If you’re considering enrolling in a Medication Skill Set with Sage, it’s natural to have a lot of questions. How will it help me progress in my career? What will I learn? How long will it take to complete?
In this article, we’ll answer each of these questions. We’ll also reveal how you can get started with a career-boosting Medication Skill Set today.
What is medication administration, and why is it important?
Administering medication is a vital aspect of any support worker’s role. Understanding how to prescribe the correct dosage, keep track of schedules, and safely dispose of different medications is essential for anyone involved in the aged care or disability care sectors.
Patients rely on you to be consistent, reliable and diligent regarding their medication. Knowing the ins and outs of medication assistance ensures you’ll always be able to give your clients the support they need whenever they need it.
Providing medication assistance may seem like common sense, but there are many things to consider.
Your clients have diverse needs, requirements and routines that you must fulfil. Your colleagues must be well-informed about everything you do. Your actions need to be thoroughly documented so you always stay on the right side of legislation. Great medication administration is an incredibly useful skill. But how do you learn it?
How can I learn to administer medication?
Fortunately, with proper training from a first-class registered training organisation, it’s easy to get started with medication administration.
All you need to do is complete an accredited medication course with Sage Education. We’ll provide you with the hands-on skills and practical expertise you need to administer medication, provide holistic support to clients, and work with your colleagues to deliver outstanding service.
Let’s explore what our Assist Clients with Medication Skill Set is, what you’ll learn, and how it can benefit you when you enroll with Sage.
What is an Assist Clients with Medication Skill Set?
Sage’s Assist Clients with Medication Skill Set is a short, jam-packed program designed to get you up to speed on all the best practices in medication assistance.
You’ll discover everything you need to know about medication administration, including the different types of medication, the correct dosages, and how to administer them properly.
You’ll also learn how to promote well-being, support clients with diverse needs, and deal with roadblocks should they arise. Finally, you’ll build an understanding of how to complete medication documentation effectively.
By the time you finish your training, you’ll have everything you need to deliver first-class medication support in the workplace. Whether you’re in the healthcare industry or community services space, our course will teach you everything there is to know to provide holistic medication assistance in various contexts.
How is Sage’s Medication Skill Set delivered?
We deliver our Medication Skill Set over one day in a face-to-face setting. To get started, simply enrol and attend one of our monthly seminars in Logan Central or Kippa-ring. Our friendly team will be on hand to guide you through the process and provide you with the job-ready skills you need to thrive in your role.
If you don’t finish the course on the day, don’t worry. You’ll have the opportunity to complete your assessments at home should you need it.
What will I learn in a Medication Assist Course?
Our course contains two comprehensive modules which will provide you with a fundamental understanding of medication and its applications. Let’s explore each unit in more detail.
HLTAAP001 – Recognise healthy body systems
This unit will provide you with an understanding of the human body’s basic functions. You’ll learn how to recognise healthy body systems, promote general well-being, and evaluate the relationship between different body parts and the body’s healthy functioning.
Consider this unit the backbone of your medication course. The goal is to provide you with a basic understanding of how the body works so that you can provide medication assistance with confidence in the workplace.
HLTHPS006 – Assist clients with medication
In this module, you’ll learn everything there is to know about medication, including how to:
- Assess a client’s needs, including checking records and engaging in conversation.
- Ensure correct medication classification completion.
- Choose the proper medication in line with best practices.
- Support a client’s needs, goals, and well-being.
- Assess risks, handle contingencies, and delegate tasks.
- Teach patients how to self-administer medication where applicable.
- Handle medication administration, implement hygiene protocols and work within legislation.
- Follow infection prevention and control procedures.
- Work effectively with clients, colleagues and supervisors.
- Use dose administration aids.
- Ensure clients are taking the right medication on time, every time.
- Maintain thorough documentation about the medication administration process.
- Report concerns promptly and efficiently.
- Much, much more.
What are the benefits of completing a medication skill set with Sage?
There are several exciting reasons to enrol in a medication skill set today. Let’s explore some of the key benefits you’ll experience when you get started with Sage:
- New employment opportunities: A medication course boosts your skillset, making you more attractive to employers. You could enhance your existing employment position, move into a senior role, or start a new position as an advanced support practitioner.
- Increased pay: The more skills you have, the more you’re worth to potential employers. Completing your medication skill set with Sage gives you more opportunities to secure better pay down the line.
- Confidence: The healthcare industry is all about confidence. A medication skill set helps you grow your skills, meet new people, and become self-assured in your actions.
- Networking: Sage’s face-to-face courses are a great way to meet new people, build connections with like-minded healthcare professionals, and open up new career opportunities in the future.
- Provide more holistic support to clients: A medication skill set allows you to provide better, more reliable support to your clients, ensuring you always know exactly which medication your patients need and how to provide it.
What do I need to do to be eligible?
Our Assist Clients with Medication Skill Set is designed to build on your knowledge as a support work practitioner. Therefore, Sage requires that you hold a Certificate III or higher in an area involving the provision of direct client care and support.
As part of your course, you may also be expected to complete a third-party observation report under the guidance of a Registered Nurse from your organisation. That said, if you don’t work with a registered nurse, we’ll guide you through the process and help you complete this step in the classroom.
All in all, our course is the perfect way to further your existing knowledge and make yourself more employable in the healthcare or community services sectors.
I don’t meet the eligibility criteria. Where do I start?
Are you looking to kickstart your career in the healthcare or community service sectors, but don’t know where to begin?
The best way to get started is by completing a Certificate III level course with a nationally recognised training organisation like Sage Education. We offer two industry-leading, entry-level Certificate III programs. These are:
- Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing or Disability) – suited to those who want to specialise in the aged care or disability sectors.
- Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – suited to those who want to specialise in the childcare sector.
Both of these courses are accredited. That means they count as recognised qualifications that you can use on your CV. If you’re searching for an entry pathway into a care-based role, Sage’s Certificate III courses are the perfect way to get involved.
Why study with Sage?
Sage Education is one of Australia’s leading providers of accredited courses in the aged care, disability care and childcare sectors. We have decades of experience and have led over 4000+ graduates to successful completion.
Many of our courses can even be completed digitally, with online theory sections to bolster your knowledge. Whether you’re looking for a face-to-face experience, an online course, or a mix of both, we have a training program that meets your needs.
And the best part is, we also help all our graduates secure employment when they finish their training.
In fact, we’re proud to say that over 80% of our enrollees start a rewarding career within just three months of their course end date.
Want to learn more about Sage’s outstanding range of courses? Get in touch with our team today.