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Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to Begin Rule Making Process - Posted 1/16/2019

January 16, 2019 1:18 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

Your presence, participation and comments are encouraged...see details and meeting dates below...

State Agency Regulatory Update
Prepared by Leslie Emerick, WEAMA Lobbyist

ARNPs Medical Acupuncture Advisory Opinion Discussion with NCQAC:

The Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) has submitted a CR 101 to begin the rulemaking process on how they expand their scope of practice for the nursing profession. These rules are mainly due to the effort that WEAMA has put into pushing back on their Medical Acupuncture decision. CR101_NCQAC_ScopeofPractice.pdf

The nursing commission received a petition on April 3, 2018 from Representative Eileen Cody in response to its Advisory Opinion on Medical Acupuncture: Scope of Practice for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (NCAO 12.00), requesting the commission to allow for additional stakeholder involvement and consider adopting enforceable rules. In response to the petition, the commission voted to open the rules to discuss concerns raised regarding nursing scope of practice and practice standards. While advisory opinions offer the commission's interpretation of rule, they are not enforceable and, therefore, do not meet the definition of a rule. Opening the rule would provide the opportunity for additional stakeholder engagement, rule clarification, and possible amendments to address the identified concerns. WEAMA has met with the NCQAC twice and has emphasized that the number of training hours is far too low for what they are proposing learning in their Advisory Opinion. We asked that the

procedures they practice be narrower and more limited in scope. More like an introductory class on acupuncture and when it would be appropriate to refer out to a licensed acupuncturist.

The Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC) will be holding a series of workshops with interested stakeholders to discuss rules relating to nursing scope of practice for licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and advanced registered nurse practitioners. The workshops will be held:

January 22, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Spokane Public Library (Downtown Branch) Meeting Room 1A
906 W Main Ave. Spokane, WA 99201

January 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Richland Public Library Conference Room 955 Northgate Dr.
Richland, WA 99352

January 24, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Federal Way Public Library Meeting Room 2 34200
1st Way S Federal Way, WA 98003

I plan to attend the meeting in Federal Way. You may attend any of these workshops in person. You may also attend from your computer, tablet or smartphone using the following link. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/712071413

You may also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 712-071-413

Your participation and comments are encouraged. Please feel free to contact Amber Zawislak at amber.zawislak@doh.wa.gov with any questions you may have.

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The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 33 years ago. The organization helped to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession. In fact, our founders were integral in helping establish the legal practice of East Asian Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors consists of not less than 5 democratically elected professionals in the field.