Title: Medication Associate
Reports to: Director of Wellness, Nursing Staff
The Medication Associate (Med Assoc.) administers prescribed medications and treatments to residents who need assistance following the standard practices and policies for safe administration at all times.
The Med Assoc. observes the resident taking the medication, notes effects including any unexpected or adverse effects, correctly documents the required information for each resident in either the e-MAR computer system or paper documentation as appropriate, communicates with the DOW/ADOW, nurse, or designated personnel of any concerns or observations.
Routine Functions of the Position :
Administers resident medications and treatments as assigned, and complies with all state laws and regulations and Country Meadows/Ecumenical Community polices and procedures in the medication process, including shift narcotic count.
Administers medications one resident at a time, mindful of the process and communicating clearly with the resident and other staff as necessary.
Observes any changes in residents usual behavior, condition or functional abilities that may or may not be related to medications. Reports those observations to the nurse in the time that fits the seriousness of the concern.
Documents and reports missed medications and refused medications. Reports any medication errors promptly to the nurse and assists in completing the medication error report.
Responds promptly to resident requests for PRN medications.
Observes for effectiveness of medications when indicated, i.e medications given as needed for specified conditions (pain, diarrhea, constipation, itching, etc.) and documents results.
Seeks direction from the nurse for any treatment or medication orders that are unfamiliar, different from usual practice or are in any way questionable.
Respects residents right to refuse medication. Investigates the residents decision to refuse and attempts to dispel inaccurate information. Reports refusal to nurse.
Maintains and follows all medication related procedures including documentation, narcotic counts, reporting of medication errors (either personal error or discovery of error by other). Notifies the nurse immediately of any variation from policy.
Consistently utilizes Standard Precautions and follows infection control procedures as indicated.
Provides social and emotional support, including sensitivity to resident needs for privacy and for socialization, encouragement and assistance to participate in activities, reminders of appointments, and assistance maximizing resident independence.
Interacts and communicates with resident and residents family in a manner that shows respect and promotes confidence in the teams ability to meet their expectations. Refers family to nurse or administration for service/care concerns.
Promptly informs supervisor about any additional resident needs, unusual events, suspicions of abuse, or changes in condition/behavior.
Participates in the facilitys customer support/service planning process, which includes attending planning meetings, and using the support/service plan daily when assisting with medications or providing care.
Identifies out of date or unused PRN medications that should be discontinued and /or discarded and notifies the nurse.
Restocks the medication cart with cups, straws, spoons, etc. as needed and maintains cart cleanliness.
Promptly reports any e-MAR software or computer problems to the appropriate persons and seeks assistance to troubleshoot computer documentation issues.
Recognizes and reports fire/safety hazards in the building and on campus. Promptly reports maintenance needs to supervisor.
Practices all appropriate safety precautions to minimize risk of injury to resident, self and other co-workers.
Participates in required annual trainings to maintain the mandatory continuing education requirements for direct care workers and medication associate, as well as other training opportunities to promote self-development. Contributes to the development of the care team by helping new co-workers learn job tasks and responsibilities.
Practices responsible teamwork as evidenced by participation in facility meetings, commitment to workgroups efforts to improve operations or resolve problems, and a willingness to lend assistance to other facility and campus co-workers.
Performs other duties as assigned. The med assoc. is responsible to assist with other shift duties when not engaged in passing medications.
Critical Success Factors:
Either possesses or is willing and able to learn the following:
Successfully completes the state Medication Assistance Course for the state in which the facility is located (Pennsylvania or Maryland), and related training requirements.
Maintains up-to-date medication certification requirements.
Successfully completes the e-MAR training requirements.
Exhibits a positive customer service attitude, which includes showing respect, friendliness and willingness to assist others, the consistent completion of job duties, and having a well-groomed appearance.
Displays personal initiative to complete work without constant supervision.
Demonstrates reliable work attendance and takes responsibility to address work-related problems with the proper individuals.
Uses communication skills that include careful listening, sensitivity to the emotions attached to the message, thoughtful responses, and timely and accurate reporting to the appropriate people.
Maintains commitment to confidentiality that pertains to both resident and co-worker information. Relates personal information only to appropriate supervisory co-workers for action or attention.
Demonstrates skill in judging the importance and urgency of events. Is able to recognize and differentiate which resident-related problems are within the Med. Associates scope to address and which require intervention from the nurse or other supervisor.
Approaches work with a flexible attitude. Can change course of activity with changing resident demands without experiencing undue stress or frustration.
Stand/walk up to eight hours a day.
Sit up to four hours a day.
Frequently support up to 70 pounds.
Occasionally lift/carry up to 50 pounds.
Frequently kneel, bend, squat, climb and reach.
Push/Pull up to 100 pounds.
Secure proper assistance for transferring and lifting of residents as needed.
Workplace includes the entire building excluding the attic.
Experience: Entry level position. Prior direct care experience preferred. Education: High school diploma or GED. Certification/License: Current CPR certification preferred.
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