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District of Columbia Assisted Living Regulations

District of Columbia
Assisted Living
Regulations

Nursing Home Administrator Continuing Education

Hours: 40 Hours
Frequency: Biennially

 

An applicant for renewal of a license shall submit proof of having completed forty (40) hours of approved continuing education credit during the two (2)-year period preceding the date the license expires.

At least ten (10) hours of the required forty (40) hours shall have been in one (1) or more of the following areas:

a. Staff management;
b. Continuity in assigning the same nursing staff to the same residents as often as practicable;
c. Creating a resident-centered environment;
d. Activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living;
e. Wound care;
f. Pain management;
g. Prevention and treatment of depression;
h. Prevention of pressure ulcers;
i . Urinary incontinence management;
j . Discharge planning and community transitioning;
k. Fall prevention;
l . Geriatric social services and individual competency; or
m. Behavior management.

Title 17 6206.4

For more information visit DC Department of Health.

Administrator Continuing Education

Hours: 24 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

After the first year of employment, and at least annually thereafter, a staff member shall complete a minimum total of 12 hours of in-service training in the following:

1. Emergency procedures and disaster drills;
2. Rights of residents;
3. Four hours covering cognitive impairments in an in-service training approved by a nationally recognized and creditable expert such as the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorder Association; and

On an annual basis, the ALA shall complete 12 additional hours of training on cognitive impairments approved by a nationally recognized organization with expertise in dementia such as the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association.

§ 44-107.01.

For more information visit DC Department of Health.

All Staff Training

Hours: 40 Hours
Frequency: Prior to Hire

 

Prior to hire, 40 hours of training in the following must be completed:

a. Delivering care for the bed-bound resident, including bathing, feeding, shampooing, dressing, positioning, and toileting;
b. Use of the first aid kit and knowledge of its location;
c. Confidential treatment of personal information;
d. Procedures for detecting and reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of residents;
e. Managing difficult aggressive behavior;
f. Advanced body mechanics;
g. Communicating with adults, including those with communication deficits such as aphasia, hearing loss, loss of eyesight, and cognitive impairments;
h. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of dementia;
i. Caring for the cognitively impaired with such behaviors as wandering, repetitive questions, and confusion;
j. Techniques for assisting residents in overcoming transfer trauma;
k. Awareness of resident's "change in condition", including depression and ability to report changes to the appropriate staff according to the protocol of the ALR;
l. Basic competence in housekeeping, laundry, food handling, and meal preparation; and
m. Any specialized training for special needs not covered through the basic training.

44-107.02

For more information visit DC Department of Health.

All Staff Continuing Education

Hours: 12 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

After the first year of employment, and at least annually thereafter, a staff member shall complete a minimum total of 12 hours of in-service training in the following:

1. Emergency procedures and disaster drills;
2. Rights of residents;
3. Four hours covering cognitive impairments in an in-service training approved by a nationally recognized and creditable expert such as the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorder Association; and

On an annual basis, the ALA shall complete 12 additional hours of training on cognitive impairments approved by a nationally recognized organization with expertise in dementia such as the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association.

§ 44-107.02

For more information visit DC Department of Health.

Trained Medication Employee (TME)

Hours: Topic Specific
Frequency: Not Specified

 

Completion of the medication management training program that is approved by the Board of Nursing.

The medication administration training program shall include instruction in the following areas:

1. Cuing, coaching, and monitoring residents who self-administer medications with or without assistance;
2. Pharmacology;
3. Terminology related to medication;
4. Procedures and precautions in administering medication;
5. Types of medication;
6. Actions, interactions, and effects of medication;
7. Administration of medication in emergency or life-threatening circumstances;
8. Recordkeeping, storage, handling, and disposal requirements for medications;
9. Rights of residents;
10. Monitoring of vital signs;
11. Federal and District of Columbia laws governing medication; and
12. Reference sources related to medication.

44-109.06

For more information visit DC Board of Nursing.

LPN Continuing Education

Hours: 18 Hours
Frequency: Every 2 Years

 

LPNs must complete eighteen (18) contact hours of continuing education in current area of practice.

NOT required for first-time renewal.  3 hours on HIV/AIDS is required

Title 17; Chapter 55

For more information visit DC Board of Nursing.

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