TALLAHASSEE — A measure passed by the Florida Legislature would allow long-term care facilities to continue to employ “personal-care attendants” to help with basic duties and would give the attendants four months to pass a certified nursing assistant exam to keep working in the facilities.
The legislation codifies a state emergency order issued in March 2020 in response to staffing shortages that allowed nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to hire personal-care attendants who had undergone 8 hours of training. The legislation increases the amount of training to 16 hours.
The measure passed the House, 106-11, and the Senate, 32-7. It