The OBON has implemented a pilot program for certified medication aides to run through mid-2007 in 80 LTC facilities. As an LPN, I now feel that my title and job security is threatened. If this pilot program is a success and Ohio allows STNAs to become med certified, where does that leave the LPNs? We'll become virtually non-existant. Instead of an LPN for each unit, there may be ONE for the entire facility and we'll be in charge of the CMAs. If there's a med error, would it be our license on the line? This whole thing is making my head spin.
I'm very upset over this. I can't wait to start LPN-to-ADN next year.
Here's the link ... http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/medicationAides.htm
Jul 9, '08
I know here in TX there are Med-Aides. they have to be a STNA first for X amount of time, then they have to go through a pharm course/med aide course and take a test (i believe) Most of the med aides work in LTC, and assisted living. i think med aids (at least here in texas) have been around quite some time. I'm not REAL familiar with all the ins and outs but there aren't very many Med-Aides that i know, most end up being an LPN or RN down the road.
Last edit by TashaLPN2006RN2012 on Jul 9, '08
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