WSR 03-24-072

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed December 1, 2003, 4:01 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule: WAC 246-840-990 Fees and renewal cycle -- Nursing technicians.

Purpose: The underlying statute establishes a registration for nursing technicians, which are defined as nursing students employed in a hospital or nursing home. The statute also states that the secretary shall establish by rule the procedural requirements and fees for renewal of the registration. This amendment does both.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.70.250.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 18.79 RCW.

Summary: Amends WAC 246-840-990 Fees and renewal cycle, to add the renewal requirements and the renewal fees for a nursing technician registration.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: RCW 43.70.250 requires that the program be self-supporting. A fee study was done to set the fees.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Implementation: Kendra N. Pitzler, Tumwater, Washington, (360) 236-4723; and Enforcement: Paula Meyer, Tumwater, Washington, (360) 236-4723.

Name of Proponent: Department of Health, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: This amendment to WAC 246-840-990 adds the renewal requirements and the renewal fees for a nursing technician registration. The underlying statute establishes a registration for nursing technicians, which are defined as nursing students employed in a hospital or nursing home. The statute also states that the secretary shall establish by rule the procedural requirements and fees for renewal of the registration. This rule does both. This rule allows the nursing technician program to be self-supporting per RCW 43.70.250, allowing the registration of nursing technicians.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: The amendment adds the procedural requirements and the fees for renewal of the nursing technician registration.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This rule is exempt per RCW 34.05.010 (4)(f). Small business economic impact statements are not required for rules that set or adjust fees or rates pursuant to legislative standards.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. This rule is exempt per RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vi), rules that set or adjust fees or rates pursuant to legislative standards.

Hearing Location: Department of Health, 310 Israel Road S.E., Room 156, Tumwater, WA 98501, on January 8, 2004, at 9:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Kendra Pitzler by January 2, 2004, TDD (800) 833-6388 or (360) 236-4723.

Submit Written Comments to: Kendra N. Pitzler, P.O. Box 47864, Olympia, WA 98504-7864, e-mail Kendra.Pitzler@doh.wa.gov, fax (360) 236-4738, by January 2, 2004.

Date of Intended Adoption: January 8, 2004.

November 25, 2003

B. White

for Mary Selecky

Secretary

OTS-6411.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-05-060, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98)

WAC 246-840-990   Fees and renewal cycle.   (1) Licenses for practical nurse and registered nurse must be renewed every year on the practitioner's birthday as provided in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.

(2) Licenses for advanced registered nurse must be renewed every two years on the practitioner's birthday as provided in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.

(3) Registrations for nursing technicians must be renewed every year on the practitioner's birthday as provided in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2. The renewal must be accompanied by an attestation as described in chapter 258, Laws of 2003. This attestation will include the nursing technician's anticipated graduation date. If the anticipated graduation date is within one year, the registration will expire thirty days after the anticipated graduation date. The expiration date may be extended to sixty days after graduation if the nursing technician can show good cause as defined in WAC 246-840-010(15).

(4) The following nonrefundable fees shall be charged by the health professions quality assurance division of the department of health. Persons who hold an RN and an LPN license shall be charged separate fees for each license. Persons who are licensed as an advanced registered nurse practitioner in more than one specialty will be charged a fee for each specialty:


RN/LPN fees:


Title of Fee Fee
Application (initial or endorsement) $65.00
License renewal 50.00
Late renewal penalty 50.00
Expired license reissuance 50.00
Inactive renewal 20.00
Expired inactive license reissuance 20.00
Inactive late renewal penalty 10.00
Duplicate license 20.00
Verification of licensure/education (written) 25.00
Advanced registered nurse fees:
Title of Fee Fee
ARNP application with or without prescriptive authority (per speciality)

$65.00

ARNP renewal with or without prescriptive authority (per speciality)

50.00

ARNP late renewal penalty (per speciality) 50.00
ARNP duplicate license (per speciality) 20.00
ARNP written verification of license

(per speciality)

25.00

Nurse technologist fees:
Title of Fee Fee
Application fee registration $130.00
Renewal of registration 90.00
Duplicate registration 15.00
Registration late renewal penalty 50.00

[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280. 98-05-060, 246-840-990, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98. Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.79 RCW. 97-23-075, 246-840-990, filed 11/19/97, effective 1/12/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.79.200. 95-12-021, 246-840-990, filed 5/31/95, effective 7/1/95.]

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