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UPDATED AUGUST 11, 2015
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING NEW LAW CHANGE
New law (HB1435) starting November 1, 2015, requires nurse aides and trainees to provide their current address to the State Department of Health's nurse aide registry and notify the registry of any change in address within ten days. Correspondence will be sent to the address on file with the registry, and if it is returned as not deliverable it will be considered legally served.
• Certified nurse aides and nurse aide trainees shall maintain with the registry current residential addresses and shall notify the registry, in writing, of any change of name. Notification of change of name shall require certified copies of any marriage license or other court document which reflects the change of name.
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Note: While the HB2582 passed with an effective date of November 1, 2012, the law authorized staggered implementation through rulemaking. However, see below links to the revised barrier offenses for Nurse Aides and Nontechnical Services Workers, which are effective November 1, 2012. Effective dates for fingerprinting will be sometime after January 1, 2013, and will be established through rulemaking and after further notice. Please check back for updates on implementation dates and further training opportunities.
Revised Barrier Offense for Nurse Aides Effective November 1, 2012 (PDF)
The Registry was created through a federal mandate and regulations dated September 1991. The duties of the nurse aide registry include: (1) review and approve/disapprove nurse aide training program curriculum; (2) review and approve/disapprove nurse aide training programs; (3) review and approve/disapprove nurse aide testing; (4) develop and maintain the nurse aide and non-technical services worker registry (5) maintain the abuse registry; (6) certify nurse aides; (7) provide public education; and (8) develop rules, policies, procedures, applications and forms necessary to implement the program.
The Nurse Aide Registry serves unlicensed persons and employers of these persons, who provide nursing or nursing-related services to individuals receiving services in long term care facilities, home health agencies, intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded, residential care facilities, and adult day care centers.
"Nurse aide" means any person who provides, for compensation, nursing care or health-related services to residents in a nursing facility, a specialized facility, a residential care home, continuum of care facility, assisted living center or an adult day care center and who is not a licensed health professional. Such term also means any person who provides such services to individuals in their own homes as an employee or contract provider of a home health or home care agency, or as a contract provider of the Medicaid State Plan Personal Care Program [Title 63 O.S. Section 1-1950.1(A)].
Nurse aide certifications:
Listed below are the SIX types of Certified Nurse Aides:
Long Term Care Aide
The NTSW Abuse Registry is authorized under Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes at Section 1-1950.6 et seq. and identifies only those nontechnical services workers that have had an administrative finding of abuse, verbal abuse, or exploitation of a resident in a nursing facility. This registry is incorporated into the abuse registry for nurse aides.
"Nontechnical services worker" means a person employed by a nursing facility to provide, for compensation, nontechnical services in or upon the premises of a nursing facility. The term "nontechnical services worker" shall not include a nurse aide, or any person who is exempt from the criminal arrest check provisions of Section 1-1950.1 of this title; and
"Nontechnical services" means services that:
a. are performed in or on the premises of a nursing facility and that are predominantly physical or manual in nature, and
Nurse Aide Training and Certification Rules, Chapter 677 (163K)
Excerpt from Nursing Home Care Act, Sections 63-1-1950.1 and 63-1-1951. (136K)
MAIL ADDRESS/PAYMENT OF FEES
The processing time for Nurse Aide re-certification applications is now within 1 week if all documents are properly filled out and there is not a tax hold. Please be aware of the time it takes to go through the mail, our OSDH receiving, and then finance before it gets to the Nurse Aide Registry. When we receive it, it will be processed in the current daily batch we are working in. It will show up on the Nurse Aide Registry Database as soon as it is processed. Cards are mailed out every week, but your are certified when it is processed and entered into the NAR Database. Your employer can verify your certification there.
Notice: Please click on "Verify a Nurse Aide is on the Registry" to verify their eligibility status. Should you have any other questions, please contact the Registry Staff at (405) 271-4085.
Notice: Effective July 1, 2008, nurse aides working private duty will no longer be able to use this employment for certification renewal. Nurse aides may contact the Nurse Aide Registry for retest information at (405) 271-4085.
Q: Where do I make a complaint about a nurse aide.
A: For Long Term Care Complaints e-mail email@example.com Q: Where can I view facility inspection reports?
A: View the related topic links below.
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