I was praying this wouldn't happen. The medication aide bill in Arkansas passed the Senate today. Now it goes to the House.
State Senator Barbara Horn is the maker of this bill.
Under this bill med aides would be allowed to administer "nonprescription and legend" drugs orally, topically, drops by eye, ear or nose, vaginally, rectally, transdermally or with an oral inhaler.
Would not be able to administer injections or controlled substances.
Only requirements for this is a year's experience as an CNA, in good standing with state regulators, and high school diploma, and will have to complete literacy and reading comprehension screening process, and training course approved by state bon.
This bill is supposed to relieve nurses of duties to better care for their residents.