Medication Aides assist patients in accurately taking oral, topical or intravenous medications that must be administered in correct dosages and/or follow a strict medical protocol. A CHHA or CNA cannot administer medication without a Medication Aide certification. Of further assistance to both CNA and CHHA professionals, a Medication Aide is allowed to administer medication without supervision.
Their duties include:
• Administering routine oral medications
• Overseeing medications managed through inhalation or applied topically
• Documenting and recording medication management noting adverse reactions and changes in the patient’s condition
• Monitoring vital signs (pulse, blood pressure, respiration, and temperature)
• Noting, monitoring and reporting any behavioral changes
In most cases, medication aides are directly supervised by doctors, registered nurses or other licensed caregivers. For this reason CNA/CHHA professionals will earn this certification to improve their employment opportunities. Employment can be found in assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation facilities and correctional institutions.
Job opportunities are especially plentiful in the health care profession. Employment for medication aides is projected to grow 21% from 2012-2022, by the bureau of Labor Statistics. This is faster than average for all careers.
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