Certified Medication Aide

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    Is it true that CNA's can get certified as a medication aide? If so, how does one go about doing that? I'm taking a CNA course in July and I also like to be certified in dispensing medication. Does anyone know of any programs in Chicago/South Suburbs Illinois who offer this?

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    I am in Texas, and certified medication aides are extremely common here, especially in the nursing homes and assisted living facilities. In Texas, a certified medication aide is an experienced CNA who has completed a 4 to 6 month course that covers proper medication administration.
    DESTINED 2B NURSE likes this.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    I am in Texas, and certified medication aides are extremely common here, especially in the nursing homes and assisted living facilities. In Texas, a certified medication aide is an experienced CNA who has completed a 4 to 6 month course that covers proper medication administration.

    Thank you for responding. I have googled "certified medication aide programs in, Chicago, Illinois and nothing turned up. I'll keep looking and asking around, until I find some answers here in Illinois. Until then, I'll focus on completing this class and gaining experience!

    Thanks again,

    D2BN
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    I had to take a different class. It cost an extra 65 dollars. It was suppose to last 4 hours but was completed in about 30 minutes. What the instrutor goes over is common sense. Hope it goes well.
    DESTINED 2B NURSE likes this.
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    try qualified medication aide (QMA). Thats what they call it indiana.
    DESTINED 2B NURSE likes this.
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    It's new here in my part of Arkansas- one must be a CNA at least a year- classes here are for one sememster and meets all day on Fridays-
    Most nursing homes are taking the wait and see approach before they are using them- Nurses are not at all happy about medication aids- I'm still deciding if I want to go that route or not. But good luck to you
    DESTINED 2B NURSE likes this.
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    Wow for some reason here in florida our CNA classes are only for 1 week. Maybe its because the abundance of older people that we have. It seems like medtechs are welcomed here. Good luck to you as well.
    DESTINED 2B NURSE likes this.
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    Hey, Commuter.

    Never heard of this before, so I Googled it. Looks to me like they are further trying to erode the role of LVNs.

    If they can pay CMAs less than they do LVNs to do essentially the bulk of what most LVNs do in LTC, then why staff LVNs?

    What's your take on this?

    Best Regards,

    Michael

    Quote from TheCommuter
    I am in Texas, and certified medication aides are extremely common here, especially in the nursing homes and assisted living facilities. In Texas, a certified medication aide is an experienced CNA who has completed a 4 to 6 month course that covers proper medication administration.
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    Please, do NOT ever confuse a CMA ( medication aid) with a LPN ( Licensed Practical Nurse). One is a nurse, one isnt. There really is soooo much more to passing meds than just spooning them in.
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    True. But I wasn't confusing them.

    My question still stands. IF LTC facilities begin to use CMA's to pass meds, how will that affect LVNs.

    I'm assuming not positively. So, the question I posed to The Commuter I pose to you Egglady;

    "If they can pay CMAs less than they do LVNs to do essentially the bulk of what most LVNs do in LTC, then why staff LVNs?"

    Regards,

    Michael

    Quote from egglady
    Please, do NOT ever confuse a CMA ( medication aid) with a LPN ( Licensed Practical Nurse). One is a nurse, one isnt. There really is soooo much more to passing meds than just spooning them in.


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