Position Overview: Accurately administer and document medications ordered by Medical Providers. Perform all tasks as indicated within Resident Medicine Aide job description.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Effectively implements individualized resident care plans.
- Responds in a timely fashion to all resident requests.
- Provide timely, accurate and complete documentation on TAR’s and Resident Service Plans.
- Accurate, complete skin assessments and any changes reported immediately.
- Administers resident medications according to the institution’s policies and procedures without significant errors.
- Maintains accurate medication administration records as per established procedures; signs off medications as they are given.
- Notifies nurse in a timely fashion, of a change in a resident’s condition.
- Performs pulse and blood pressure measurements, and documents in MAR as needed prior to medication administration.
- Competently completes assignments in a timely manner.
- Administers medications to the assigned residents within the timeframe noted in the nursing care policies and procedures.
- Weekly and PRN update of resident’s ability to take medications to the charge nurse, i.e., the need for crushing or extra fluids.
- Administers prescribed routine oral, topical, suppositorial and optic medications as ordered by the Primary Care Provider.
- Participates actively in the care of the residents when assigned.
- Displays courtesy and respect.
- Manages difficult or emotional customer situations.
- Maintains resident confidentiality.
- Respond to all resident requests (verbally or call-light) for assistance.
- Resident privacy and dignity are maintained at all times.
- Smiles and consistently exudes a pleasant persona.
- Expresses genuine caring attitude to geriatric resident population.
- Competent in required job skills and knowledge, as evidenced by annual skills checklist.
- Knowledgeable in doing transfers safely.
- Ability to provide range of motion, proper positioning, and assist with resident ambulation.
- Proper use of Standard Precautions.
- Administers medication with knowledge of action, route of administration, side effects and contraindications.
- Obtains vital signs prior to administering specific medications and promptly reports any changes from normal.
- Gives complete report to charge nurse as needed during the day and at the end of the shift on all residents on assignment.
- Shares ideas to solve problems on the unit and looks for ways to improve unit.
- Exhibits good listening and comprehension.
- Selects and uses appropriate communication methods.
- Ability to work with others in a professional atmosphere.
- Willingness to assist others with their assignments.
- Acts as a role model for new employees.
- Contributes to building a positive team spirit.
- Uses all equipment safely and correctly.
- Utilizes gait belt appropriately.
- Reports malfunctioning equipment properly.
- Reports off to oncoming staff re: residents’ overall condition and equipment status.
- Assists in Dining Room regularly as assigned.
- Demonstrates a time-conscious awareness, keeping non-essential interruptions to an absolute minimum in order to complete resident care priorities.
- Demonstrates knowledge of emergency policies and procedures.
- Practices appropriate infection control measures.
- Verifies the identity of the resident before administering medications/treatments.
- Maintains neat and organized medication cart.
- Is well organized and ready to start assignment at the end of report.
- Willingly attends in-services to increase job knowledge and skills.
- Does not require reminders to perform tasks and complete assignment.
- Attends all staff meetings on the unit when scheduled to work.
- Assumes responsibility for own professional growth and development by attending scheduled in-services and all in-services that are provided to facilitate compliance with government regulations.
- Visibly displays ID Badge at all times.
- Is flexible and willingly works other units as dictated by resident need.
- Assumes responsibility for professional certification(s).
- Always ready to start report on time.
- Will accept changes in assignment on unit to include working as a RA when staffing needs dictate.
- Ability to accept constructive criticism.
- Demonstrates willingness and ability to learn new policies and procedures.
- Manages competing demands.
- Changes approach or method to best fit the situation.
- Schedules time off in advance.
- Begins working on time.
- Keeps absences within guidelines.
- Assumes responsibility for accurately recording own schedule.
- Flexible in meeting unit scheduling needs.
- Is not currently in the disciplinary process for attendance, lateness and/or clinical performance issues
- Perform any other responsibilities as assigned by management.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience: High School diploma or G.E.D. required. At least 6 month experience as a Resident Associate and has been employed by the community at least six months. .
Ability to read, write and speak in English.
License, Certificates, Registration:
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required stand and walk. The employee frequently is required to climb or balance. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and depth perception.
OSHA OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE CATEGORY: After careful analysis, it has been determined that this position falls into OSHA Occupational Exposure Category III and requires the following protective equipment be worn by anyone filling this position.
GLOVES, GOWNS, MASKS, AND/OR GOGGLES: Training will be provided in how to properly and effectively use any necessary equipment, in addition to education regarding precautionary measures, epidemiology, modes of transmission and prevention of HIV/HBV.