WSR 02-04-033

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission)

[ Filed January 25, 2002, 3:30 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Nursing licensing rules, WAC 246-840-020 Documents issued to nurses in Washington, 246-840-030 Examination and licensure, 246-840-040 Filing of application for licensing examination, 246-840-050 Licensing examination, 246-840-060 Release of results of examination and 246-840-070 Failures -- Repeat examination.

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: All of the rules outlining the licensing and examination processes were written many years ago and include language that is difficult to understand, requirements that no longer are necessary, and groupings of requirements that make finding the appropriate requirements for RNs or LPNs difficult to locate.

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 identified 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