Hey everyone I have been asking this question everywhere and even spoke with a couple ER nurses and they wouldn't tell me, but a few other people have told me that it is, indeed, illegal.
I work through an agency but at people's homes (home health aide etc.) I'm just nervous that if it is illegal, I don't want to continue working there.
I am in school full time for dental hygiene so nursing isn't what I want to do otherwise I would get certified as a medicine aide.
The main reason I won't do it to keep my job is because if they are willing to not be honest with their employees and put them at risk like this, they're not someone I'm willing to trust.
Jul 26, '12
Seeing as how some of you were so quick to attack me and then questioned yourself shows this was a good question.
Does it matter if the poll is for opinions or facts? I simply wanted an answer and sometimes people don't like answering if they aren't 100% sure so I wanted to see what the majority said.
Also, I spoke with the Health Department and a few other companies near me. CNA's, Home health aides, and caregivers are NOT to administer medications; it is highly illegal unless there is a nurse present that has the correct qualifications.
What if someone didn't know certain meds couldn't be taken together and they had a reaction? CNA's/HHA's have no training or anything. It's scary and I for one would not want one administering meds to my family member so I'm not about to administer meds to them.
An example, A bedridden patient that cannot do anything for themselves, including use their fingers, needs maximum assistance in everything. I would physically need to open the pill bottle and put it in their mouth (high illegal) whereas a patient that just needs slight monitoring but only needs very minimum assistance will only need a med. reminder and I can open the bottle or something but I cannot get the pills out or put them in my client's mouth.
This is definitely not a good website and I will not, 100% recommend it to anyone. I also will not come back for future assistance because I don't appreciate getting attacked when I ask a very genuine question that not only affects me, but affects my client's as well.
Last edit by CJcaregiver on Jul 26, '12