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§16-5O-5. Instruction and training.

(a) The authorizing agency shall establish a council of nurses to represent the facilities and registered professional nurses affected by this article. The council shall prepare a procedural manual and recommendations regarding a training course to the secretary. The council shall meet every two years to review and make recommendations to the training curricula, competency evaluation procedures and rules implemented by the secretary.

(b) The department shall develop and approve training curricula and competency evaluation procedures for facility staff members who administer medication or perform health maintenance tasks. The department shall consider the recommendations of the council and shall consult with the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Nurses in developing the training curricula and competency evaluation procedures.

(c) The authorizing agency shall coordinate and collaborate with the Board of Respiratory Care to develop the training and testing component for health maintenance tasks related to respiratory care, including but not limited to inhaled medications, tracheostomy care and ventilator care. This includes modifying and updating the existing curriculum for an authorized registered professional nurse and the approved medication assistive persons.

(1) The authorizing agency shall develop and approve training curricula and competency evaluation. The authorizing agency shall establish a council of nurses to assist with the development of the training and evaluation process.

(2) The curriculum, training competency and testing components related to respiratory care shall be approved by the Respiratory Care Board per subsection (e), section fifteen, article thirty-four, chapter thirty.

(d) The program developed by the department shall require that any person who applies to act as a facility staff member authorized to administer medications or perform health maintenance tasks shall:

(1) Hold a high school diploma or general education diploma;

(2) Be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid;

(3) Participate in the initial training program developed by the department;

(4) Pass a competency evaluation developed by the department; and

(5) Participate in a retraining program every two years.

(e) Any facility may offer the training and competency evaluation program developed by the department to its facility staff members. The training and competency programs shall be provided by the facility through a registered professional nurse.

(f) A registered professional nurse who is authorized to train facility staff members to administer medications or perform health maintenance tasks in facilities shall:

(1) Possess a current active license as set forth in article seven, chapter thirty in good standing to practice as a registered nurse;

(2) Have practiced as a registered professional nurse in a position or capacity requiring knowledge of medications and the performance of health maintenance tasks for the immediate two years prior to being authorized to train facility staff members;

(3) Be familiar with the nursing care needs of residents of facilities as described in this article; and

(4) Have completed and passed the facility trainer/instructor course developed by the authorizing agency.

(g) After successfully completing the initial training and testing for the AMAP program, registered professional nurses and AMAPs shall have competencies for health maintenance tasks reassessed and documented annually by the employer of record to ensure continued competence.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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