In this course, you will learn ways that you can ensure the safe administration of medications including understanding the role of medication aides, the rights of medication administration, and other guidelines surrounding administration.
This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.
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 A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: The Role and Responsibilities of a Medication Aide A. Who Can Give Medications? B. Assisting vs. Administering C. Role D. Responsibilities E. Review F. Summary Section 3: The Rights of Medication Administration A. Meet Joan B. The Rights of Medication Administration C. Medication Label Components D. Review E. Summary Section 4: Guidelines for Safe Administration A. Route of Administration B. Indications and Contraindications C. Adverse Reactions and Side Effects D. Dosage of Medications E. Liquid Medications F. Solid and Semi-Solid Medications G. Measuring Liquids H. Crushing Medications I. Storing Medications J. Infection Control Practices K. Additional Considerations L. Review M. Summary Section 5: Assisting Residents with Delivery of Medication A. Oral Medication B. Topical Medication C. Eye Drops and Ointment D. Ear Drops E. Nasal Drops and Sprays F. Inhalers G. Review H. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam G. BrainSparks
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. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Staff Writer: Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN
Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN, Content Writer, Relias Learning, has held positions as staff nurse, charge nurse, research nurse clinician, and clinical instructor with over 25 years of clinical practice in a broad range of specialties: med/surg, pediatrics, long term care, mental health, research, and IDD. Prior to becoming a Registered Nurse, Ms. Schnaufer successfully challenged the Practical Nursing Boards in NY. After working with the Breast Oncology Research group at Duke, Ms. Schnaufer switched her focus to the area of IDD and worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues, who live in group homes. Among her various responsibilities in this area was to train direct support staff and clinicians in medical issues/medication administration, participate in state surveys, providing and implementing plans of correction, as well as, serving on various committees, such as Human Rights, to help improve the lives of the individuals supported. To this day, she continues to volunteer in this realm. A veteran of the U.S.A.F., Ms. Schnaufer is committed to creating relevant and intelligent continuing education courses for healthcare professionals throughout the continuum of care. Disclosure: Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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