A CMA prepares, administers and documents medications given to facility residents under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) within regulatory time frames. In addition, the CMA will monitor residents vital signs as indicated; observe residents for expected actions; observe reportable, suspected and adverse reactions to medications administered; and prepare verbal and written reports related to successful or unsuccessful medication administration, changes in resident condition and/or departures from usual and routine organizational operations.
CMA Assisted Living/Certification/Licenses:
Must pass a Medication Aide course of 40 hours in length,
Must pass a state medication exam
Certified Medication Aide Skills and Qualifications:
Minimum age eighteen years of age
Understands, reads and speaks English (majority of residents language)
Having the ability to understand and follow instructions
Ability to manage multiple priorities
Knowledge of medical terminology, skill in administering nursing techniques including taking vital signs, medication administration and knowledge of possible side effects
Exceptional organization skills, ability to prepare and maintain accurate resident charts, reports and observations
Effective communication skills and interpersonal relations, understand and follow instructions;
Good problem solving and independent thinking skills
Knowledge of basic hygiene and sanitation practices and current accepted standards for infection control
Professional conduct and ethics
Able to relate information concerning a patient/residents condition
Maintains confidentiality;
Complies with a residents right to refuse to take medication;
Practicing safety in application of medication procedures;
Awareness of abuse and neglect reporting requirements; and complying with every recipients right to be free from physical and verbal abuse, neglect, and misappropriation or misuse of property.

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