Medication Aide

Website Oglala Sioux Lakota Nursing Home

To provide a continuum of excellent care and service to the ageing in a spirit of love, respect, and compassion, while honoring the culture of the Sioux Nation.

A Primary Objective

A primary objective of the staff is to help each resident attain and maintain the optimum of his or her physical and mental capacity, to be as self-sufficient as possible, and to continue to develop new interests that will give life content and purpose. Working with aging in a nursing care facility is both challenging and strenuous. It is also very satisfying. We strive to provide those we serve with the best possible care through the best utilization of available quality care.

What we Offer

  • Competitive Starting Wage
  • Day and Night Differentials
  • Excellent Benefits
    • 401 (K), Employer; Matches 4%
    • Health Insurance, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield
    • Dental Insurance, Ameritas
    • Vision Insurance, VSP
    • Life Insurance, Unum; Employer Pays for a 15k Policy
    • Aflac
    • Paid Time Off
    • Paid Holidays
    • Flexible Schedule
    • Referral Program

Job Description

Purpose of Your Job Position

The primary purpose of your job position is to assist in the administering of medications to residents as ordered by the attending physician, under the direction of the attending physician, the nurse supervisor or charge nurse, and the Director of Nursing Services. The administration of medications shall be in accordance with established nursing standards, the policies, procedures, and practices of this facility, and the requirements of this state.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Administrative Functions

  • Follow the policies and procedures of the facility governing the administering of medications to residents.
  • Note and report errors in the administration of medications.

Drug Administration Functions

  • Accurately and safely prepare, administer, and document the oral and/or topical medications that are commonly used in this facility and that may be ordered for resident use by the attending physician or the Medical Director.
  • Verify that any medications brought into the facility by a newly admitted resident are examined and identified by the attending physician or the facility pharmacy or pharmacist.
  • Follow the labeling policies and practices of the facility.
  • Ensure that all medications administered are properly labeled.
  • Assist with medication charting as directed by the Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse.
  • Follow facility procedures in regard to charting of medications.
  • Follow facility policies and procedures regarding the destroying of medications; assist in carrying out these rules under the direction of the facility pharmacist or Director of Nursing Services, including the documentation requirements.
  • Assist in documenting and removing medications that are discontinued by the attending physician.
  • Follow facility procedures governing drug receipt errors, including notifying the delivery source and the Director of Nursing Services.
  • Ensure that medication is returned and reordered except emergency drugs.
  • Ensure that documentation of the drug receipt error includes a written error report, signed by an observer/witness and you.
  • Follow facility procedures in holding medications for residents who are transferred from the facility or when a medication is discontinued by the attending physician.
  • Accurately measure, record, and report the vital signs of residents.
  • Observe and verify that medication is ingested or applied as directed. Document any instance where prescribed medication is not administered, including reason(s) for refusal.
  • Promptly notify the Charge Nurse, Nurse Supervisor, or Director of Nursing Services of any errors or reactions to medications by residents.
  • Follow the medication card practices of the facility.
  • Ensure that no medication is administered without a written, signed, dated order from an attending licensed physician.
  • Follow the facility procedure for recording the order in the resident’s clinical record, including the type, route, dosage, frequency and strength of each medication.
  • Verify the identity of the resident before administering the medication treatment.
  • Follow the facility’s procedures allowing residents to self-administer their medications.
  • Assist the Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse in monitoring and documenting all aspects of such self-administering.
  • Promptly notify the Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse of any failure of a resident to properly take any “self-administered” medications.
  • Follow established guidelines concerning the storage of drugs and biologicals.
  • Be familiar with the meaning and usage of common medical abbreviations, symbols, and terms relative to the administration of medications as used by the facility, pharmacists, and physicians.

Resident Rights

  • Maintain the confidentiality of all resident care information.
  • Ensure that resident interviews are conducted in private.
  • Report any complaints or grievances made by residents to the Director of Nursing Services.
  • Ensure that you treat all residents fairly, and with kindness, dignity, and respect.
  • Knock before entering the resident’s room.
  • Report incidents or suspected incidents of resident abuse to the DON immediately.
  • Honor the resident’s refusal of treatments or medication requests.
  • Report a resident’s refusal of treatments or medications to the nurse supervisor/charge nurse.

Working Conditions

  • Sits, stands, bends, lifts, and moves intermittently during working hours.
  • Is subject to frequent interruptions.
  • Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc., under all conditions and circumstances.
  • Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, personnel, and visitors.
  • Communicate with the medical staff, nursing personnel, and other department supervisors.
  • Works beyond normal working hours and on weekends and holidays when necessary.
  • Is involved in community/civic health matters/projects as appropriate.
  • Attends and participates in continuing educational programs.
  • Is subject to falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., throughout the work day.
  • Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.
  • Maintains a liaison with the residents, their families, support departments, etc., to adequately plan for the residents’ needs.
  • Follows established procedures governing the handling and disposal of infectious waste.


Education Requirements

  • Must be a Certified Nursing Assistant with Medication Aide certification as approved by the State.

Specific Requirements

  • Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.
  • Must possess the ability and willingness to work harmoniously with professional and non-professional personnel.
  • Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents.
  • Must be able to relate information concerning a resident’s condition.
  • Must be a Medication Aide, having successfully completed a state approved training program and any necessary examination and/or competency review.
  • Must provide documentation of such certification upon application for the position.
  • Must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.

Physical and Sensory Requirements

(With or Without the Aid of Mechanical Devices)

  • Must be able to move intermittently throughout the workday.
  • Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner.
  • Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
  • Must be able to see and hear or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to ensure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.
  • Must function independently, and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with residents, personnel, and support agencies.
  • Must be in good general health and demonstrate emotional stability.
  • Must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and at times hostile people within the facility.
  • Must be able to lift, push, pull, and move a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to assist in the evacuation of residents during emergency situations.

Additional information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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