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Chapter 246-845 WAC

Last Update: 11/27/17

NURSING POOL

WAC Sections

HTMLPDF246-845-050Registration of a nursing pool.
HTMLPDF246-845-060Application.
HTMLPDF246-845-070Registrations.
HTMLPDF246-845-080Insurance requirements.
HTMLPDF246-845-090Quality assurance standards.
HTMLPDF246-845-110Denial, suspension, or revocation of registration.
HTMLPDF246-845-990Nursing pool fees and renewal cycle.
DISPOSITION OF SECTIONS FORMERLY CODIFIED IN THIS TITLE
246-845-020Registration of a nursing pool. [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.52C.030. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-845-020, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-845-020, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.52.030. WSR 89-05-019 (Order PM 794), § 308-310-020, filed 2/10/89.] Repealed by WSR 93-14-011, filed 6/24/93, effective 7/25/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250.
246-845-030Renewal of registration. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-845-030, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.52.030. WSR 89-05-019 (Order PM 794), § 308-310-030, filed 2/10/89.] Repealed by WSR 93-14-011, filed 6/24/93, effective 7/25/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250.
246-845-040Denial, suspension, or revocation of registration. [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.52C.030 and 18.130.050. WSR 92-02-018 (Order 224), § 246-845-040, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-845-040, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.52.030. WSR 89-05-019 (Order PM 794), § 308-310-040, filed 2/10/89.] Repealed by WSR 93-14-011, filed 6/24/93, effective 7/25/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250.
246-845-100Renewal of registration. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. WSR 93-14-011, § 246-845-100, filed 6/24/93, effective 7/25/93.] Repealed by WSR 98-05-060, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280.


PDF246-845-050

Registration of a nursing pool.

After January 1, 1989, no individual, firm, corporation, partnership, or association may advertise, operate, manage, conduct, open, or maintain a business providing, procuring, or referring health care personnel for temporary employment in health care facilities without first registering with the department of health.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. WSR 93-14-011, § 246-845-050, filed 6/24/93, effective 7/25/93.]



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Application.

Applicants for nursing pool registration shall submit to the department of health:
(1) A completed application for registration on forms furnished by the department;
(2) A registration fee as established by the secretary;
(3) Evidence of professional or general liability insurance in accordance with WAC 246-845-080;
(4) A signed quality assurance standards affidavit, and documentation of methods used for compliance with the standards established in WAC 246-845-090;
(5) The Washington state corporation certification number or a copy of the "certificate of authority to do business in Washington" if the nursing pool is owned by a corporation.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. WSR 93-14-011, § 246-845-060, filed 6/24/93, effective 7/25/93.]



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Registrations.

(1) If the applicant meets the requirements of this chapter and chapter 18.130 RCW, the department shall issue a nursing pool registration. The registration shall remain effective for a period of one year from date of issuance unless revoked or suspended pursuant to chapter 18.130 RCW, or voided pursuant to subsection (2) of this section.
(2) If the registered nursing pool is sold or ownership or management is transferred, the new owner or operator shall apply for a new registration.
(3) Each separate location of the business of a nursing pool shall have a separate registration.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. WSR 93-14-011, § 246-845-070, filed 6/24/93, effective 7/25/93.]



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Insurance requirements.

Each nursing pool shall carry professional and general liability insurance in the amount of one million dollars per occurrence for each person who delivers patient care services. The policy must show coverage using one of the following methods:
(1) The nursing pool maintains insurance coverage in the amount indicated for the nursing pool itself and its employees or agents; or
(2) The nursing pool maintains professional and general liability insurance for its own liability in the amount indicated and only refers self-employed, independent contractors who must maintain their own professional and general liability insurance in the amount indicated. Written evidence of such insurance coverage shall be maintained by the nursing pool in the independent contractor's personnel file for a minimum of three years.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. WSR 93-14-011, § 246-845-080, filed 6/24/93, effective 7/25/93.]



PDF246-845-090

Quality assurance standards.

Nursing pools shall comply with the quality assurance standards contained in this section. Evidence of compliance with these standards shall be retained by the nursing pool and be available for inspection by the department for a minimum of three years. These standards are as follows:
(1) Establishment of a prehire/precontract screening procedure which includes the following:
(a) Written or verbal verification of two references relevant to the work the applicant proposes to do for the nursing pool. References must include dates of employment/contracting;
(b) Written verification of applicant's current, unrestricted professional license, certificate, or registration issued by the department;
(c) Written verification of any certification by a private or public entity in clinical areas relevant to the applicant's proposed work;
(d) Written verification of current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification;
(e) Written health screening plan that assures that each applicant is free of tuberculosis, physically able to perform the job duties required for the position, and compliance with OSHA regulations regarding the HBV virus;
(f) Compliance with RCW 43.43.830 regarding criminal history disclosure and background inquiries;
(g) Establishment of a post-hire/post-contract procedure which includes the following:
(i) Written procedure for orientation of all new hires/contractors to the nursing pool's policies and procedures prior to beginning work;
(ii) Written performance evaluation plan to include written evaluations from facilities regarding performance of persons who have delivered patient care services;
(iii) Written continuing education program for personnel/contractors that at a minimum provides educational programs on a variety of related topics relevant to the work performed to include: HIV/HBV information, fire and safety, universal precautions, infection control, and information concerning Washington state abuse reporting requirements;
(2) Compliance with state and federal wage and labor laws, and federal immigration laws.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. WSR 93-14-011, § 246-845-090, filed 6/24/93, effective 7/25/93.]



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Denial, suspension, or revocation of registration.

The secretary may deny, suspend, or revoke the registration and/or assess penalties if any nursing pool is found to have violated the provisions of chapter 18.130 RCW, the Uniform Disciplinary Act, or of this chapter.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. WSR 93-14-011, § 246-845-110, filed 6/24/93, effective 7/25/93.]



PDF246-845-990

Nursing pool fees and renewal cycle.

(1) Registrations must be renewed every year on the practitioner's birthday as provided in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.
(2) The following nonrefundable fees will be charged:
Title of Fee
Fee
Original application
$175.00
Renewal
155.00
 
Late renewal penalty
80.00
Expired registration reissuance
60.00
Duplicate license
10.00
Verification of license
25.00
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250 and 43.70.280. WSR 17-24-014 and 17-22-088, § 246-845-990, filed 11/27/17 and 10/27/17, effective 3/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250, [43.70.]280 and 43.70.110. WSR 05-12-012, § 246-845-990, filed 5/20/05, effective 7/1/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. WSR 99-08-101, § 246-845-990, filed 4/6/99, effective 7/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280. WSR 98-05-060, § 246-845-990, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. WSR 93-14-011, § 246-845-990, filed 6/24/93, effective 7/25/93; WSR 91-13-002 (Order 173), § 246-845-990, filed 6/6/91, effective 7/7/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-845-990, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250. WSR 90-04-094 (Order 029), § 308-310-010, filed 2/7/90, effective 3/10/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.24.086. WSR 88-20-076 (Order 784), § 308-310-010, filed 10/5/88.]