Your thoughts on medication aides in LTC facilities
Would you advocate for medication aides in your facility if the state allowed for them?
– Rolina has medication aides in some of their nursing homes. It is a dangerous liability for any nurse who has to oversee or supervise. Some may be good but the majority is not. We speak of the nursing shortage however this is not a viable option. It is more to administering meds than one thinks. You also need to have assessment skills to know when you can and cannot administer. Passing a state test is not enough along with one year’s experience. If you think we are inundated with advertisements on TV regarding nursing home lawsuits let this pass.
– That is a professional nursing domain!!!!!
– NO, I do not think it is a good idea. Why don’t you advocate for a position for serious medication reviews to cut or combine meds. Therefore REDUCING the number of meds given to older, more compromised people?!?
– They free up the nurses’ time and we already have them in our facility.
– We have them already and they are great.
– Yes. Not for freeing up time for other aides but freeing up time for the LPN or RN. We use them and they are a great help.
– The nurses are so overwhelmed in this setting, that this direction may be necessary in long-term care. Facilities today simply cannot: A) find enough nurses or B) afford to pay them a competitive wage—between the workforce shortage and minimal state/federal reimbursement. These positions will be inevitable.