Medication Aide

Location: Portland - Parry Center for Children
Program/Department: Health Services
Schedule: 30 hours/Week; Varied Schedules
Pay Range: $19.00 - $21.00/hour (DOE)
Trillium Family Services offers a great opportunity to be part of a dedicated team helping children and adolescents within our Health Services department. These positions are direct care positions that help provide an innovative model of care and treatment for children and adolescents living with mental illness. We look to hire people who are passionate about working with our population and who are committed to improving the lives of those we serve through our trauma informed models of practice. We offer fully paid training and opportunity for growth.Join our team of dedicated professionals committed to “BUILDING BRIGHTER FUTURES WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES”Trillium offers a comprehensive benefit package to eligible positions which include:
*Generous Vacation and Sick Leave
*Paid Holidays
*100% Employer Paid Medical, Vision, and Dental for Full Time Employees
*please note-not all positions are benefit eligible
* matched 401(K) plan
…and More!If you are passionate about making a difference in the life of a child, we want to hear from you!
Main Purpose of the Medication Aide role:
providing safe and accurate medication administration to TFS clients and provide appropriate and timely documentation regarding all aspects of medication delivery.
Required Competencies:
  • Performs patient/client care responsibilities considering needs specific to the standard of care for the age of the patient/client.
  • Demonstrates the ability to perform treatments and provide services to level of education/ certification and within their scope of practice.
  • Works cooperatively as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team, completes all documentation in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify behaviors that require intervention and notifies the nursing department when further evaluation is warranted.
  • Able to physically intervene with aggressive patients/clients and provide restraint and seclusion when ordered.  Use NCI/CPI and APT techniques appropriately. Follows procedures and protocols
  • Possesses the skills of verbal de-escalation and/or validation, able to avoid power struggles with patients/clients.  Sets limits for patients/clients.
  • Performs all aspects of patient/client care in an environment that optimizes patient/client safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
  • Determines unit supplies and maintenance needs and submits requisitions as indicated.
  • Documentation meets current standards and policies; documentation meets standards for licensure and accreditation.
  • Acts as a role model for patients/clients through behavior, speech and appearance.
  • Is emotionally and physically stable to work with the clientele, model self-care skills and assist the patient/client in meeting his/her goals.
  • Maintains collaborative working relationships with co-workers as well as with other departments/disciplines.
  • Interacts with supportive services to ensure that a safe, clean and secure environment is provided for patients/clients, staff and visitors.  Documents unusual incidents.
  • Treats patients/clients and families with respect and dignity.
  • Follows facility’s policies and procedures.
  • Completes other duties as necessary and assigned by Health Services team
  • Stays current with changes in the field through continuing education, conferences, professional societies and journals. Current with agency trainings.
  • Demonstrates the ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations.
  • Will safely and accurately administer oral (including inhalers), sublingual, buccal, otic, ophthalmic, nasal and topical medications (including patches and transdermal medications).
  • Will administer PRN medications from established Standing Orders and Physician’s Orders.
  • Will verbalize and demonstrate knowledge of medications and target symptoms
  • Will maintain accurate and timely documentation of medications administered, medications refused or medications withheld on the individual client’s Medication Administration Record (MAR).
  • Will maintain accurate documentation of all Controlled Substances according to State and Federal guidelines.
  • Will complete and document accurate count of all controlled substances with another Medication Specialist at the beginning and end of each shift.
  • Will maintain storage areas, including medication carts and medication administration supplies. Will ensure and maintain proper labeling of medications and treatment supplies.
  • Will maintain unit first aid supplies, including first aid kits.
  • Will provide other competencies as directed by supervisors within the scope of training.
  • Will maintain a collaborative working relationship with Physicians and Health Services/Nursing staff
  • Will be flexible with duties and requirements of job as they may evolve.
  • Will understand and comply with standards from TFS licensing and accreditation entities.

Additional Responsibilities:  Employee is responsible to have all formal training’s current and up to date.  Performs other related duties as assigned.

 Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education:  High school graduate or equivalent. Preference given to applicants with Associate, Bachelor’s degree and/or OSBN certification.  May substitute education and experience
  • Experience:  Experience working in a psychiatric/behavioral health treatment facility preferred, preferably with children or adolescents.
  • Job Knowledge: Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.  Additional languages a plus.
  • Skills:  Basic computer knowledge for the implementation of patient/client information electronic record keeping.
  • Physical Demands: For physical demands of position, including vision, hearing, repetitive motion and environment,  please contact the HR department. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising client care.

Internal Applicants are Encourage to Apply by submitting a cover letter and updated resume to the HR department.

Application Details:    Consideration of candidates will be on-going and position may close without notice.

This position requires that you be fully vaccinated against COVID -19 as a condition of employment unless you legally meet the requirements for exemption

If you need accommodation to review the information and/or complete the application process, please contact the Human Resources Department.

Trillium Family Services is a drug free workplace. All final applicants will be subject to a criminal record identification check pursuant to ORS 181.536.727.537 and agency policy. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider and support a culturally linguistically diverse governance, leadership and workforce.