Certified Medication Aide (CMA)

Full Time
Story City, IA 50248
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Bethany Life is a non-profit, faith based organization that has been serving older adults for 100 years, employing over 200 employees throughout our continuum of care. We offer a comprehensive benefit package, great working environment, and located just a short drive from Ames.

Job Summary:

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.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Follow the policies and procedures of the facility governing the administering of medications to residents.
  • Note and report errors in the administration of medications.
  • Perform administrative requirements, such as completing necessary forms, charts, reports, etc., and submit these as may be required.
  • Maintain a friendly, productive, working relationship with other members of the department of nursing, attending physicians, the Medical Director, and pharmacists.
  • Report any complaints or grievances made by residents to the Director of Nursing Services.
  • 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 biochemicals.
  • 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.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the resident's comprehensive assessment as necessary.

CMA positions available for multiple shifts including every-other weekend

We support our team members by offering:

  • Highly competitive Wages
  • Health/Dental Insurance Plans
  • Flexible Benefits
  • Life Insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Discounted meals at Tom & Stevie’s Bistro
  • Free access to our wellness center

Experience

Must be a licensed Certified Nursing Assistant in accordance with laws of this State and successfully completed the Certified Medication Aide/Assistant course.

*Employee must be with the company for 6 months before bonus is dispersed. At the end of 6 months employee must be proficient in all competencies, have good attendance and not have a warning on the performance improvement plan.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, PRN

Pay: $19.00 - $20.50 per hour

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Medical specialties:

  • Geriatrics

Physical setting:

  • Long term care
  • Nursing home

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Holidays
  • Weekend availability

Supplemental pay types:

  • Differential pay
  • Overtime pay

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Story City, IA 50248: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Required)

License/Certification:

  • Certified Medication Aide (Required)

Work Location: One location

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