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Florida bill to train CNAs as 'qualified medication aides' advances to Senate floor

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The 19-0 vote by the Senate Fiscal Policy Committee moves the legislation to a vote by the full state Senate. The House will also vote on a matching bill.

A state Senate committee gave its approval Tuesday to a measurethat would let certified nursing assistants become "qualified" to give certain medications to patients.

The 19-0 vote by the Senate Fiscal Policy Committee moves the bill (SB 558) to the Senate floor.

Allowing CNAs to train as "qualified medication aides" is an effort to address the ongoing worker shortage at Florida’s nursing homes.

Supporters say the plan would free up nurses to administer needed care to nursing home residents. It would also create a path for CNAs to get more training.

The bill sponsor, Sen. Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland, says CNAs seeking to qualify would need to get specified training and must have worked as a CNA for at least a year.

The full House is also slated to vote on a matching proposal (HB 351) after approval last week by its Health and Human Services Committee.

Information from WFSU's Regan McCarthy was used in this report.

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