Medication aide bill In Arkansas

  1. 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.
    :angryfire
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  3. by   Private Peds Nurse
    I lived in Arkansas briefly, for 1 yr, and I worked in a medical clinic, and I saw for my self, medical assistants (no nursing degree) actually giving injections. When I questioned it, no one really answered my question as to how it is legal for a nonmedical degree assistant could give injections?????
    Glad I came back home to Georgia. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Arkansas, but, I am used to the way things are done in Georgia.

    Quote from LPN1974
    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.
    :angryfire
  4. by   Speculating
    Quote from LPN1974
    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...This bill is supposed to relieve nurses of duties to better care for their residents.
    :angryfire

    I can think of a hundred duties at least that I would wish to be releived of, but I don't think even the educated public would want this at the top of the list.
  5. by   RN4NICU
    They seem to be glossing over the fact that the nurse may be relieved of the duty, but s/he is absolutely NOT relieved of the responsibility. Is the AR BON not fighting this?
  6. by   LEL
    Quote from LPN1974
    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.
    :angryfire
    Ok it is time for nurses to stick together. Any one remember the drug tests in school? Instructors standing over your shoulder on med passes. Get you picket signs out and spell out the dangers of these unlicensed people passing meds. Get a watchdog group together and find out the first facility who plans to use them . Call the TV and radio stations. Families need to know that their loved ones will be in danger. We cannot let them take away our profession. To save the almighty buck they will sacrifice lives.
  7. by   BRANDY LPN
    http://www.afaar.org/AddressARHouseRepresentatives.htm

    Here is where you can find the addresses to the members of the house. Lets all start a mail campaign. Can anyone here quickly come up with some research to back up the fact that med aides are dangerous?

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