Board of Nursing Home Administrators (BNHA)

The mandate of the Board of Nursing Home Administrators (BNHA) is to protect the public's health and safety by regulating the competency and quality of nursing home administrators under its jurisdiction. The board accomplishes this goal through a variety of activities working with the Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance division.

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Board Information

Description

The mandate of the Board of Nursing Home Administrators (BNHA) is to protect the public's health and safety by regulating the competency and quality of nursing home administrators under its jurisdiction. The board accomplishes this goal through a variety of activities working with the Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance division.

Board duties include:

  • Establishing qualifications for minimal competency to grant or deny licensure of nursing home administrators
  • Regulating the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction by establishing, monitoring and enforcing qualifications for licensure.
  • Establishing and monitoring compliance with continuing education requirements
  • Ensuring consistent standards of practice
  • Developing continuing competency mechanisms
  • Assessing, investigating and making recommendations related to complaints against nursing home administrators which may range from a Notice of Correction to a license revocation.
  • Serving as reviewing members on disciplinary cases and serve on disciplinary hearing panels
  • Serving as members of standing committees, when appointed
  • Developing rules, policies and procedures that promote the delivery of quality healthcare to state residents
  • Prepare and administer or approve the preparation and administration of examinations for licensure.

Qualifications

The Board of Nursing Home Administrators consists of four administrators who have been in active practice in this state for at least four years prior to appointment and who aren't employed by state or federal government. The board membership also includes four representatives of the healthcare professions providing medical or nursing services in nursing homes or people employed by educational institutions who have special knowledge or expertise in the field of healthcare administration, healthcare education or long-term care or both.

One public member must be a resident of a nursing home or a family member of a resident or a person eligible for Medicare.

All members must be U.S. citizens and residents of Washington State. No member who is a non-administrator representative shall have any direct or family financial interest in a nursing home.

Board participation expectation guidelines

The following expectation guidelines are intended to serve as a reference for current members and for prospective appointees of the board:

  • The board meets for one day four times per year. Meetings are generally scheduled in February, May, August and November. There is an annual Department of Health one-day Board, Commission, and Committee conference.
  • Board members are assigned to case disposition panels that meets via phone every two weeks. Only three to four board members are assigned to attend each meeting. In addition, board members who are nursing home administrators are assigned to review individual cases for presentation at case disposition panels.
  • Board members may be appointed to sub-committees based on their individual expertise. These sub-committees will generally meet once per month via phone.
  • Board members may also attend a three-day professional conference sponsored by the National Association of Long-term Care Administrator Boards (NAB).
  • Board members may be scheduled to conduct a site visit to interview an administrator-in-training (AIT) and their preceptor.
  • New board members will be scheduled to attend an orientation.

Total annual time commitment

  • Meetings/conferences: Four to six days per year
  • Meeting preparation: Two to four hours per meeting
  • Complaint file review: 1.5 hours per complaint assigned review and presentation
  • Hearing panels: Disciplinary hearings can last an average of one to three days, but are rare.

Performance guidelines for newly appointed board members

Attend an initial orientation presented by Department of Health staff. This is about a day in length. Initial orientation outlines legal authority of the board, the roles and responsibilities of members, ethics, confidentiality, the legal liability of members and the Department of Health, the organizational structure of the department, roles and responsibilities of department staff, roles and responsibilities of staff attorneys and Assistant Attorneys General (AAGs), disciplinary processes, rule making and other issues.

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Board Members

Name and term expiration date of members

Members Term Expires
Carl Christensen, PhD, RN, chair
Healthcare professional
May 28, 2023
Rosalie Romano, vice chair
Public member
May 28, 2024
Ann Zell, NHA
Nursing home administrator
May 28, 2024
Angela Cerna, NHA
Nursing home administrator
May 28, 2023
Marlita Basada, RN
Healthcare professional
May 28, 2023
Matthew Macklin, NHA
Nursing home administrator
May 28, 2026
Paul Emmans, DO
Healthcare professional
May 28, 2026
Jesse Shelton, NHA
Nursing home administrator
May 28, 2024
Vacant
Nursing home administrator
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Vacant
Nursing home administrator
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Vacant
Public member
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Board Meetings

Regular board meetings are scheduled four times per year. Most meetings are held in Tumwater.

(Times and dates are subject to change)

Date and Location Activity Documents
October 21, 2022 at 9 a.m.
Virtual meeting
Business meeting Agenda (PDF)

Location TBD when in-person meetings resume.

Meeting Minutes

2022

2021