Certified Medication Aide

CentraState Healthcare System Freehold, NJ
Overview

As designated by the RN, administers medications in accordance with NJAC 8.36-9.3. Assists licensed nursing personnel in providing resident services by assisting residents with daily living activities, assisting with resident meals and maintaining the sanitation of residents' living areas.

Responsibilities

* Provides considerate respectful care focused upon the Residents' individual needs.

* Affirms the Resident's right to make decisions regarding his/her medical care, including the decision to discontinue treatment, to the extent permitted by law.

* Demonstrates the ability to obtain information and interpret information in terms of the needs of the age of the Residents cared for.

* Demonstrates an understanding of the range of care needed based on the age of the Residents cared for.

* Demonstrates knowledge of growth, development and/or adult health throughout the life span as appropriate to the job performed.

* Successfully completes life-span education as appropriate.

* Provides Resident supervision and/or assistance during self-administration of medications and documents accurately.

* Demonstrates the capability to understand the medication actions of each drug being administered including potentially significant drug interactions, side effects, and potential interactions.

* Assists in personal Resident care and transfers as necessary.

* Assists with Resident meal services and participates in the maintenance of the nutritional and hydration needs of the Resident.

* Performs light housekeeping duties efficiently.

* Notifies nurse immediately of Residents having pain/discomfort.

* Verbalizes understanding that pain management is a priority to Resident and nurse.

* Accurately reports concerns or a change in Resident status to the RN/LPN.

Qualifications

Education:

Completion of a medication administration course approved by the State Board of Nursing and State Department of Health and Senior Services. High school graduate or equivalency and additional training or experience as a nursing assistant.

Work Experience:

Related experience preferred.

Licenses and Certifications:

Medication Aide Certification/New Jersey required.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

Experience taking temperature, pulse and respiration are desirable. Strong professional, organizational, and interpersonal skills to effectively relate with all members of the healthcare team.

Physical Demands

Working Conditions:

Works in resident care areas with exposure to infectious diseases, dirt, dust and odors.

Exposure:

Daily potential for exposure to blood and/or body fluids.

Physical Demands:

Sitting - Rarely

Standing/Walking - Frequently

Kneeling/Stooping - Never

Bending/Climbing – Rarely

Reaching above shoulder, at waist or below waist - Occasionally

Lifting/Pushing or Pulling up to 40 pounds - Occasionally

Lifting/Pushing or Pulling over 40 pounds - Rarely

Typing/Filing - Never

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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