Medicating Nursing Assistant (MNA) Program
The Medicating Nursing Assistant (MNA) Program will prepare competent Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNA) to function as trusted care partners of the RN/LPN administering medications to stable clients in long-term care facilities. The scope of the course covers all the basic principles and techniques of medication administration including an overview of common drugs, their effects and side effects, and key safety issues that include medication interactions, common errors, over-the-counter medications, and medication use in older adults. This course will be delivered as 40 hours of theory in the classroom setting and 40 hours of clinical at an approved clinical facility.
The main topics will include:
- The professional role of the MNA,
- Medical ethics and laws,
- Infection control and safety for administering medications,
- Basic pharmacology and common drugs used for a broad range of medical conditions.
The Nursing Lab is made possible by generous donations from the
Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation and Mascoma Bank Foundation.