JOB TITLE: Medication Tech (Charge Caregiver)
REPORTS TO: Resident Care Coordinator/RCC, RN, Administrator
JOB SUMMARY: The Medication Tech is responsible for medications, treatments and resident care duties as assigned by the RCC and/or Administrator. This position administers medications according to acceptable standards. The CMA or Charge Caregiver engages in the practice of Nursing within the scope of the Nurse Practice Act under the guidance and delegation of a licensed Registered Nurse. If appropriate, answers questions of residents and their family members. Insures that the medication area is kept clean. The Certified Medication Tech is responsible to insure that the next shift has a responsible and qualified staff member on duty to administer resident medications.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Adheres to and conveys facility’s philosophy of maintaining elements of self-care and encouraging independence.
- Takes report from outgoing nurse or Med-Tech.
- Gives report to oncoming nurse or Med-Tech.
- Fills out Incident Report for resident and/or personnel when an incident occurs on shift.
- Takes and records vital signs as ordered and otherwise when necessary, i.e. monthly or daily as instructed by supervisor.
- Administers medication and treatments as assigned within the scope of practice.
- Maintains accurate, complete and confidential resident medication and care records, according to established procedure.
- Notifies the supervisor immediately when a resident becomes severely ill or injured.
- Keeps Med carts orderly, clean and appropriately stocked.
- Monitors self-medication program of residents when ordered by the physician, or assigned by charge nurse.
- Notifies a supervisor at once if noting any adverse reaction of medication on resident, or awareness of medication error.
- Observes and communicates to the charge nurse any changes in resident physical or mental status
- Communicates as needed with doctors, families, and other appropriate parties, concerning resident status, changes in status, need for appointment, etc.
- Passes morning, afternoon, and evening nourishment/medications, staying with each resident until the nourishment/medication is consumed, then charts appropriately.
- As appropriate, provides leadership to other shift personnel
- Remains calm during emergencies.
- Assists in all care of residents, as needed. This includes occasional lifting requirements of equal to or greater than 50 pounds.
- Maintains noise level at all times.
- Assists in dining room.
- Reports all needed repairs to supervisor.
- Demonstrates knowledge of infection control, i.e. adequate hand washing.
- Maintains upkeep and cleanliness of med carts and medication room.
- Responsible for recording and/or restocking of medications from pharmacy after receiving proper instructions. Responsible for locking and storing narcotics until turned over to pharmacy.
- Responsible for ordering cycle fill medications.
- Assists LN with transfer and/or transportation arrangements.
- Responsible for gathering and recording I & O’s.
- Assists in other nursing duties as appropriate and as assigned by supervisor.
- Responsible for ordering new and routine medications as ordered by physician.
- Age 18 years or older
- Enjoys working with the elderly
- Must deal with public, visitors and residents in a tactful manner.
- Able to handle complaints graciously
- Able to follow directions
- Completed First Aid and CPR training
- Must have patience, be cheerful and enthusiastic
- Well groomed
- Frequent lifting requirement of less than or equal to 20 pounds, occasional lifting requirement of greater than or equal to 50 pounds.
Prefer: Currently certified in the state as CMA.
Six months on-the-job experience as CMA and prior supervisory experience.