Certified Medication Aid (CMA)
- Full Time
Administer medication to clients/members and provide nursing services in accordance with their needs under the supervisor of a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Ensure clients/members take the right medications at the right time and assist other staff members as needed.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Deliver routine daily medications, either prescription or non-prescription to clients.
- Coordinate with nurse to assist with patient care including taking clients to appointments
- Follow written or verbal instructions on how to manage mediations
- Respond to call light/code whites and code greens to assist with patient needs
- Track all prescription and non-prescription drugs administered, keeping meticulous records of dosage times and amounts.
- Ensure clients/members take their medication.
- Follow all organization standards and regulations to ensure the safety of clients/members and staff.
- Complete additional assigned duties as directed by nursing services.
- Assist Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) with routine cares for the clients/members when nursing assistance is not needed as directed by the nurse on duty.
- Complete monthly medication passes and attend the required number of CMA in-services as outlined in the Opportunity Living Medication Administration Policy.
- Serve as advocate for client/member rights.
- Maintain flexibility of schedules to provide adequate coverage.
- Assist in ensuring the effective and efficient operation of the organization by performing all duties as assigned by supervisor/manager.
- Maintain professional competency by participating in continuing education, in-services, and personal growth experiences.
Protect the privacy of clients/members and staff by maintaining confidentiality of records and personal information and follow all policies and procedures under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
- High School Diploma or GED. Someone currently pursuing a Diploma or GED will be considered.
- Current Medication Aide certification.
- Keen attention to detail.
- Able to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays
- Good understanding of medical and pharmacological terminology
- Training and/or experience in developmental disabilities preferred.
- Must have a sincere respect for and desire to work with persons with disabilities.
- Commitment to Opportunity Living’s Mission and Vision.
- Must have the ability to communicate with all persons in a culturally competent manner.
- Ability to pass criminal/registry background checks.
- Clear tuberculosis screening.
- Ability to pass and maintain required trainings such as CPR/First Aid, Dependent Adult/Child Abuse, and Behavior Management Program, or other training as assigned per specific job duties.
Working Conditions & Physical Demands
The working conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Works in a changing environment that adjusts to the needs of the individuals being serviced. The environment may be fast-paced with interruptions, distractions and deadlines. Must be flexible and be able to adjust to changing needs or activities. Depending on the needs of the individuals, the work can be physically demanding including transferring or supporting people with mobility needs, lifting or moving items over 50 pounds, walking or standing for extended periods of time or providing support through CPR/First Aid, behavioral support, and other interventions. Regularly required to use hands to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. Noise level is usually mild to moderate.