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Washington Assisted Living Regulations

Washington
Assisted Living
Regulations

Nursing Home Administrator Continuing Education

Hours: 36 Hours
Frequency: Biennially

 

A licensed nursing home administrator must demonstrate completion of thirty-six hours of continuing education every two years and comply with chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 7.

Continuing education approved by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) is acceptable for continuing education credit.

Within one hundred eighty days after becoming licensed, a nursing home administrator shall attend a board approved course on laws relating to nursing homes in Washington. The board will grant retroactive credit to those licensees who obtain the required training as administrators-in-training under WAC 246-843-090. The state law training course consists of a minimum of a six-hour program, with formal training objectives, that covers the requirements of chapter 18.52 RCW and essential areas of laws that apply to nursing homes regulated by the department of social and health services under chapter 388-97 WAC to include:
a. Resident services, medical and social;
b. Resident rights, including resident decision making, informed consent, advance directives and notices to residents;
c. Enforcement;
d. Criminal history inquiries;
e. Differences between federal and state law.

WAC 246-843-130

For more information visit Washington State Department of Health

Adult Family Homes Continuing Education

Hours: 12 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

Certified home care aides must complete twelve hours of continuing education each year after obtaining certification as described in RCW 74.39A.341.

If exempt from certification as described in RCW 18.88B.041, all long-term care workers must complete twelve hours of continuing education per year.
Continuing education must include one-half hour per year on safe food handling in adult family homes described in RCW 70.128.250.    

What topics may be covered in continuing education?
Continuing education must be on a topic relevant to the care setting, care needs of residents, or long-term care worker career development. Topics or courses may include but are not limited to:
1. Resident rights, such as freedom from abuse, neglect, abandonment and financial exploitation;
2. Personal care services;
3. Mental illness;
4. Dementia;
5. Developmental disabilities;
6. Depression;
7. Medication assistance;
8. Communication skills;
9. Positive resident behavior support;
10. Developing or improving resident centered activities;
11. Dealing with wandering or aggressive resident behaviors;
12. Medical conditions;
13. Safe food handling, CPR and first aid described in WAC 388-112-0255 and 388-112-0260; and
14. Nurse delegation core and specialized diabetes.

WAC 388-112-0205

For more information visit Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Assisted Living Facilities Continuing Education

Hours: 12 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

a. Effective July 1, 2012, certified home care aides must complete twelve hours of continuing education each year after obtaining certification as described in RCW 74.39A.341.
b. If exempt from certification as described in RCW 18.88B.041, all long-term care workers must complete twelve hours of continuing education per year.
c. Continuing education must include one-half hour per year on safe food handling in adult family homes described in RCW 70.128.250.     What topics may be covered in continuing education?

Continuing education must be on a topic relevant to the care setting, care needs of residents, or long-term care worker career development. Topics or courses may include but are not limited to:
1. Resident rights, such as freedom from abuse, neglect, abandonment and financial exploitation;
2. Personal care services;
3. Mental illness;
4. Dementia;
5. Developmental disabilities;
6. Depression;
7. Medication assistance;
8. Communication skills;
9. Positive resident behavior support;
10. Developing or improving resident centered activities;
11. Dealing with wandering or aggressive resident behaviors;
12. Medical conditions;
13. Safe food handling, CPR and first aid described in WAC 388-112-0255 and 388-112-0260; and
14. Nurse delegation core and specialized diabetes.

WAC 388-112-0205

For more information visit Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

RN/LPN Continuing Education

Hours: 45 Hours
Frequency: Every 3 years

 

At the end of the three-year continuing competency cycle, a nurse must attest on a form provided by the department of health declaring completion of the required active nursing practice hours and continuing nursing education hours.

The nurse must complete, within each three-year review period:
a. A minimum of five hundred thirty-one hours of active nursing practice; and
b. A minimum of forty-five hours of continuing nursing education.

A nurse will have a full three years to meet the requirements in subsections (1) and (2) of this section. The hours may be accumulated at any time throughout the three-year review period. The review period begins on the licensee's first birthday after receiving the initial license.

Nurses must complete a qualified suicide prevention training as follows:
a. Beginning January 1, 2016, registered nurses, except for registered nurses holding an active certified registered nurse anesthetist license, and licensed practical nurses must complete a one-time training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management from a qualified suicide prevention training program. The training must be completed by the end of the first full continuing competency reporting period after or during the first full continuing competency reporting period after initial licensure, whichever is later.
b. Beginning July 1, 2017, a qualified suicide training program must be on the model list, required under RCW 43.70.442, to be accepted.
c. A qualified suicide prevention training program must be an empirically supported training including assessment treatment and management, and must be at least six hours in length which may be provided in one or more sessions.
d. The hours spent completing a qualified training program in suicide assessment, treatment, and management under this section counts toward continuing competency requirements in subsection (2)(b) of this section.

Chapter 246-840 WAC

For more information visit Washington State Department of Health

Certified Nurse Aide Continuing Education

Hours: 12 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

In-service training must be sufficient to ensure the continuing competence of nurse aides, but must be no less than 12 hours per year.

In-service training must:
Include dementia management training and resident abuse prevention training.

Address areas of weakness as determined in nurse aides' performance reviews and facility assessment at § 483.70(e) and may address the special needs of residents as determined by the facility staff.

For nurse aides providing services to individuals with cognitive impairments, also address the care of the cognitively impaired.

Chapter 246-841 WAC and 42 CFR 483.95

For more information visit Washington State Department of Health.

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