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PDFWAC 246-843-130

Continuing education requirements.

(1) A licensed nursing home administrator shall demonstrate completion of 36 hours of continuing education every two years and comply with WAC 246-12-170 through 246-12-240.
(2) Continuing education approved by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) is acceptable for continuing education credit.
(3) Continuing education that is not approved by NCERS must meet the following requirements:
(a) The basic methods of continuing education learning are:
(i) Seminars;
(ii) Teleconferencing;
(iii) Webinars; and
(iv) Self-study programs.
(b) Continuing education courses shall consist of a minimum of one hour of instruction. Hours are based upon clock hours and are calculated in half hour increments. College courses are rated at 15 hours per each semester unit and 10 hours per each quarter credit.
(c) Continuing education must relate to nursing home administration, be designed to promote continued knowledge and skills with nursing home administration standards, and improve and enhance professional competencies. Continuing education must fit within the following subjects:
(i) Resident centered care;
(ii) Human resources;
(iii) Finance;
(iv) Environment;
(v) Leadership and management;
(vi) Suicide prevention;
(vii) Cultural competency training, including health equity as required in subsection (4) of this section;
(viii) Laws relating to Washington state nursing homes;
(ix) Pandemic response and compliance measures. Examples include, but are not limited to, infection control measures, resident engagement, personal protective equipment procurement and training, emergency staffing, writing and updating policies and procedures pertaining to pandemic management, and other pandemic-related training.
(d) The licensee shall retain proof of course completion. To receive full credit, attendees shall attend the full program. The maximum number of hours allowed for continuing education is 12 hours per day.
(4) A licensee must complete a minimum of two hours of health equity education every four years according to the requirements of WAC 246-12-830. The two hours may count toward the total 36 hours required for a continuing education cycle. Health equity means all people have the same opportunities and equal access in order to attain their full health potential regardless of the color of their skin, ancestry, ethnicity, level of education, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, socioeconomic status, the job they have, the neighborhood they live in, or their ability status.
(5) Continuing education credit of two hours per month may be granted to a preceptor of an administrator-in-training program.
(6) Continuing education credit of a maximum of two hours per month may be granted for serving as a board member for the board of nursing home administrators.
(7) Within 180 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.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.52.030, 18.52.061, 18.52.071, 18.130.250, and 43.70.613. WSR 24-03-147, § 246-843-130, filed 1/23/24, effective 2/23/24. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.52.061. WSR 21-17-079, § 246-843-130, filed 8/12/21, effective 10/10/21. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.52.061 and 18.130.050. WSR 19-19-050, § 246-843-130, filed 9/13/19, effective 10/14/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.52.061, 18.130.050, 18.130.040, 18.130.062, 43.70.041, and chapter 18.52 RCW. WSR 16-17-127, § 246-843-130, filed 8/23/16, effective 9/23/16. Statutory Authority: Chapters 18.52 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 00-01-074, § 246-843-130, filed 12/13/99, effective 1/13/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.52.100. WSR 91-24-050 (Order 217B), § 246-843-130, filed 11/27/91, effective 12/28/91; WSR 91-06-060 (Order 141B), recodified as § 246-843-130, filed 3/1/91, effective 4/1/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.52.100(11). WSR 88-23-038 (Order PM 791), § 308-54-130, filed 11/9/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.52.100(14) and 18.52.110(2). WSR 82-20-092 (Order PL 407), § 308-54-130, filed 10/6/82. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.52.100(14) and 18.52.110. WSR 80-01-057 (Order PL 328), § 308-54-130, filed 12/20/79; Order PL 265, § 308-54-130, filed 3/21/77; Order PL 260, § 308-54-130, filed 12/10/76; Order PL 107, § 308-54-130, filed 3/3/71.]
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