Part Three of this Medication Management course series covers the process of assisting residents with taking their medications. You will learn about the differences between medication administration and assisting with self-administration of medication, the roles and responsibilities of unlicensed professionals in assisting with self-administration of medications, and the Five Rights of medication assistance. This course also presents step-by-step guidance for assisting with both oral and topical medications and best practices.
The content in this course is applicable to medication aides in assisted living facilities.
59A-36.011 Staff Training Requirements. Location: Online
This course is approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Facility Services - Group Care Licensure Section (NC-DHHS)
Program Sponsor ID #032316;
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Assisting with Self-Administration of Medications
Assisting vs. Administering
What Assistance Does NOT Include
The Role of Unlicensed Personnel
The Responsibilities of Unlicensed Personnel
Know Your Scope of Practice
Section 3: The Five Rights of Medication Assistance
When to Ask for Help
Section 4: Procedural Skills
Before You Begin
Pills, Tablets, and Capsules
Breaking or Crushing Pills or Tablets
Nasal Drops and Sprays
Eye Drops and Ointment
Transdermal Medications (Patches)
Section 4: Conclusion
Jennifer W. Burks is a Curriculum Designer in Post-Acute Care for Relias. She has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, "I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints." Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor All of the relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated.
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