Certified Medication Aide (CMA) Trainee

Americare Union, MO

OPPORTUNITY

Our CMA Trainee is certified to administer medications under the supervision of licensed staff in accordance with state and federal laws, to residents within Americare skilled or assisted living facilities. Our CMA will provide residents with direct care to assure the quality of life in a home-like environment while offering additional support to family and visitors. CMA's maintain professional behavior while functioning as an interdisciplinary team member and meeting state and federal guidelines.

Critical Functions:

Administer prescribed medications to residents and maintain related medical records under supervision of a licensed nurse. Verifies the identity of resident receiving medication and records the name of drug and dosage and time of administration on specified forms or records such as MAR. Presents medication to resident and observes ingestion or other application, or administers medication, using specified procedures. Take vital signs or observe residents to detect response to specified types of medications and prepares a report or notifies designated personnel of unexpected reactions.

Document reasons prescribed drugs are not administered. Gives direct patient care, such as bathing, dressing, and feeding of residents and assisting with prescribed treatments. May receive the supply of ordered medications and assemble drugs administrator to the resident. May record and restock medication inventories.

Essential Functions:

* Preparation and administration and documentation at appropriate times of all medications other than parenteral unless licensed. May be required to provide resident treatments as ordered by resident's physician.

* Ability to provide direct physical and emotional care to resident including, but not limited to, personal hygiene, transferring, lifting, maintain records, confidentiality and assistance with activities of daily living.

* Recognize and report in a timely manner any change in resident condition to charge staff.

* Accurately observe, record and report resident care, condition or needs as well as concerns, food intake, output as ordered.

* Administer prescribed medications to residents and maintain related medical records under supervision of licensed nurse. Verifies identity of resident receiving medication and records name of drug, dosage and time of administration on specified forms or record.

* Presents medication and observes ingestion or other application or administers medication using specified procedures. Take vital signs or observe residents to detect response to specified types of mediation and prepares report or notifies supervisor of any unexpected reactions or lack of such. Documents reasons prescribed medications or treatments are not administered. May receive supply of ordered medications assemble drugs for administration to resident. Responsible for counting and documenting narcotics at beginning or end of shift.

* Support co-workers by providing assistance as needed or requested in resident care.

* Report in timely manner any accidents or incidents involving residents, staff, visitors.

* Communicate through report to staff on preceding and oncoming shifts.

* Admit and discharge or transfer residents with proper documentation noted in nurse notes and completion of necessary and required forms.

* Must be able to work independently or with peers to provide care of residents. Must be able to work eight (8) hour shifts unless otherwise designated by supervisor. Must be able to provide first aid as needed.

* Valid driver's license and ability to meet company requirement related to driving if required.

Training and Experience

* High school graduate or minimum age of 18 year of age

* Ability to communicate effectively with residents, co-workers, visitors and families

* Ability to and adhere to HIPAA regulations requiring confidentiality of resident information

* Demonstrate accuracy in observation, performance and reporting

* Required to work under direct supervision of licensed nurse

* Must become certified after training is completed

Key Competencies:

* Able to administer prescribed medication to residents and maintain related medical records

* Possess ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing residents needs and ADLs

* Possess ability to effectively communicate with supervisor, peers, family members and visitors

* Maintain resident confidentiality (HIPPA) at all times and adhere to residents rights

* Ability to recognize and adhere to the resident care plan and maintains safe living environment by utilizing safety equipment and communicating with charge staff any notable changes or concerns.

* Demonstrate professional behavior and performance as an Americare employee.

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