Certified Medication Aide
The Certified Medication Aide (CMA) is primarily responsible for administering medication to residents as prescribed.
Key responsibilities include:
- Administer and accurately record administration of medications for residents as prescribed by the physician in accordance with established Holbrook Life policies and procedures and applicable state/federal regulations.
- Observe, record and report to the Wellbeing Nurse or Director of Wellbeing and Life Services any symptoms and conditions of residents that could be related to medication interactions, adverse drug reactions or medication side effects.
- Determine and record effectiveness of medications in a timely and accurate manner as required by state and federal regulations.
- Obtain vital signs as indicated during the administration of medications including taking and recording temperature, pulse, and respiration, and monthly weights and blood pressures; document in the resident’s chart using required charting standards.
- Provide and promote resident’s rights during the assistance of the self-administration of medications.
- Monitor medications to ensure adequate accountability measures are taken when medications are ordered, received into the facility, administered and at change of shift.
- Routinely inspect, clean and monitor equipment and supplies to ensure resident safety; report any equipment or supply issues or shortages to the Wellbeing Nurse for correction or repair.
- Respond to residents’ family’s questions, concerns and requests in a timely manner.
- Understand and comply with Universal Precautions, following infection control standards for the community, hazardous waste policies and all safety rules.
- Be a Certified Nurse Aide AND a Certified Medication Aide in good standing with the State of Georgia CNA/CMA registry.
- Have at least 6 months of experience passing medications in a personal care home or assisted living community.
- Be CPR/First Aid-certified per state regulations.
- Have the knowledge and ability to obtain, record and interpret residents’ temperature, pulse, respiration rate, weight and blood pressure.
- Effectively read, write, speak and understand English.
- Possess knowledge of safe medication administration technique and demonstrate this knowledge with a medication error rate of 5% or below.
- Be committed to and passionate about serving customers and delivering best-in-class service.
- Continuously look for opportunities to “WOW” customers; always willing to go that “extra mile.”
- Have patience, tact, enthusiasm and positive attitude towards older adults and their families.
- Possess the ability to effectively and professionally engage, interact and collaborate with residents, residents’ families, associates, etc.
- Be proficient in Microsoft Word and Outlook and be able to navigate the internet and personal computer environments.
- Possess manual dexterity to handle delicate instruments and other equipment.
- Be able to lift and/or carry 30 to 50 pounds.
- Have the ability, availability and willingness to work nights, weekends and holidays as business needs/schedule dictates.
- Be willing to take, and able to pass, a drug screen, TB test and a physical.
- Be willing to consent to, and able to pass, a criminal background check.