A certified medication aide is a certified nursing assistant (CNA) that has completed additional classroom training to be certified to dispense medications to patients while working under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Training is usually 4 months, and includes 140 hours of supervised clinical practice. A certified medication aide must hold a high school diploma or GED, in addition to state CNA certification. The ideal certified medication aide is very detail-oriented, organized, and self-motivated. Certified medication aides must be people-oriented, as they generally work with the geriatric population, in nursing homes, retirement communities, assisted-living facilities, and home health settings. The hours can vary, and include nights, weekends, and holidays. Generally work schedules are flexible, and can range from 4 to 12 hour days. Opportunities for overtime are plentiful. Working conditions are generally favorable. Work is indoors, but may require frequent standing and heavy lifting. Certified medication aides, as members of the healthcare field, are frequently in demand and are afforded an above-average salary based on experience.
Certified Registered Medication Aide Tasks
- Monitor patients and report changes in condition or vital signs.
- Follow written and/or oral instructions to administer medications and document dosages and times.
- Assist nurses in providing care and medications.