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

Journal Article
November 1, 2012

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.

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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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