3721.30 Competency evaluation program contents.

(A)

(1) A competency evaluation program approved by the director of health under division (A) of section 3721.31 of the Revised Code or conducted by the director under division (C) of that section shall evaluate the competency of a nurse aide in the following areas:

(a) Basic nursing skills;

(b) Personal care skills;

(c) Recognition of mental health and social service needs;

(d) Care of cognitively impaired residents;

(e) Basic restorative services;

(f) Residents' rights;

(g) Any other area specified by rule of the director.

(2) Any competency evaluation program approved or conducted by the director may include a written examination, but shall permit a nurse aide, at the nurse aide's option, to establish competency in another manner approved by the director. A nurse aide shall be permitted to have the competency evaluation conducted at the long-term care facility at which the nurse aide is or will be employed, unless the facility has been determined by the director or the United States secretary of health and human services to have been out of compliance with the requirements of subsection (b), (c), or (d) of section 1819 or 1919 of the "Social Security Act," 49 Stat. 620 (1935), 42 U.S.C.A. 301 , as amended, within the previous two years.

(B) A training and competency evaluation program approved or conducted by the director under section 3721.31 of the Revised Code shall consist of training and competency evaluation specified by the director in rules adopted under division (C) of this section, including a minimum of seventy-five hours divided between skills training and classroom instruction in the following topic areas:

(1) Basic nursing skills;

(2) Personal care skills;

(3) Recognition of mental health and social service needs;

(4) Care of cognitively impaired residents;

(5) Basic restorative services;

(6) Residents' rights;

(7) Needs of various groups of long-term care facility residents and patients;

(8) Other topic areas specified by rule of the director.

(C) In accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, the director shall adopt rules establishing procedures and criteria for approval of competency evaluation programs and training and competency evaluation programs. The requirements established by rules shall be no less stringent than the requirements, guidelines, and procedures established by the United States secretary of health and human services under sections 1819 and 1919 of the "Social Security Act." The director also shall adopt rules governing all of the following:

(1) Procedures for determination of an individual's competency to perform services as a nurse aide;

(2) The curriculum of training and competency evaluation programs;

(3) The clinical supervision and physical facilities used for competency evaluation programs and training and competency evaluation programs;

(4) The number of hours of training required in training and competency evaluation programs;

(5) The qualifications for instructors, coordinators, and evaluators of competency evaluation programs and training and competency evaluation programs;

(6) Requirements that approved competency evaluation programs and training and competency evaluation programs must meet to retain approval;

(7) Standards for successful completion of a competency evaluation program or training and competency evaluation program;

(8) Procedures and criteria for review and reapproval of competency evaluation programs and training and competency evaluation programs;

(9) Fees for application for approval or reapproval of competency evaluation programs, training and competency evaluation programs, and programs to train instructors and coordinators for training and competency evaluation programs and evaluators for competency evaluation programs;

(10) Fees for participation in any competency evaluation program, training and competency evaluation program, or other program conducted by the director under section 3721.31 of the Revised Code;

(11) Procedures for reporting to the nurse aide registry established under section 3721.32 of the Revised Code whether or not individuals participating in competency evaluation programs and training and competency evaluation programs have successfully completed the programs.

(D) In accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, the director may adopt rules prescribing criteria and procedures for approval of training programs for instructors and coordinators for training and competency evaluation programs, and for evaluators for competency evaluation programs. The director may adopt other rules that he considers necessary for the administration and enforcement of sections 3721.28 to 3721.34 of the Revised Code or for compliance with requirements, guidelines, or procedures issued by the United States secretary of health and human services for implementation of section 1819 or 1919 of the "Social Security Act."

(E) No person or government entity shall impose on a nurse aide any charge for participation in any competency evaluation program or training and competency evaluation program approved or conducted by the director under section 3721.31 of the Revised Code, including any charge for textbooks, other required course materials, or a competency evaluation.

(F) No person or government entity shall require that an individual used by the person or government entity as a nurse aide or seeking employment as a nurse aide pay or repay, either before or while the individual is employed by the person or government entity or when the individual leaves the person or government entity's employ, any costs associated with the individual's participation in a competency evaluation program or training and competency evaluation program approved or conducted by the director.

Cite as R.C. § 3721.30

History. Effective Date: 06-30-1995