Medication Aide Overview
The MA-C’s role is to assist the nurse in one of the many tasks related to the safe administration of medication. The MA-C is allowed to pass limited types of medications to specific types of patients. Licensed nurses may delegate selected tasks of medication administration to MA-Cs, and therefore licensed nurses are accountable for the delegation and supervision of MA-Cs. MA-Cs cannot replace the licensed nurse’s role in the administration of medications, as nurses must still exercise their judgment when administering medications, such as deciding when to administer a PRN drug; assessing clients such as evaluating the need for, or response to, medication; educating the patient; and performing the conversions or calculations of drug dosages whenever necessary. 100 CEUs are available. Call CCHEC at 307-328-9274 to learn more.
• Be at least 18 years of age;
• Have a high school diploma or a GED;
• Have a current unencumbered certified nursing assistant certificate;
• Work in an area where opportunities exist to complete the competency skills tests (Long Term Care);
• Have earned the CNA II certification through the Wyoming State Board of Nursing.
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The MA-C curriculum consists of 60 hours of didactic training, which will include work in a skills lab and/or simulation facility and online learning, in addition to 40 hours of supervised clinical practicum. The elements of this standardized curriculum include the essential content, practical/actual experience, demonstration of skills and a competency exam.
1. Medication Fundamentals: Medication Orders, Documentation, Storage and Disposal; Mathematics, Weights and Measures; Forms of Medication; Medication Basics
• Discuss the various tasks to be performed for medications to be safely ordered, recorded, administered, disposed of and stored.
• State the ways to measure medications.
• State the different forms in which medication can be manufactured
• Identify different names of medications and accepted abbreviations. List the different effects medications can cause, locally and systemically. Discuss what should be known about a specific medication prior to giving that medication.
• List the three safety checks of medication administration. Identify the six rights of medication administration.
• Describe basic steps of medication preparation prior to administration.
2. Safety: Prevention of Medication Errors; Causes and Reporting of Medication Errors;
• Identify information needed about the patient and the medication prior to administration.
• Identify common causes of medication errors
• State what steps should be taken when a medication error occurs.
3. Communication and Documentation: Building Relationships; Reporting of Symptoms or Side Effects; Report Any Change from the Client’s Normal Condition; Documentation of Medication Administration; Role of the Delegating/Supervising Nurse
• Discuss building relationships.
• State when the nurse must be notified due to a change in the client’s normal condition, vital signs, pain or other alterations.
• State documentation requirements for medication administration.
• Explain the responsibilities of the delegating/supervising nurse when delegating medication administration to the MA-C.
4. Medication Administration: Routes of Administration; Factors Affecting How the Body Uses Medication; Classes of Medications Related to Body Systems and Common Actions; Location of Resources and References;
• Identify common methods of medication administration.
• Identify the classifications of medications; state common effects of medication on the body.
• Identify resource materials and professionals to contact for clarification of medication questions.
5.) Ethical and Legal: Role of MA-C; The responsibility of MA-C when accepting delegation tasks; Rights of Individuals; Specific Legal and Ethical Issues; Safety and Rights of Medication Administration;
• Identify when a delegated task should or should not be performed by the MA-C.
• Recognize when and how to report errors and what should be reported to the licensed nurse.
• Distinguish between the tasks a MA-C can and cannot accept.
• Define redelegation.
• Identify skills that enhance the delegation process
• Describe the rights of the client.
• Discuss the types of abuse that must be reported.
• Describe examples of the types of legal problems that can occur.
• List the three steps to take before medication is safe to give.
• Recognize the numerous rights that must be followed before and after medication is administered.
FINAL MODULE: Practicum:
• The learner will demonstrate safe administration of medications to clients in a clinical setting. This will be 40 hours of supervised clinical practicum, where the supervisor observes medication administration; gradually increasing the number of clients to whom the student administers medications. Students will successfully complete all assigned skills per a checklist, which incorporates all five of the didactic modules.