What is Medication Attendant Certified (MAC)?
The Medication Attendant Certified (MAC) is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), who has received additional training in designated medication preparation and administration. The primary role of the MAC is administering medications, and he/ she will not have a patient care assignment which conflicts or distracts from his/ her primary role . The MAC's role is completely dependent upon the delegation from a licensed nurse. The MAC cannot function without delegation from the licensed nurse.
On July 9, 2008, Louisiana began a 3 year pilot program which established provisions for the use of the Medication Attendant Certified in licensed nursing facilities. A registry was developed and has been maintained of all individuals who have successfully completed a state-approved Medication Attendant Certified training course and competency evaluation and criminal background check.
On June 20, 2012, the rule was published in the Louisiana Register, establishing permanent provisions for the use of the Medication Attendant Certified in licensed nursing facilities.
The initial MAC certificate wil be valid for 12 months from date of issue.
Denise Traylor, BSN, RN
Medication Attendant Certified Registry Rule published in Louisiana Register, July 20, 2008
Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program-Medication Attendant Certified published in the Louisiana Register, May 20, 2012
Medication Attendant Certified Instructor Qualifications (Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program), published in the Louisiana Register, May 20, 2012
Nurse Aide Training and Compentency Evaluation Program (Medication Attendant Certified) published in Louisiana Register, June 20, 2012
DHH - Approved "Train the Trainer Instructors (revised 1/18/13)