Medication Aide Continuing Education in San Antonio
The seven (7) hour Medication Aide Continuing Education Program/Seminar (maCEtp) is required annually by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Medication Aide Program. The content is directed to the responsibility of Medication Aides for theirs and the resident’s benefit. It will enhance the knowledge and skills of Medication Aides and make the best use of medications. Content will target patient compliance with medication regimens, promote health Professionals’ communication skills and disease management as well as ensure optimal therapeutic outcomes. The student will learn how to assist the multi-disciplinary approaches to effective medicine communications and treatments. Students will be provided with the “Communicate Before You Medicate” principles.
This (maCEtp) class is scheduled for seven hours and will be completed in one day. It meets the annual requirements for Medication Aides by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Medication Aide Program. The first 30 minutes will consist of introductions and distributing course materials. Then will be a review of Medication Aide rules and regulations and a review of 40TAC §95 and other regulations. Student’s will know the authorized and unauthorized functions of a Medication Aide, the requirements of §95.103(b) and any rule changes during the last year and pertinent changes to the Medication Aide curriculum. Major topic is determined by the maCEtp approved instructor. Approved by both the Texas Department of Aging And Disability Services – Medication Aide Program and the Texas Workforce Commission – Career Schools and Colleges department. The closing will consist of evaluation handouts and exams if appropriate.As of 05/01/1996 the Texas Department Of Human Services (DHS) recommends only selected introductory and closing content for the maCEtp, leaving the instructor free to determine the major content for the maCEtp. At the completion of the course the roster of medication aides and their information will be signed by the instructor and mailed to the Texas DHS – Medication Aide Program.
Because the Texas DHS has allowed the maCEtp instructor is free to choose the major content, the course content will change from time to time. Here are some examples, provided by the Texas DHS – Medication Aide Program, to be taught. 1. Role of the Medication Aide on the Interdisciplinary Team 2. Communication Skill for Medication Aides 3. Role of Medication Aide in comprehensive drug management 4. Role of Medication Aide in resident assessment and care planning 5. New health care policies 6. New clinical guidelines 7. New clinical treatments and techniques 8. Automated and integrated health care systems 9. Trends in patient care/clinical practice 10. Current research related to medication aide 11. Clinical and pharmalogic management of residents with specific clinical conditions such infectious diseases, AIDS, eye disorders, diabetes, deculicters ulcers, TB, ect. 12. Role of the Medication Aide in meeting the psychosocial needs of residents 13. Skills and techniques for Medication Aides 14. Review of changes in health care regulations and standards pertinent to Medication Aides such as Nurse Aides Rules, Texas Curriculum for Nurse Aides in Long Term Care Facilities, Licensing Standards for Long Term Care Facilities, etc. 15. Drug review and update, such as review of new drugs, drugs frequently used in facilities and/or avoiding common medication errors.