height of four feet and be able to push, pull, move, and/or carry such weight a minimum distance of 25 feet.
• Must be willing to perform tasks that may involve exposure to the residents blood/body fluids.
• May be necessary to assist in the evacuation of residents during emergency situations.
• Move intimately during working hours.
• Work in assigned areas of the facility.
• Is subject to frequent interruptions
• Works beyond normal working hours and on weekends and holidays when necessary, as well as in other positions as needed.
• Is subject to call-back during emergency conditions (e.g., severe weather, evacuation, post disaster, etc.)
• Attends and participates in continuing education programs.
• Is subject to cuts, bruises, falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., throughout the work day, as well as to reactions from dust, disinfectants, tobacco smoke, and other air contaminants.
• Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.
• Communicates with nursing personnel, and other department personnel.
• May be required to work in cramped spaces.
• May be required to be On-call for emergency conditions/situations.
• May be subject to the handling of and exposure to hazardous chemicals.
• Must possess, as a minimum, a high school diploma or equivalent.
• Must be a CMA with a minimum of one-year experience in a long-term healthcare facility.
• Ability to complete on-the-job training
• Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.
• Must posses the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action in a timely fashion.
• Must posses the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.
• Must be knowledgeable of supply practices, procedures and guidelines.
• Must posses the ability to work harmoniously with other personnel.
• Must posses the ability to minimize waste of supplies, misuse of equipment etc.
• Must posses the ability to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing practices.
• Must be able to follow written and oral instructions.
• Must not pose a threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the work place.