Medication aides are certified nursing assistants who attain training and certification in dispensing medication to patients under a registered nurse or a physician. Since this role requires an individual to be very responsible, there are a lot of skills that employers require when hiring a medication aide.
One of the prime responsibilities of a medication aide is to observe patients for changes or deterioration which is why it is important for them to be aware of their surroundings and possess keen observation skills. They also need to be able to take initiative in emergency situations. Keeping their eyes and ears open to what is happening around them is important. Knowledge of using medical terminology and dispensing medication is also very important in this field as is the ability to educate patients and their families about the disease and the treatments that they are going through.
Since medication aides are certified nursing assistants with advanced training and skills, they need to possess the ability to administer direct patient care and empathize with patients and families as part of a patient-nurse relationship building process.
• Track record of administering prescribed oral, nasal, sublingual and ophthalmic medication
• Well-versed in initiating oxygen and administering life-saving drugs in emergency situations
• Able to administer medication as per J-Tube, G-Tube and NG-Tube
• Proficient in conducting hemocult testing and administering insulin injections
• Proficient in observing and reporting reactions and side effects of medication
• Effectively exercise confidentiality and maintain patient integrity during medication administration
• Functional knowledge of operating medical equipment such as ECG machines and glucometers
• Tenacious and dependable in events of medical emergencies following failure of reaction of administered medication
• Exceptional communication and listening skills aimed at understanding patients’ predicaments and providing solutions to ease their discomfort
• Willing to accept responsibility during high risk patient care directives and cases
• High energy level to handle many patients simultaneously without compromising on quality of medical services
• Complete understanding of metered dose inhalers
• In-depth knowledge of complex medical terminology and its use in A&E, surgical and post-surgical environments
• Complex problem solving skills aimed at initiating resolution directives during patient regress
• Knowledge of applying topical medications, common reactions and immediate resolutions
• Hands-on experience in obtaining and recording oximeter readings and blood and urine reports
• Recognized for effectively sterilizing equipment and tools by following hospital waste management procedures