The health industry is always subject to changes through regulation, as so many Americans depend on medical institutions.
In Florida, with a considerably large elderly population, both chambers of the state legislature are making great efforts to making Personal Care Attendees (PCAs), a permanent part of Florida’s long-term workforce.
This move is thought to help increase the number of people at the frontlines of healthcare, and providing PCA positions could serve as a great launchpad for Floridians who aspire to be Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs).
The Floridian reached out to State Senator Jeff Brandes (R-24), where he informed us that he will, “full support anything that keeps seniors living safely at home and out of nursing facilities as long as possible.”
Brandes feels that SB 1132 will be effective, “If it improves their freedom, allows for us to live our golden years the way we choose, I’m all for it.”
While this may employ more PCAs, SB 1132 also raises the bar for becoming a PCA, as the bill’s description says there will be, “a specified period if a certain training requirement is met.”
The PCA to CNA pathway will be a much more simple one through this legislation. It would begin with taking a test, which requires no prior experience, attendance to nursing aide school and take the CNA test, then work as a PCA for four months of on-the-job training.
It is also worth noting that PCAs will not replace, or deplete the employment of CNAs. The bill is intended to only support those trying to help Florida seniors.