LNA-Medication Certified are individuals who have been educated to provide medication assistance, observation, and documentation to clients with stable medical condition who are fully 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.
The role was developed to provide assistance to clients who can safely self administer medications who may require minimal assistance including reminders and prompting.
LNAs who have an interest and have successfully completed the approved board course given at their place of employment.
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 of four (4) hour, NH Board of Nursing approved LNA-MC educational program that includes:
The curriculum and faculty approval application for the facility LNA Medication Certified Education Program requires board review and approval. The licensees who have completed the program and are employed at the approved facility, at the time of this approval, will be grandfathered up to 12/31/08.
Upon receipt of the board letter, please submit a listing of those individuals and 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
New Hampshire Board of Nursing
121 South Fruit Street | Concord, NH 03301
Nursing (603) 271-2323 | Nursing Assistant (603) 271-6282
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