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SD Human Services Center Medication Aide (Job ID 16221) in YANKTON, South Dakota

Job ID: 16221Agency: Department of Social Services/South Dakota Human Services Center/Spruce 1 and Willow 1, daysSalary: Depending on qualificationsPay Grade: GEClosing Date: Open Until FilledThis is a full-time position with the Department of Social Services at the South Dakota Human Services Center, Yankton, SD. For more information on DSS, please visit position performs personal care services by completing patient care assignments, providing an atmosphere conducive to treatment and supporting patients with mental health and chemical dependency issues in an effort to meet the patients needs. In addition, this position will administer oral medications and treatments to patients and maintain medication records to ensure accurate dispensing of medications.The Human Services Center provides a comprehensive employee orientation including completion of the Certified Nurse Aide (C.N.A.) certification.Preference will be given to applicants possessing a medication aide license and having one or more years of experience as a medication aide.These positions work 6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., including holidays and weekends.Licenses and Certifications:Successful candidate will be required to complete state approved medication administration training program and pass South Dakota Board of Nursing's UMA Exam within 90 days.The Ideal Candidate Will Have:Knowledge of:mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, and chemical dependency;patient safety procedures;patient rights and confidentiality;CPR and first aid;Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI) Techniques.Ability to:administer routine daily medications according to policy and procedure;coordinate with nurse to assist with patient care and medications;follow written or verbal instructions on how to manage medications;record medication dosages and times;accurately observe, recognize, report, and record physical symptoms and significant behavioral characteristics of patients;carry out individual program plans for treatment of patients;relate to and work constructively with patients;detect significant or unusual patient behavior;verbalize the needs of patients;provide personal care services to patients;follow oral and written instructions;follow established policies and procedures;listen and be empathetic with patients;assist in lifting and transferring of patients;.lift 75 pounds;work with patients displaying aggressive behavior;communicate information clearly and concisely.VETERANS' PREFERENCE ELIGIBLESuccessful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of a drug screening.NCRC:If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire."An Equal Opportunity Employer"