Reports To: Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse
Exempt Status: Non exempt
FUNCTION: Administers oral and external medications to Residents under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse or a licensed practical/vocational nurse.
QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
Education and/or Experience: High school diploma or general education degree (GED), or one to three months related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred. Computer use may be required.
- Freedom from illegal use of drugs.
- Freedom from use and effects of drugs and alcohol in the workplace.
- Anyone found guilty by a court of law of abusing, neglecting or mistreating individuals in a health care related setting are ineligible for employment in the position.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations : Successful completion of a state approved course and is approved to administer oral and external medication.
LANGUAGE SKILLS : Must be able to express self adequately in written and oral communication and to communicate effectively in an interdisciplinary care setting with Residents, families, staff members, representatives of community and government agencies.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add and subtract three digit numbers, calculate percentage of whole, measure in cubic centimeters (cc) and measure in feet and inches. Ability to perform these operations using units of weight measurement, volume, length and height.
REASONING ABILITY : Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to solve problems.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS ANTI RESPONSIBILITIES:
Care and Services:
- Consults with licensed or registered nurse, physician or licensed independent practitioner.
- Prepares, administers and documents medications following accepted practices.
- Clarifies any order or treatment regimen believed to be inaccurate, ineffective or contraindicated by consulting with the appropriate licensed practitioner.
- Notifies the ordering practitioner when making the decision not to administer medication or treatment.
- Knows the rationale for the effect of medications and treatments and correctly administers same.
- Accurately reports and documents the Resident’s/Resident’s symptoms, responses and status.
- Monitors Residents who self-administer medications and report deviation from the plan of care to the licensed or registered nurse.
- Administers medications within the appropriate time frame.
- Identifies Residents before administering medications.
- Secures medication cart.
- Lists current medications and dosage schedules on the Resident’s medication or administration record.
- Records the administration of medication on the Resident’s medication sheet at the time the medication is given.
- Reports a drug administration error or drug reaction to the licensed or registered nurse.
- Takes and records vital signs upon administration of medications when required.
- Observes, follows and performs manufacturer’s recommendations including:
Roll or mix.
Do not crush.
Medication taken with food or antacids.
Medications administered with enteral nutritional formulas.
Instillation of eye medication.
Medication via metered dose inhalers.
Removes discontinued, outdated or deteriorated drugs from inventory.
RESIDENT RIGHTS: Promotes and protects residents’ rights, assists Residents to make informed decisions, treats Residents with dignity and respect, protects Residents’ personal belongings, reports suspected abuse or neglect in accordance with current professional standards and supports independent expression, choice and decision-making consistent with applicable law and regulation.
LEADERSHIP: Demonstrates willingness to try new tasks, generates new ideas for change, evaluates and recognizes priorities, challenges others to learn, keeps current and integrates new information, communicates and models organization values and fosters high performance.
QUALITY IMPROVEMENT: Applies QI methods and techniques and identifies processes for improvement in daily work.
ENVIRONMENT OF CARE: Demonstrates understanding of fire and emergency procedures, participates in fire and disaster drills, demonstrates understanding of safety and security procedures, demonstrates understanding of hazardous materials plan and demonstrates proper use of equipment.
INFECTION CONTROL: Applies hand washing principles during daily work, demonstrates understanding of isolation precautions, recognizes signs and symptoms of infection and complies with the employee health program, demonstrates understanding of the process for identifying and handling infectious waste, maintains personal hygiene, complies with OSHA standards in the work place and demonstrates understanding of cross-contamination.
INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: Enters or records data, promotes confidentiality of Resident information, logs onto the system using own password, logs off the system when leaving the work station, reports suspected violation of security/confidentiality issues and reviews data and identifies trends.
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Demonstrates active listening techniques, gains support through effective relationships, treats others with dignity and respect and seeks feedback.
CONTINUING EDUCATION : Attends in-service and education programs and attends continuing education required for maintenance of professional certification or licensure.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands or fingers, reach with hands and arms, talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance and stoop or kneel. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to blood or other body fluids, fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
JOB DESCRIPTION REVIEW: I understand the job description, its requirements and that I am expected to complete all duties as assigned. I understand the job duties, may be altered from time to time.
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