Nursing homes; standards of care and staff requirements, regulations. (SB1149)

Introduced By

Sen. Jen Kiggans (R-Virginia Beach)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Nursing home standards of care and staff requirements; regulations. Requires the State Board of Health to establish staffing and care standards in nursing homes to require a minimum of direct care services to each resident per 24-hour period as follows: (i) a minimum of one registered nurse or licensed practical nurse per 15 patients and one certified nursing assistant per eight patients during the daytime; (ii) a minimum of one registered nurse or licensed practical nurse per 20 patients and one certified nursing assistant per 12 patients during the evening; and (iii) a minimum of one registered nurse or licensed practical nurse per 30 patients and one certified nursing assistant per 15 patients during the nighttime. Such requirements may not apply during a health crisis, emergency, or during an outbreak of a communicable disease of public health threat. The bill requires nursing homes to complete a criminal background check on each employee prior to the start of employment and every five years thereafter that the employee remains employed. The bill also requires nursing homes to provide quarterly staff training on first aid, medication administration, and compliance with nursing home policies and procedures. Read the Bill »

Status

01/22/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Education and Health Committee

History

DateAction
01/06/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101862D
01/06/2021Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/20/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1149)
01/22/2021Assigned Education sub: Health

Comments

DEGraze writes:

This is an important legislative effort to make long-term-care faciities do a better job of taking care of their residents. This would also improve working conditions for staff. Many Virginians might be shocked to know that the proposals in this bill are above current standards. This should easily pass!

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