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Medication Aides in St. Lawrence County Nursing Homes

Support S.1199 (Ritchie)

LeadingAge New York is urging lawmakers to support S.1199 (Ritchie), legislation that would establish a demonstration program authorizing Certified Nursing Aides (CNAs) who receive advanced training to administer medications in nursing homes in St. Lawrence County under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN).

Currently, there are a number of states that utilize medication aides in nursing homes. In New York, the Department of Mental Hygiene (DMH) created a program by utilizing an exemption in the Nurse Practice Act that allows for direct care staff, such as CNAs, to administer medication under the supervision of an RN. Under the exemption, a direct care worker is trained by an RN to administer medication and then pass a final examination, as well as a clinical practicum, to become certified as a medication aide. Reports on the program have indicated a high level of success and a decrease in medication errors.

This legislation would ensure that individuals receiving services in St. Lawrence County would receive proper medication administration from certified aides, allowing more time for the RN to provide direct care at a more efficient rate. Quality of care for patients would increase, as would job satisfaction, wages, and staff retention.

Enter your information below to contact your lawmakers, urging them to support S.1199 (Ritchie). You can also access LeadingAge NY's memo of support here.