Will Dividing Duties Conquer The Nursing Shortage Dilemma?
Another bandaid on the nursing shortage as positions are created for “medication aides.” These health care workers are responsible for passing out medications and are finding work in nursing homes and extended care facilities. Some nurses are concerned that these workers are not properly qualified and supervising RNs would still be responsible.
Medication aides are CNAs with some additional training in medication administration.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Will the answer that many facilities come up with be to break down the nurse’s responsibility to the lowest common denominators and allocate these functions to a lower-tier staff? Is that a proper formula for patient care?
Or in that scenario, is the nurse now being freed up to administer more professional assessment and care as patient loads continue to increase?