Just wondering how many nurses know about the assisted living laws in Arkansas, they are pretty much the same in all states but this is about Arkansas. CNA's "assist" with medications, take Dr's orders and post to a MAR, make decisions about which narcotics/ meds to give in a PRN situation, assess residents for change of condition send them to ER. Draw up insulins and administer without it being checked by another person as long as the resident is touching the bottle and syringe it's assisting they are taking the CNA's word that everything is correct. State Board of Nursing say it's legal by the word "Assisting".CNA's are not required to know what the medications are for, the side effects etc. There are 2 levels of Assisted living in Arkansas 1 & 2. Level 2 an RN has to be on call with no required number of hs. in the building and the residents meet criterial to be in a nursing home. I couldn't believe it myself till I was told then went to the OLTC site and read the regulations. On level 2 it does state LPN can be used for medication administration but in most places according to stats I've seen, CNA are assisting due to cost. CNA are doing the job we had to go to school for get a licenses and being accountable for our actions. Med errors, I don't even want to think about it.
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Nurse-C, would you please give the link that outlines the duties you've described above?
This will direct you to OLTC ( Office of long Term Care )then you can go to providers then to regulations for level 1 & 2. Thanks for your relpy
reg 702.1.1.1, 702.1.1.5
Last edit by Nurse-C on Aug 12, '07