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Medication Aide

Course Overview

Questions

If you have questions about the medication aide online training program, please contact us.

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Phone: 605-668-8475
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Annual Review

The SD Medication Administrative Annual Review DVD can purchased. Call 605-668-8475 for details.

This course is designed to prepare an Unlicensed Medication Assistant (UMA) for employment and to meet the qualifications for administering medication in approved health care facilities in South Dakota.

Program Design

  • Educate Med Aides to understand their role in the nursing process, including appropriate acceptance of delegated tasks with legal and ethical implications.
  • Help Med Aides expand their skills with interpersonal interactions and assist them in ensuring patient/resident rights are met.
  • Provide Med Aide training regarding body structure, function, and life span considerations.
  • Instruct Med Aides in basic pharmacology, medication administration, as well as safety and infection control while administering authorized medications.
  • Provide a broader understanding of medication routes to be administered in relation to body systems, disorders, and disease processes.
  • Provide Med Aides with a variety of learning modes.

Benefits

Benefits

This program addresses the need for employee retention and quality care in addition to preparing the Med Aide to safely and accurately administer medications. The content is designed to comply with federal and state requirements for the role of Med Aide in a variety of health care settings.

For the Student/Employee

  • Reduce stress— use techniques that enhance positive interactions in the workplace while providing students with the skills to ethically and legally manage challenging health care situations
  • Prepare for Medication Administration— through content that incorporates safety as well as infection prevention and control
  • Prepare for the future—present students with the concepts that help bring wisdom and compassion to the workplace

For the Organization

  • Increase retention—educate Med Aides using contemporary teaching/learning methods
  • Increase creativity and innovation—encourage Med Aides to engage in life-long learning
  • Improve service—embed customer service, medication safety, and medication training in all aspects of Med Aide training
  • Improve safety—provide training with safety in medication administration
  • Inspire passion and engagement—personalize the role the nursing assistant plays in caring for patients and residents

Requirements

Required Materials

For this course each student will need the following materials:

  • Textbook: Sorrentino, S. & Remmert, L. 2009), Mosby’s Textbook for Medication Assistants, Mosby: St. Louis, MO. ISBN: 978-0-323-04687-9
  • Online access to Avera Med Aide Online Training Program© Self-Paced Classroom
  • Med Aide Facility Training Documentation form
  • 1:1 Clinical Skills Checklist
  • Online (in program) printable materials, including printable course grades located on the website.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent documentation submitted to the Facility RN Instructor

Course Requirements

This self-paced Online course is divided into thirty-five learning chapters. Students are guided through the course material via a course Syllabus and Online learning prompts. The entire program is progressive; therefore the student must successfully complete each component. There are two Online Chapter Units that follow the corresponding text chapters with Quizzes, proctored Online Unit Exams, an Online Laboratory and Quiz, a 3 hour 1:1 Skills Performance Evaluation, for a total of 20 hours. The entire program must be completed within 90 days of username and password are provided.

Students must be registered to begin the program. The Facility RN Instructor will be responsible for registering their students for this course and maintaining student username and passwords, and a secure Exam code. Independent students register themselves Online for the course and communicate with AESS to set up times to take Exams. The 1:1 Skills Performance Evaluation must also be scheduled with AESS if completing at the AESS location.

Upon Completion of Each Online Chapter and Quiz

Record Online Chapter Quiz result for each Chapter of Unit 1, Unit 2, and the Online Laboratory (Quizzes may be repeated until a score of at least 85% is achieved) onto the Med Aide Training Documentation form.

NOTE: Unit Exams are time limited, requiring student to complete all questions within the Exam time limitations as follows: Unit 1 Exam = 2.0 hours; Unit 2 Exam = 2.5 hours

Step 1

After completing Unit 1 (Text Chapters; Online modules 1-4, 6, and 8-13; and Online Quiz - with results of at least 85% on each), the student must complete the Online Unit 1 Exam as proctored by the Facility RN Instructor or designee. The proctored Online Unit 1 Exam may be repeated once after first attempt (the student may review missed questions), to achieve a required score of at least 85%. Facility RN Instructor or designee is responsible for logging in the student to take the exam, using the Exam code (student is NOT to have access to the Exam code at any time). If the retake is unsuccessful the student must restart the program as a new student, submitting new program payment to AESS. Upon successful completion of Unit 1, students may advance to Unit 2. Unit 1 Exam results are to be recorded on the Training Documentation Form. Exam time limitation for Unit 1 is 2.0 hours. All Exam questions must be answered within the required Exam limit time.

NOTE: All Unit Exams must be proctored by a SD Board of Nursing approved proctor. To become an approved proctor, visit the SD Board of Nursing website.

Step 2

Once Unit 2 is completed (Text Chapters; Online modules 5, 7, and 14-35; and Chapter Quiz - with results of at least 85% on each), the student must complete the Online Unit 2 Exam as proctored by the Facility RN Instructor or designee. The proctored Online Unit 2 Exam may be repeated once after first attempt (the student may review missed questions), to achieve a required score of at least 85%. Facility RN Instructor or designee is responsible for logging in the student to take the exam, using the Exam code (student is NOT to have access to the Exam code at any time). If the retake is unsuccessful the student must restart the program as a new student (starting with Unit 1), submitting new program payment to AESS. Upon successful completion of Unit 2, students may advance to the Online Lab and Quiz. Unit 2 Exam results are to be recorded on the Training Documentation Form. Exam time limitation for Unit 2 is 2.5 hours. All Exam questions must be answered within the Exam limit time.

Step 3

After successfully completing both Unit 1 and Unit 2 Exams, the student may advance to the Online Lab and Quiz, which takes approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes to complete, plus time for the Lab Quiz. The Online Lab Quiz may be repeated until a score of at least 85% is achieved. The student will record the Online Lab Quiz result, in the same manner as the Unit 1 and Unit 2 Chapter Exams.

Step 4

The student may then complete the 1:1 Skills Performance Evaluation (mock medication pass) with an instructor at a time convenient for the Instructor. The Facility RN Instructor may choose to complete the 1:1 Skills Performance Evaluation, which can be done by using Lab or clinical methodology (most common), or they can choose to have AESS complete the 1:1 Skills Performance Evaluation using the Laboratory methodology. If the Facility RN Instructor chooses to have AESS compete the 1:1 Skills Performance Evaluation, the student must make arrangements to complete this component at the AESS location (additional fee applies). The Instructor is required to document this 1:1 Skills Performance Evaluation using the 1:1 Clinical Skills Checklist, as required and provided by the South Dakota Board of Nursing. If unsuccessful, the student must restart the program as a new student (again starting with Unit 1), submitting new program payment to AESS. Facility RN Instructor must provide AESS with a copy of completed (signed and dated) 3 hour 1:1 Skills Performance Evaluation (1:1 Clinical Skill Checklist).

NOTE: All fields of the 1:1 Clinical Skills Checklist must be completed. If the student does not have an opportunity to complete all routes of medication administration in the clinical setting, the student may ‘simulate’ and explain the procedure to the Facility RN Instructor, as in a Laboratory setting.

Steps 5 & 6

Step 5: With all documentation submitted and verified, the Facility RN Instructor will issue a certificate of completion.

Step 6: Upon successful completion of all components of the program and all documentation is complete on the Facility Training Documentation form, the 1:1 Clinical Skills Checklist is complete, and a copy of the High School diploma, GED, or equivalent is received and maintained in the student’s personnel file, the student may apply for SD BON Unlicensed Medication Aide (UMA) Exam. The student may not administer medications until he/she has passed the SD BON UMA Exam. To register for the exam: https://doh.sd.gov/boards/nursing/MATPApproval.aspx. The SD BON UMA Exam may be repeated twice. Once passed, the student may be placed on the SD BON Registry. To view the 2015 Exam Content:http://doh.sd.gov/boards/nursing/PDF/UMAExamContentOutline.pdf.

The SD BON does not charge for the exam. If the student wishes to have AESS Proctor the SD BON UMA Exam, there is an associated fee, contact AESS for details. At any time if the student is unsuccessful in passing an Exam or the 1:1 Skills Performance Evaluation, the Training Documentation Form and/or 1:1 Clinical Skills Checklist must be completed and signed/dated and submitted to the facility, per SD Board of Nursing requirement.

Study

Study

  • Self-paced Online Chapters are designed to complement the Textbook: Sorrentino, S. & Remmert, L. 2009), Mosby’s Textbook for Medication Assistants, Mosby: St. Louis, MO.
  • Students must read the textbook chapter and then complete the accompanying self-paced Online Chapter.
  • Study guides for the Exams are available.

Copyright

A Word About Copyright

All materials are to be used ONLY by participants of the Avera Med Aide Online Training Solutions© program.

  • The materials and recordings are for educational purposes only. Avera Education & Staffing Solutions and their representatives do not render any legal, medical or professional advice.
  • No portion of this program may be reproduced without prior written permission. This applies to all computer files, documents, and recordings.
  • The accompanying video material is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. Duplication of video content is illegal. IT MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED in any part without prior written permission. Participating in or allowing duplication is prohibited by law.

The video devices are to be used by the organization, which leased or purchased it ONLY. It may not be RESOLD, ALTERED, REVERSE ENGINEERED, LOANED OR RENTED. The video and any online recordings may not be used for broadcast, satellite, cable or closed circuit-television.

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