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Jake Helps Residents with Medications

Jake is a nursing assistant at Springwell Assisted Living Facility. He recently completed special training for his job. One of his new job duties is to give medications to the residents. Jake has to keep track of who needs medication. He has information about which medicines to give to residents. He also knows what time and how much to give.

Jake knows that taking the correct medications is very important. If he gives a resident the wrong amount of medication, the resident could become very ill. The resident could possibly die. Jake is extremely careful when he gives medications to the residents. He carefully checks the information on the chart for each person. Then he makes sure that he has the correct medicine. He measures it and helps the resident take it. Then he waits a few minutes in case the person has a reaction.

Some medications are pills and tablets. Others are in liquid form. Some medications are taken with food. Others are taken only with water. Jake reads all of the instructions before he gives each resident his or her medications. When he is finished, he records the name of the medication, the amount he gave, and the method or way that the resident took it. Most people take medications by mouth. Some are drops in the ears or eyes.

Jake has a lot of duties as a nursing assistant. Now that he has had special training, making sure the residents take their medications properly is an important part of his job.

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Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners