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Pennsylvania Assisted Living Regulations

Pennsylvania
Assisted Living
Regulations

Administrator Continuing Education

Hours: 24 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

An administrator shall have at least 24 hours of annual training relating to the job duties.

The Department-approved administrator training course specified in subsection (a) fulfills the annual training requirement for the first year.

Annual training shall be provided by Department-approved training sources listed in the Department’s assisted living residence training resource directory or by an accredited college or university, courses approved for credit by National Continuing Education Review Service/National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long-Term Care Administrators or the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs in the Department of State.

§ 2800.64

For more information visit Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

 

Direct Care Staff Continuing Education

Hours: 16 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

Direct care staff persons shall have at least 16 hours of annual training relating to their job duties.

The training required in §  2800.69 (relating to additional dementia-specific training) shall be in addition to the 16 hour annual training.

§ 2800.64

For more information visit Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

All Staff Continuing Education

Hours: Topic Specific
Frequency: Annually

 

    1. Fire safety completed by a fire safety expert or by a staff person trained by a fire safety expert. Videos prepared by a fire safety expert are acceptable for the training if accompanied by an onsite staff person trained by a fire safety expert.
    2. Emergency preparedness procedures and recognition and response to crises and emergency situations.
    3. Resident rights.
    4. The Older Adult Protective Services Act (35 P. S. § §  10225.101—10225.708).
    5. Falls and accident prevention. (6)  New population groups that are being served at the residence that were not previously served, if applicable.

§ 2800.64

For more information visit Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

 

All Staff-Additional Dementia Specific Training

Hours: 2 Hours / 4 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

Administrative staff, direct care staff persons, ancillary staff persons, substitute personnel and volunteers shall receive at least 4 hours of dementia-specific training within 30 days of hire and at least 2 hours of dementia-specific training annually thereafter in addition to the training requirements of this chapter.

§ 2800.69

For more information visit Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

 

Special Care Unit: Direct Care Staff Dementia Training

Hours: 8 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

Each direct care staff person working in a special care unit for residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia shall have 8 hours of initial training within the first 30 days of the date of hire and a minimum of 8 hours of annual training related to dementia care and services, in addition to the 16 hours of annual training specified in §  2800.65 (relating to staff orientation and direct care staff person training and orientation).

The training for each direct care staff person working in a special care unit for residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia at a minimum must include the following topics:

   1.  An overview of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

   2.  Managing challenging behaviors.

   3.  Effective communications.

   4.  Assistance with ADLs.

   5.  Creating a safe environment.

§ 2800.236

For more information visit Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

 

Special Care Unit: INRBI Direct Care Staff Training

Hours: 8 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

Each direct care staff person working in a special care unit for INRBI shall have 8 hours of initial training within the first 30 days of the date of hire and a minimum of 8 hours of annual training related to brain injury, in addition to the 16 hours of annual training specified in §  2800.65 and any continuing education required for professional licensing.

The training for each direct care staff person working in a special care unit for INRBI in addition to subsection (b)(3), (4) and (5), must at a minimum include the following topics:

   1.  An overview of brain injury including the common cognitive, physical and behavioral effects.

   2.  Understanding and managing challenging behaviors which follow from the cognitive, physical and behavioral effects of brain injury.

   3.  Tailoring activities and interactions to provide individualized rehabilitation and support in accordance with the resident’s rehabilitation and support plan.

   4.  Coaching and cueing, interactive problem solving, promoting the initiation of self-soothing activities, and timing the fading of supports.

§ 2800.236

For more information visit Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

 

RN Continuing Education

Hours: 30 Hours
Frequency: Biennially

 

A registered nurse seeking licensure renewal shall complete 30 hours of continuing education approved by the Board during the biennial renewal period immediately preceding the application for renewal in accordance with section 12.1 of the act (63 P.S. §  222) and this subchapter.   

a. Continuing education must be relevant to patient care or professional nursing in a general or specialty area and enhance the knowledge and application of the physical, social, biological and behavioral sciences.

b. The Board may, for any given biennial license period and with adequate notice to registered nurses, require that up to 4 hours of continuing education be completed in designated topics.

c. Courses in areas related to the practice of professional nursing such as the following are acceptable:

       1.  Human sexuality.

       2.  Death, dying and grief.

       3.  Foreign language relevant to health care.

       4.  Therapeutic interpersonal relationship skills.

       5.  Patient rights.

       6.  Pharmacology.

d. Courses in areas impacting the practice of professional nursing, such as nursing administration, management, education, and diagnostic and procedural coding are acceptable.

e. Group or individual research, as the principal or co-principal investigator, if approved by the institutional review board of the sponsoring institution, is acceptable and will be credited in the year completed as 15 hours of continuing education.

f. Nonprofessional course content not directly related to patient care, such as courses in self-improvement, changes in attitude, financial gain, courses designed for lay people, basic life support or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, mandatory annual education on facility specific policies unrelated to the practice of professional nursing (such as facility leave policies) and employment orientation programs are not acceptable for meeting requirements for license renewal.

§ 21.131 & § 21.133

For more information visit Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

 

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