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Medication Certified Guidelines

What is the role of the LNA Medication Certified (LNA-MC)?

Why was this role developed?

Who can be a LNA Medication Certified?

How can I become a LNA Medication Certified?

Who teaches the LNA Medication Certified course?

How will I know which residents will need Medication assistance?

Who do I contact if I have a problem during medication assistance?

What if a resident's family or friend routinely assists with medication administration? Do they have to complete the training course?

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What is the role of the LNA Medication Certified (LNA-MC)?

LNA-Medication Certified are individuals who have been educated to provide medication assistance, observation, and documentation to clients with stable medical condition who are able to recognize and accept medications as prescribed. The purpose of this role is to provide clients assistance with self medication who do not require physical assistance. The LNA-Medication Certified works under the supervision of a licensed nurse under RSA 326-B and delegation rules Nur Chapter 400. The role is designed only for LNAs working in the Residential and Home Care setting where facility/agency policies and procedures support this role.

Why was this role developed?

The role was developed to provide assistance to clients who can safely self administer medications who may require minimal assistance including reminders and prompting.

Who can be a LNA Medication Certified?

LNAs who have an interest and have successfully completed the approved board course given at their place of employment.

How can I become a LNA Medication Certified?

Facilities requesting approval for a LNA Medication Certified education program must submit a curriculum to the Board of Nursing. LNA-MC individuals must successfully complete a minimum four (4) hour, NH Board of Nursing approved LNA-MC educational program that includes:

  • Medication assisting techniques;
  • Infection Control;
  • Observational and documentation techniques;
  • Resident rights;
  • Communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Response to resident behavior;
  • Recognizing and reporting resident changes; and,
  • Safety and emergency procedures.

The curriculum and faculty approval application for the facility LNA Medication Certified Education Program requires board review and approval.

Approved facilities must submit a listing of those individuals who complete the board approved program including their nursing assistant license numbers, by e-mail, fax or mail. These licensees will have a Licensed Nursing Assistant Medication Certified record noted in our license data base available for verification and print out from our Board website at www.nh.gov/nursing.

Please note that this is a facility-based program and certification approval for individual Medication Certified LNA's is in effect only during their employment at your facility.

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Who teaches the LNA Medication Certified course?

Professionals requesting approval as an LNA-MC Instructor must submit a Faculty Approval Application form to the Board of Nursing. Those professionals considered as instructors include:

  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Licensed Practical Nurses

How will I know which residents will need Medication assistance?

Selection of residents shall be based on the client's plan of care and the licensed nurse's professional judgment and experience. A facility must ensure that LNA-MC's are only assigned to clients who have no complicated medication problems.

Who do I contact if I have a problem during medication assistance?

Medication Certified LNA's work under the supervision of a licensed nurse. The licensed nurse, using his/her professional judgment should select those clients who can safely determine the medications they consume. In the event of an emergency, the LNA Medication Certified individual must notify the supervising licensed nurse.

What if a resident's family or friend routinely assists with medication administration? Do they have to complete the training course?

Volunteers and family members are not required to complete the Medication Certified course. It is up to the facility or agency to determine whether or not to require volunteers and family members to complete the training where facility/agency policies and procedures support this assistance.

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