WSR 05-20-107

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission)

[ Filed October 5, 2005, 10:14 a.m. , effective November 5, 2005 ]


Purpose: The purpose of this rule is to implement chapter 268, Laws of 2005. This rule applies a nursing center surcharge fee of five dollars to all licensed practical nurse (LPN) and registered nurse (RN) applications and renewals. The proceeds will be used to provide grants to a nonprofit central nursing resource center.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 246-840-990.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.70.010, 43.70.250, and chapter 268, Laws of 2005.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 05-15-115 on July 18, 2005.

A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting Kendra Pitzler, P.O. Box 47864, Olympia, WA 98504-7864, phone (360) 236-4723, fax (360) 236-4738, e-mail kendra.pitzler@doh.wa.gov.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: October 5, 2005.

M. C. Selecky

Secretary

OTS-8170.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 05-12-012, filed 5/20/05, effective 7/1/05)

WAC 246-840-990   Fees and renewal cycle.   (1) Applicants for a practical nurse or registered nurse license must pay the application fee and the nursing center surcharge fee when applying for a license. 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. Practical nurses and registered nurses must pay the renewal fee and the nursing center surcharge fee when renewing licenses. The secretary may require payment of renewal fees less than those established in this section if the current level of fees is likely to result in a surplus of funds. Surplus funds are those in excess of the amount necessary to pay for the costs of administering the program and to maintain a reasonable reserve. Notice of any adjustment in the required payment will be provided to practitioners. The adjustment in the required payment shall remain in place for the duration of a renewal cycle to assure practitioners an equal benefit from the adjustment.

(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. The secretary may require payment of renewal fees less than those established in this section if the current level of fees is likely to result in a surplus of funds. Surplus funds are those in excess of the amount necessary to pay for the costs of administering the program and to maintain a reasonable reserve. Notice of any adjustment in the required payment will be provided to practitioners. The adjustment in the required payment shall remain in place for the duration of a renewal cycle to assure practitioners an equal benefit from the adjustment.

(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). The secretary may require payment of renewal fees less than those established in this section if the current level of fees is likely to result in a surplus of funds. Surplus funds are those in excess of the amount necessary to pay for the costs of administering the program and to maintain a reasonable reserve. Notice of any adjustment in the required payment will be provided to practitioners. The adjustment in the required payment shall remain in place for the duration of a renewal cycle to assure practitioners an equal benefit from the adjustment.

(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
Nursing center surcharge 5.00

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 43.70.250, [43.70.]280 and 43.70.110. 05-12-012, 246-840-990, filed 5/20/05, effective 7/1/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.250 and chapter 18.79 RCW. 04-04-054, 246-840-990, filed 1/30/04, effective 1/30/04. 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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