This position supports Mercy’s philosophy of patient centered care by administering non-parenteral medications and performing selected procedures to assigned residents, under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse. The Certified Medication Tech is responsible for being knowledgeable about the purpose of drugs, their dangers, and contraindications.
Communicates appropriately to the geriatric population
Demonstrates knowledge of patient rights and ethical issues for the geriatric population.
Understand the unique needs of the geriatric population, such as nonverbal communication, fears, anxiety, and language and cultural barriers.
Demonstrates the ability to identify different sets of needs commonly related to physical limitations associated with the geriatric population.
Organizes and prioritizes daily work and makes adjustments, taking into consideration the needs of the patients and significant others, department, physicians and other staff.
Administers non-parenteral medications, and performs non-invasive treatments to a group of residents
Documents patient information on appropriate medical records and forms
Responds appropriately to emergencies and life threatening situations.
Observes and communicates to the licensed nurse any changes in patient condition and pertinent information regarding the patient.
Ensures accurate and clinically relevant information is communicated with patients, their families, and co-workers at hand offs and other times as needed. Takes all measures necessary to ensure the appropriate and involved parties have received necessary information in order to allow for the best possible patient outcome.
Obtain nurse approval prior to giving PRN medications.
Alerts the licensed nurse of any injectables that need to be administered to a resident.
Assists PCT staff as needed
Completes safety audits as assigned
Assists the nurse during emergencies as applicable
Performs glucose monitoring and quality improvement tests
Department Specific Duties
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated ability to provide safe and effective basic patient care.
Demonstrated knowledge of the purpose of drugs, their dangers, and contraindications.
Experience as a Certified Medication Tech in a long term setting - preferred
Employed in the same facility for at least six consecutive months prior to the start of the medication aide course - required
High School diploma or equivalent required
Licensure, Certification, Registration
Successful completion of a CNA program or Health Support Professional program with certificate in good current standing and active status required.
Successful completion of the Medication Aide program with proof of completion required.
Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS), in accordance with the American Heart Association required.
Iowa Dependent Adult Abuse Mandatory Reporter training required. Employee must submit certification of completed training prior to start or transfer date.