PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
(Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission)
[Filed September 23, 1998, 8:10 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-840-050 Licensing examination, 246-840-070 Failures--Repeat examination, and 246-840-090 Licensure by interstate endorsement.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.79.110, 18.79.160(5).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: These three rules exist to define to candidates which examination is currently being used for licensure, the procedures for repeating an examination and the procedures for a person who wishes to obtain their licensure by the endorsement process. The proposed amendments would clarify in WAC 246-840-050 the appropriate number of times an applicant can take the examination; WAC 246-840-070 includes an amendment to make it clear that the candidate can take examinations for two years following completion of the nursing program; and WAC 246-840-090 includes an amendment to make it clear that endorsement candidates may take the examination within four attempts or two years following completion of the nursing program.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: These rules were identified during the mandatory rules review process as needing amendments to make them more clear. Copies of the rules were mailed to all persons on the interested persons mailing list and an open public meeting was held to solicit input.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Terry J. West, Program Manager, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47864, Olympia, WA 98504-7864, phone (360) 664-4207, fax (360) 586-2165.
August 27, 1998
Paula R. Meyer