WSR 18-08-018
(Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission)
[Filed March 23, 2018, 1:02 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-840-533 Preceptors, interdisciplinary mentors, and proctors in clinical or practice settings for nursing education programs located in Washington state, and other related sections in chapter 246-840 WAC. The Washington state nursing care quality assurance commission (commission) is considering amending the rule to address concerns regarding preceptor qualifications, in response to a stakeholder petition received on January 11, 2018.
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: The commission received a petition on January 11, 2018, from ARNPs United of Washington State to defer decision making on draft Advisory Opinion Preceptor Experience in Nursing Education Programs (ED.01.01) and to repeal WAC 246-840-533. In response to the petition, the commission voted to open the rule to discuss concerns raised regarding preceptor qualifications. While advisory opinions offer the commission's interpretation of rule, they are not enforceable, and therefore are not subject to rule making. Opening the rule will provide the opportunity for stakeholder engagement, rule clarification, or possible amendments to address the identified concerns. The commission seeks to work collaboratively with nursing education and health care provider stakeholders to enhance student learning opportunities.
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 rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Amber Zawislak, P.O. Box 47864, Olympia, WA 98504, phone 360-236-4785, fax 360-236-4738, TTY 360-833-6388 or 711, email, web site
Additional comments: Interested stakeholders may sign up to receive nursing care quality assurance commission rule-making notices at
March 22, 2018
Paula R. Meyer, MSN, RN, FRE
Executive Director
Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission