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24.159.901    DEFINITIONS

(1) "Allowable routes" means oral, sublingual, topical, ophthalmic, otic, nasal, and inhalant methods of administration, except as otherwise provided by rule.

(2) "General supervision", with respect to a medication aide I means at least quarterly onsite review by a supervising nurse of a medication aide I's medication administration skills, and the guidance of a supervising nurse to include a written plan addressing questions and situations that may arise when the supervising nurse is not available. Such a plan must include access to a health care professional.

(3) "Medication aide I" means an employee of an assisted living facility who, under the general supervision of a Montana licensed nurse, administers PRN and routine medication as defined in ARM 24.159.301, to residents of the assisted living facility, and who:

(a) is 18 years of age or older;

(b) has a high school diploma; and

(c) has successfully passed a board-approved medication aide I training program and examination.

(4) "Medication aide II" means an employee of a long-term care facility licensed to provide skilled nursing care as defined in 50-5-101, MCA, uses standardized procedures in the administration of drugs as defined in 37-7-101, MCA, as assigned by and under the supervision of a Montana licensed nurse, administers medication to residents of the long-term care facility, and who:

(a) has a high school diploma or equivalent;

(b) is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA);

(c) has 4,000 hours of experience as a CNA in a long-term care facility;

(d) maintains a current valid certificate in cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and

(e) has successfully passed a board-specified medication aide II training program.

(5) "Supervision", with respect to medication aide II, means a provision of general supervision by a professional or practical nurse who is on the premises for the accomplishment of medication administration.

History: 37-8-202, 37-8-426, MCA; IMP, 37-8-202, 37-8-423, MCA; NEW, 2006 MAR p. 2035, Eff. 8/25/06; AMD, 2011 MAR p. 2144, Eff. 10/14/11.

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