SHO’s QMAP Training Helps the Whole Community
What’s a QMAP anyway?
For those in some assisted care industries, this is a critical position: a Qualified Medication Administration Person. These are people who are trained to dispense medications to SHO’s assisted living residents, a critical role.
For about 20 years, SHO has provided the QMAP classes to its own staff, but also offers about 75 percent of slots in this important training opportunity to others in the community. Candidates for QMAP training are generally primary care givers at facilities including assisted living, residential treatment, and alternative care who also assist with dressing, bathing and other services for residents. Becoming a QMAP enables them to provide additional assistance, giving appropriate medications to residents. And the training is valuable for others in the medical professions. Over the years, SHO Quality Assurance Director/RN Jenni Marcols, in her 11 years as program instructor, has had pharmacy employees, doctors from other countries and nursing personnel in her classes.
Jenni is passionate about the value of the QMAP program. “Becoming a QMAP really gives people in the community an opportunity to advance themselves through additional training. It’s great fun to see people use this training as a stepping stone and to know that it launches careers. Many of our QMAP students have gone on to the nursing profession.”
But becoming a QMAP is getting more difficult. New regulations from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently instituted new processes for potential QMAPs. Under the new rules, QMAP applicants must pass on-line training modules that pre-qualify them to take the QMAP classes. If they pass these “pre-tests” they can then apply to enter the QMAP training. The new training has increased from 16 to 20 hours and is provided by a nurse, like SHO’s Jenni, who is licensed annually by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. At the end of the training, students must pass an extensive exam.
Jenni explains, “It is not every organization that would take on the charge of training anyone in the community in addition to our own staff. This is just another way that SHO contributes to our whole community!”