WSR 02-04-031

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission)

[ Filed January 25, 2002, 3:29 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-840-080 Licensure of graduates of foreign schools of nursing and 246-840-090 Licensure by interstate endorsement.

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

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: With the current nursing shortage it has been noted that there are some requirements listed in these two rules that make application more difficult than is necessary. The requirements should be revised to include only the requirements that are absolutely necessary for minimal licensure background information to assure the public of nursing skills that meet the entry-level requirements.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: A public rule-writing workshop will be held with interested members of the public. An invitation will be mailed to all persons who have asked to be on the interested persons mailing list. In addition, other individuals will be added to the e-mail list serve mailing and all will receive an invitation to participate in rule writing.

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, Health Administrator, P.O. Box 47864, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 236-4712, fax (360) 236-4738, e-mail terry.west@doh.wa.gov.

January 2, 2002

Paula Q. Meyer, RN, MSN

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office