The RN Medication Nurse provides nursing intervention and medication administration for a designated group of residents on a nursing unit and assures smooth operations of the unit for a designated shift.
- Administers medications for the unit(s) assigned in compliance with state regulations and pharmacy regulations to include IV medications and the flushing of PICC/other intravenous devices.
- Inserts, assesses and maintains patency of intravenous sites to include sterile dressing changes as ordered by the physician.
- Draws ordered laboratory samples from PICC lines and flushes line PRN.
- Familiar with each medication administered, is observant to resident's response to the medications, understands the optimal time for the medication, and confers with
the physician about the medication regime. Recognizes and informs the appropriate physician of significant changes in the resident’s health status and/or adverse reaction(s) to medication.
- Performs blood glucose monitoring, inhalation treatments, and other physical prescribed medical treatments/diagnostic test.
- Maintains medication and resident’s records, including the monthly Medication Administration Records (MAR’s).
- Processes medication refill requests per policy to ensure proper medication administration to assigned residents.
- Participates in resident assessment and care planning reviews and revises residents’ assessments and care plans as needed.
- Assures problems and complaints involving nursing services are reported to the Team Leader in a timely and appropriate manner.
- Communicates and coordinates care with residents and their families/significant others.
- Documents and leads others in the documentation of resident care.
- In conjunction with the Team Leader, directs, leads, participates and/or assists staff in delivering care.
- Inspects environment, identifies environmental problems and initiates requests for correction of environmental problems.
- Support and participate in facility quality assurance programs.