Frankly, the thought of a LNA or a CNA giving any
meds when she's working under my license scares the holy heck out of me. I don't have enough fine motor control in my hands now to take pills from the bottles without dropping some, so my husband puts them in daily pill containers and as careful as he is, I check every cubby before I take every dose, I check every single pill. He's never made a mistake, but the possibility always lurks just around the corner, just as it does with every dose given by an RN, LPN, or unlicensed person -- be it a spouse or a non-nurse allied health person.
Non-licensed persons know which pill is ordered but not about side effects, which pills and capsules can be cut in half and which can be safely crushed. While my husband was in rehab following foot and ankle surgery three years ago, his elderly roommate who had dementia, was given what amounted to a triple dose of Buspar for four days before his daughter visited and caught it. EEK!
My husband said the roommate was acting stranger than usual but no one listened to him or checked. Those doses were given by RNs and LPNs who knew about the 5 rights, but an aide could easily have made the same error and never have realized that a 3 pill dose each time was just too many pills to be a correct dose.
No one is perfect. We are all mere mortals. We make mistakes. I don't want the nurse who says she has never made a mistake to give me so much as a Tylenol because she's not an safe nurse. I'll take full responsibility for any and all meds mistakes I make but nt for an unlicensed employee who has had a few hours of meds training. No way! No how!