WSR 08-13-092

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission)

[ Filed June 18, 2008, 8:39 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-840-XXX, new rule for the nursing care quality assurance commission mandatory continuing competency for licensed nurses.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.79.010 and 18.79.110.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: It is felt that continuing competency requirements encourage nurses to continually upgrade their knowledge and skills. Patient care and safety depend on the nurse being current in their knowledge and skills.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule through workshops and submitting comments on draft rules. All notices will be sent to member [members] of the nursing care quality assurance commission listserve. Interested parties can sign up at http://listserv.wa.gov./cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=nursing-qac&A=1. Interested parties may also obtain this information by contacting Kendra Pitzler, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47864, Olympia, WA 98504-7860, phone (360) 236-4723, fax (360) 236-4738 or e-mail kendra.pitzler@doh.wa.gov.

June 13, 2008

Paula R. Meyer, MSN, RN

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office