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Montana Home Care Regulations

Home Care

Home Health Aide/Nurse Aide Continuing Education

Hours: 12 Hours
Frequency: : Annually

The facility must provide the continuing competence of nurse aides, but must be no less than 12 hours per year.

Address areas of weakness as determined in nurse aides' performance reviews and may address the special needs of residents as determined by the facility staff; and
(iii) For nurse aides providing services to individuals with cognitive impairments, also address the care of the cognitively impaired.  
Continuing education may be provided in any appropriate educational format. Video and audio tape presentations and reading or research assignments are acceptable.

Appropriate subjects for continuing education are any that enhance nurse aides' job related knowledge and skills. These include, but are not limited to the following:

1. remedial training in skills not performed satisfactorily as a result of the annual reevaluation.
2. nursing and nursing related information to improve knowledge and/or skills, including skills working with individuals with cognitive impairments.
3. meeting mental, physical and psychological needs of residents.  
4. recertification in CPR (4-hour limit).
5. self-growth (management of stress, time management, interpersonal skills etc.)
6. written/oral communication, observation and documentation.
7. promotion of resident rights and dignity, including the prohibition of mistreatment, abuse, neglect and misappropriation of resident property.

State Plan for the Nurse Aide Training and Competency Testing Program

For more information visit Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

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