Nursing Home Administrator - Rules in Progress

Rules in Progress

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Current rules in progress

A joint workshop of the Board of Nursing Home Administrators and the Department of Health will be held on July 15, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. via Microsoft TEAMS. This is part of a regular Board of Nursing Home Administrators meeting that begins earlier. We will send out an agenda for the regular meeting separately. 

You can access this meeting as follows:

Microsoft Teams meeting 

Join the meeting here on your computer or mobile app    

Or call in (audio only)
+1 564-999-2000, United States, Olympia 
Phone Conference ID: 365 331 131# 

The following subjects will be considered at this workshop:

  • The Board of Nursing Home Administrators (board) determined that it would start rulemaking to consider establishing a retired active status. The retired active status will allow nursing home administrators to maintain their credentials and practice in a limited way at a reduced cost. Under RCW 18.130.250 and chapter 246-12 WAC, a health care provider may apply for a retired active credential when he or she holds an active Washington state credential and is in good standing. With this credential, the health care provider will practice no more than ninety days each year or only in emergency circumstances. 
  • The Department of Health will determine the fee that would be charged if the board adopts a retired active status.
  • WAC 246-843-130(6) states that a nursing home administrator must attend a board-approved course on laws relating to nursing homes in Washington within one hundred eighty days of becoming licensed. 
    • The revision being considered for WAC 246-843-180 (Expired License) is to add, for licensees who did not provide proof of completing this training before their credential expired, a requirement that they obtain this class before their license returns to active status. The purpose of the class is to ensure licensees have sufficient knowledge of Washington laws and rules and was initially added to replace a requirement for an examination specific to Washington state laws and rules.

For further information, please contact the nursing home administrator program manager by email, or call 360-236-4723.

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