- January 20, 2022
With supporters saying it would help free up registered nurses to provide other needed care, a House panel on Thursday approved a proposal that would allow trained certified nursing assistants to give medications to nursing-home residents.
The House Healthcare Regulation Subcommittee unanimously backed the bill (HB 351), sponsored by Rep. Will Robinson, R-Bradenton.
The bill would allow certified nursing assistants to become trained as “qualified medication aides.”
They could then administer what Robinson described as “routine” medications to nursing-home residents.
The bill drew support Thursday from the Florida Health Care Association, the state’s largest nursing-home industry group, and AARP.
The Senate Health Policy Committee on Monday approved a similar bill (SB 558), filed by committee Chairwoman Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland.
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