MEDICATION AIDE (NORTH CAROLINA)

MEDICATION AIDE (NORTH CAROLINA)

PURPOSE OF YOUR JOB POSITION

The primary purpose of your job position is to administer specific medications and provide routinenursing care in accordance with our established policies and procedures, as may be delegatedby the RN/LPN Hall Nurse, Director of Nursing, or Administrator, and as allowed in this state, to assure that quality resident care is continuously maintained.


MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Listed below is an outline of the duties and responsibilities that you will be required to perform

Even though your job description is broad, every effort has been made to make this outline as complete as possible. HOWEVER, we must emphasize that you MAY be required to perform other related duties and activities.

  • Receive assignments and check your resident schedule
  • Report on and off duty
  • Perform assigned duties in accordance with our established policies and procedures, nursing care procedures, and our safety rules and regulations
  • Verify the identification of a resident before administering care, serving food, administering medications, etc. to assure that appropriate care is being provided to the correct resident
  • Administers medications (oral to include buccal and sublingual, eye, ear, nasal, inhalant, transdermal, topical, vaginal, and rectal; excludes injections of any type, IVs, and medications given through feeding tubes such as gastrosotomy or nasogastric, etc.)
  • Documents the administration of all resident meds given correctly on the MAR (medication administration record), controlled substances sheet, and in residents’ chart according to facility’s policy
  • Reviews MAR (medication administration record), controlled substances sheets, and other records such as documentation of behavior records to assure that all documentation is complete
  • Reports any unusual occurrences when medications are given to or taken by residents such as refusal by resident, medications are held or not given, medication is not available, to the unit nurse
  • Obtains vital signs to include blood pressure, pulse, and temperature required for medication administration and/or as assigned by the licensed nurse
  • Performs glucose blood sugar monitoring by fingerstick and documents results as assigned by the licensed nurse
  • Performs pulse oximeter monitoring with documentation of results as assigned by the licensed nurse
  • Maintains the security of all medications by assuring that medication room and medication cart is kept locked as required
  • Assists with maintaining a clean medicine cart and medication room. Cleans equipment such as glucometer according to facility’s policy
  • Orders medications by utilizing facility’s present system for this process
  • Replenishes medication cart supplies and notifies the unit nurse when supplies need to be restocked or reordered
  • Performs treatment application of creams, ointments, lotions, and simple dressing changes as assigned and under the supervision of the licensed nurse
  • Assist residents with dental and mouth care
  • Assist residents with identifying food arrangements (i.e. informing blind residents of where food is located on the tray)
  • Assist with trays and feeding of residents. Remove trays when finished
  • Perform after-meal care as required (cleaning resident’s hands, face, clothing, etc.)
  • Assist in preparing residents for meals (taking to/from dining room, serving trays, placing clothing protectors, assisting in feeding or cutting foods, supervision in dining room, etc.)
  • Assure the resident’s food is accessible and self-help devices are available as needed
  • Record resident’s food intake as directed
  • Feed residents who cannot feed themselves
  • Serve extra nourishment in accordance with established nursing care procedures
  • Serve drinking water as required. Assure that water pitchers are cleaned and filled with fresh drinking water daily
  • Bathe residents as assigned and in accordance with our established nursing care procedures
  • Dress residents neatly and in their own clothing. Assist residents in dressing as necessary
  • Comb and brush resident’s hair daily. Shampoo as instructed
  • Clip and trim toe nails, fingernails, eyebrows, etc. as directed (except diabetics)
  • Shave male residents daily, or as instructed
  • Observe and report to the licensed nurse the presence of pressure areas
  • Assist residents to/from bathroom. Offer bed-fast residents bedpans, urinals, portable toilet, etc. Clean and store such equipment AFTER EACH USE. (Report intake/output as directed)
  • Keep incontinent residents clean and dry as possible. Change bed linens and clothing as often as necessary
  • Make beds, clean bedside tables, clean bedrails, etc. as well as other housekeeping duties that relate to nursing care procedures
  • Assist residents in preparing for tests, x-rays, therapy, activities, physician visits, religious services, etc. to include transporting residents to/from such activities
  • Move and turn bedfast residents as directed
  • Apply physical restraints to resident as directed by licensed nurse. Assure resident’s physical restraints are loosened in accordance with established policies
  • Assist residents into chairs, beds, bathroom, bathtubs, showers, etc
  • Report all resident complaints to the nurse
  • Assist residents to walk with or without self-help devices as necessary
  • Perform restorative and rehabilitative procedures as directed
  • Report any resident leaving the premises, or who has left the premises, to the nurse immediately
  • Assure that the nurses call system is attached to the bed when residents are bedfast and within easy reach of the resident
  • Answer resident calls promptly
  • Report any resident abuse immediately (i.e. harsh/abusive language, unnecessary roughness, etc.)
  • Report any medication found in the resident’s room. Take it to the nurse as directed
  • Wash hands after caring for each resident
  • Follow infection control procedures as established by the facility when isolation precautions are necessary
  • Ensure that residents’ rights to fair and equitable treatment, self determination, individuality, privacy, property, and civil rights, including the right to wage a complaint, are followed
  • Maintain CONFIDENTIALITY of pertinent resident care information to assure resident rights are protected
  • Report all accidents/incidents, regardless of how minor, to the nurse as soon as possible
  • Report all hazardous conditions and equipment to the nurse immediately
  • Attend and participate in inservice educational programs, on-the-job training programs, etc. as directed
  • Assure that work/assignment areas are clean and equipment, supplies, etc. are properly stored before leaving such areas on breaks, end of work day, etc.
  • Performs other related duties as may become necessary or as directed by the RN/LPN Hall Nurse, Administrative Nursing, or Administrator



WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Works in well-lighted/ventilated work areas, as well as throughout the nursing service areas
  • Sitting, standing, bending, lifting, and moving intermittently during working hours
  • Subject to interruptions
  • Involved with residents, family members, personnel, visitors, etc
  • Subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, etc
  • Communicates with nursing personnel and other department supervisors as necessary
  • Willingness to work beyond normal working hours and in other positions temporarily when necessary
  • Subject to falls, infectious diseases, substances, odors, etc. throughout the work day
  • The facility will make reasonable accommodations that will permit an employee to perform the essential functions of his or her position


Full-Time
Health Care, Professional Services, Other
Experience: Not Specified
05/26/2017

 

Lake Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Lake Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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