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Rhode Island Assisted Living Regulations

Rhode Island
Assisted Living
Regulations

Nursing Home Administrator Continuing Education

Hours: 40 Hours
Frequency: Biennially

 

In June of every even numbered year, application for renewal of licensure shall be accompanied by or supported by evidence of the licensee's having completed a minimum of forty (40) hours of continuing education as provided in section 7.0 herein.

Thirty (30) hours of the required forty (40) hours of continuing education in a two-year period shall be contact hours, as defined herein. The remaining ten (10) hours of continuing education may be non-contact hours.

R5-45-NHA Section 7.0

For more information visit Rhode Island Department of Health.

Assisted Living Administrator Continuing Education

Hours: 32 Hours
Frequency: Every 2 years

 

To be eligible for re-licensure every two (2) years following initial licensure, a certified assisted living residence administrator shall have completed thirty-two (32) hours of Department approved continuing education within the previous two (2) years.

Sixteen (16) hours of the required thirty-two (32) hours of continuing education in a two-year period shall be contact hours. The remaining sixteen (16) hours of continuing education may be non-contact hours.

R23-17.4-ALA

For more information visit Rhode Island Department of Health.

Assisted Living Staff In-Service Education

Hours: Topic Specific
Frequency: Annually

 

Employees shall have on-going, at intervals not to exceed twelve (12) months, in-service training as appropriate for their job classifications and including the topics listed below.

a. Fire prevention;
b. Recognition and reporting of abuse, neglect, and mistreatment;
c. Assisted living philosophy (goals/values: dignity, independence, autonomy, choice);
d. Resident's rights;
e. Confidentiality.
f. Emergency preparedness and procedures;
g. Medical emergency procedures;
h. Infection control policies and procedures; and
i. Resident elopement.   

a. Basic sanitation;
b. Food service;
c. Basic knowledge of cultural differences;
d. Basic knowledge of aging-related behaviors including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease;
e. Personal assistance;
f. Assistance with medications;
g. Safety of residents;
h. Body Mechanics;
i. Resident Transfers (required for residences licensed at the F1 level for fire safety);
j. Record-keeping;
k. Service plans; and
l. Internal reporting.

R23-17.4-ALA

For more information visit Rhode Island Department of Health.

Medication Aide Continuing Education

Hours: 4 Hours
Frequency: Every 2 years

 

Every medication aide seeking renewal of a license under the provisions of the Act and the rules and regulations herein shall provide satisfactory evidence to the Department that in the preceding two (2) years the licensee has completed four (4) required continuing education hours as established in this section.

Continuing education hours related to medication administration will be accepted by the Board for course work that has been presented, accepted, or approved by recognized professional nursing organizations, schools of pharmacy, health care facilities, employing organizations, or other professional, labor organization, or accrediting agency as may be approved by the Board.

R23-17.9-NA

For more information visit Rhode Island Department of Health.

Direct Care Staff Dementia Care Level Training

Hours: 4 Hours / 12 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

Dementia Care Level: The administrator shall ensure that all new employees who will assist residents with personal care at the dementia level of care receive at least four (4) hours of orientation and training in the areas listed below prior to beginning work alone in the assisted living residence, in addition to the areas stipulated in §§ 8.7 and 8.8 of these Regulations.

Staff will be provided no less than twelve (12) hours of continued education in the following areas at intervals not to exceed twelve (12) months.
a. Understanding various dementias;
b. Communicating effectively with dementia residents;
c. Managing behaviors;  
d. Elopement procedures for the Unit/Program;
e. Creating a safe environment for residents;
f . Medications commonly prescribed for resident residing in the unit/program and potential side effects.

R23-17.4-ALR

For more information visit Rhode Island Department of Health.

Direct Care Staff Limited Health Services Training

Hours: 4 Hours / 2 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

All employees, including those who will assist residents with personal care receive at least four (4) hours of orientation and training in the areas listed below prior to beginning work alone with a resident receiving limited health services.

Staff will be provided no less than two (2) hours of continued education in the following areas at intervals not to exceed twelve (12) months.

a. Pressure ulcer treatment and prevention;
b. Simple wound care including postoperative suture care/removal and stasis ulcer care;
c. Ostomy care including appliance changes for residents with established stomas;
d. Urinary catheter care;
e. Reporting changes in condition;
f. Signs and symptoms of infection(s)
g. Signs and symptoms of dehydration

R23-17.4-ALR

For more information visit Rhode Island Department of Health.

RN/LPN Continuing Education

Hours: 10 Hours
Frequency: Every 2 years

 

Nurses seeking to renew a nursing license must complete 10 continuing education hours during every two year licensing cycle, two of those hours must be about substance abuse.

Continuing education courses must be approved by the Rhode Island Board of Registration and Nursing Education. Approved training includes: courses approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or its local chapter, other recognized professional nursing organizations, any department or school of nursing approved by a board of nursing; or such other professional, labor organization, or accrediting agency approved by the Board. At renewal, nurses must sign a statement attesting to completion of the continuing education requirements.

R23-17.4-ALR

For more information visit Rhode Island Department of Health.

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