subchapter 13O healthcare personnel registry

 

SECTION .0100 - HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL REGISTRY

 

10A NCAC 13O .0101 DEFINITIONS

The following definitions shall apply throughout this Subchapter:

(1) "Abuse" is defined by 42 CFR Part 488 Subpart E which is incorporated by reference, including subsequent amendments. Copies of the Code of Federal Regulations may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C. 20402.

(2) "Diversion of drugs" means the unauthorized taking or use of any drug.

(3) "Drug" means any chemical compound that may be used on or administered to humans or animals as an aid in the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of disease or other condition or for the relief of pain or suffering or to control or improve any physiological pathologic condition.

(4) "Finding" (when used in conjunction with the Health Care Personnel Registry) means a determination by the Department that an allegation of resident abuse or neglect, misappropriation of resident or health care facility property, diversion of drugs belonging to a resident or health care facility, and fraud against a resident or health care facility has been substantiated.

(5) "Fraud" means an intentional deception or misrepresentation made by a person with the knowledge that the deception could result in some unauthorized benefit to himself or some other person. It includes any act that constitutes fraud under applicable Federal or State Law.

(6) "Health Care Facility" means all the facilities and agencies as defined in G.S. 131E-256(b).

(7) "Health Care Personnel" means all the persons as defined in G.S. 131E‑256(c).

(8) "Misappropriation of resident property" is defined by 42 CFR Part 488 Subpart E which is incorporated by reference, including subsequent amendments. Copies of the Code of Federal Regulations may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C. 20402.

(9) "Misappropriation of the property of a health care facility" means the deliberate misplacement, exploitation, or wrongful, temporary or permanent use of a health care facility's property without the facility's consent.

(10) "Neglect" is defined by 42 CFR Part 488 Subpart E which is incorporated by reference, including subsequent amendments. Copies of the Code of Federal Regulations may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C. 20402.

(11) "Resident" means all the individuals residing in or being served by a health care facility as defined in G.S. 131E-256(b).

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 131E-256; 42 U.S.C. 1395; 42 U.S.C. 1396;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 20, 1996;

Eff. August 1, 1998;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. June 20, 2015.

 

10A NCAC 13o .0102 INVESTIGATING AND REPORTING HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL

The reporting by health care facilities to the Department of all allegations against health care personnel as defined in G.S. 131E-256 (a)(1), including injuries of unknown source, shall be done within 24 hours of the health care facility becoming aware of the allegation. The results of the health care facility's investigation shall be submitted to the Department in accordance with G.S. 131E-256(g).

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 131E-256;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 20, 1996;

Eff. August 1, 1998;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2005;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. June 20, 2015.

 

section .0200 medication aide registry

 

10A NCAC 13O .0201 MEDICATION AIDE COMPETENCY EVALUATION

(a) A competency evaluation candidate shall be advised by the Department after successful completion of a North Carolina Board of Nursing approved medication aide training program and prior to the competency exam that upon successful completion of the competency exam the individual will be listed on the State's medication aide registry.

(b) The competency exam shall include each course requirement specified in the North Carolina Board of Nursing's approved training program as provided for in 21 NCAC 36 .0403 and 21 NCAC 36 .0406.

(c) The competency examination shall be administered and evaluated only by the Department or its agent.

(d) A record of successful completion of the competency exam shall be included in the medication aide registry within 30 business days of successful completion of the evaluation.

(e) If the competency exam candidate does not satisfactorily complete the exam, the candidate shall be advised by the Department of the areas which the individual did not pass.

(f) Every competency exam candidate shall have the opportunity to take the exam three times before being required to retake and successfully complete the Medication Aide training program.

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 131E-114.2(b); 131E-270;

Eff. October 1, 2006;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. June 20, 2015.

 

10A NCAC 13O .0202 REGISTRY OF MEDICATION AIDES

(a) Prior to assigning medication aide duties to a Medication Aide, pursuant to G.S. 131E-114.2, the facility shall conduct a clinical skills validation for those medication administration tasks to be performed in the facility. This validation shall be conducted by a registered nurse consistent with his/her occupational licensing law and who has a current unencumbered license to practice in North Carolina. A record of this validation shall be retained in the Medication Aide's file.

(b) The Department shall provide information on the registry within one business day of the request for information.

(c) The medication aide listing on the Medication Aide Registry shall be renewed every two years provided the individual has worked for a minimum of eight hours as a Medication Aide in each consecutive 24 month period following their initial listing.

(d) The registry shall contain the following information for each individual who is listed on the Medication Aide Registry:

(1) the individual's full name;

(2) the date the individual became eligible for placement on the registry;

(3) the training program and competency exam completed; and

(4) the date of listing renewal and expiration.

(e) The Medication Aide Registry shall remove entries for individuals who have not been employed as a medication aide for a minimum of eight hours in each consecutive 24 month period following initial listing.

(f) An individual who gains or attempts to gain registry listing by providing false or misleading information on listing or re-listing applications shall not be listed on the registry.

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 131E-114.2(b); 131E-270;

Eff. October 1, 2006;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. June 20, 2015.

 

SECTION .0300 - Nurse Aide I Registry

 

10A NCAC 13O .0301 NURSE AIDE I TRAINING AND COMPETENCY EVALUATION

(a) To be eligible to be listed on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry by the Health Care Personnel Education and Credentialing Section, a person shall:

(1) pass a Nurse Aide I training program approved by the Department in accordance with 42 CFR 483.151 through 42 CFR 483.152 and the State of North Carolina's Nurse Aide I competency exam; or

(2) apply to the Department for approval to be listed on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry by reciprocity of a nurse aide certification or registration from another State to North Carolina.

(b) In applying for reciprocity of a nurse aide certification or registration to be listed on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry pursuant to Subparagraph (a)(2) of this Rule, the applicant shall:

(1) submit a completed application to the Department that includes the following:

(A) first, middle, and last name;

(B) the applicant's prior name(s), if any;

(C) mother's maiden name;

(D) gender;

(E) social security number;

(F) date of birth;

(G) mailing address;

(H) email address;

(I) home telephone number;

(J) any other State registries of nurse aides upon which the applicant is listed;

(K) certification or registration numbers for any State nurse aide registries identified in Part (b)(1)(J) of this Rule;

(L) original issue dates for any certifications or registrations identified in Part (b)(1)(K) of this Rule;

(M) expiration dates for any certifications or registrations identified in Part (b)(1)(K) of this Rule; and

(N) employment history;

(2) provide documentation verifying that his or her registry listing is active and in good standing in the State(s) of reciprocity, dated no older than 30 calendar days prior to the date the application is received by the Department; and

(3) provide a copy of his or her Social Security card and an unexpired government-issued identification containing a photograph and signature.

(c) For the applicant to be approved for reciprocity of a nurse aide certification or registration and be listed on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry, the Department shall verify the following:

(1) the applicant has completed an application in accordance with Subparagraph (b)(1) of this Rule;

(2) the applicant is listed on another State's registry of nurse aides as active and in good standing;

(3) the applicant has no pending or substantiated findings of abuse, neglect, exploitation, or misappropriation of resident or patient property recorded on other State registries of nurse aides;

(4) if the applicant has been employed as a nurse aide for monetary compensation consisting of at least a total of eight hours of time worked performing nursing or nursing-related tasks delegated and supervised by a Registered Nurse, then the applicant shall provide the employer name, employer address, and dates of employment for the previous 24 consecutive months;

(5) the name listed on the Social Security card and government-issued identification containing a photograph and signature submitted with the application matches the name listed on another State's registry of nurse aides or that the applicant has submitted additional documentation verifying any name changes; and

(6) the applicant completed a State-approved nurse aide training and competency evaluation program that meets the requirements of 42 CFR 483.152 or a State-approved competency evaluation program that meets the requirements of 42 CFR 483.154.

(d) The Department shall within 10 business days of receipt of an application for reciprocity of a nurse aide certification or registration or receipt of additional information from the applicant:

(1) inform the applicant by letter whether he or she has been approved; or

(2) request additional information from the applicant.

The applicant shall be added to the NC Nurse Aide I Registry within three business days of Department approval.

(e) This Rule incorporates 42 CFR Part 483 Subpart D by reference, including all subsequent amendments and editions. Copies of the Code of Federal Regulations may be accessed electronically free of charge from www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFR.

(f) The State of North Carolina's Nurse Aide I competency exam shall include each course requirement specified in the Department-approved Nurse Aide I training program as provided for in 42 CFR 483.152.

(g) The State of North Carolina's Nurse Aide I competency exam shall be administered and evaluated only by the Department or its contracted testing agent as provided for in 42 CFR 483.154.

(h) The Department shall include a record of completion of the State of North Carolina's Nurse Aide I competency exam in the NC Nurse Aide I Registry within 30 days of passing the written or oral exam and the skills demonstration as provided for in 42 CFR 483.154.

(i) If the State of North Carolina's Nurse Aide I competency exam candidate does not pass the written or oral exam and the skills demonstration as provided for in 42 CFR 483.154, the candidate shall be advised by the Department of the areas that the individual did not pass.

(j) Every North Carolina's Nurse Aide I competency exam candidate shall have the opportunity to take the exam at maximum three times before being required to retake and pass a Nurse Aide I training program.

(k) U.S. military personnel who have completed medical corpsman training and retired or non-practicing nurses shall not be required to take the Department-approved Nurse Aide I training program to be listed or relisted on the Nurse Aide I Registry, unless the person fails to pass the State of North Carolina's Nurse Aide I competency exam after three attempts.

 

History Note: Authority G.S. 131E-255; 42 CFR 483.150; 42 CFR 483.151; 42 CFR 483.152; 42 CFR 483.154; 42 CFR 483.156; 42 CFR 483.158;

Eff. January 1, 2016;

Emergency Amendment Eff. April 20, 2020;

Temporary Amendment Eff. June 26, 2020;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2021.