The National Direct Care Workforce Resource Center

Journal Article November 1, 2012

A National Survey of Medication Aides: Education, Supervision, and Work Role by Work Setting

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This article presents the findings of the first national survey of medication aides. It shows that 68% of medication aides were previously certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and that the vast majority of them (91%) are female. Aides work in various settings, including nursing homes, assisted living, and client homes, and are often asked to perform tasks that go beyond their job description. To see the original source, click here.

Key Takeaways

Significant variation is seen in the roles of medication aides across states and settings.
Over one-third of respondents indicated they were allowed to perform tasks that state regulations prohibit.
Sixty-eight percent of medication aides had previously been CNAs.
 
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Budden, Jill

(Geriatric Nursing)

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