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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 90. Board of Nursing
Chapter 26. Regulations for Nurse Aide Education Programs

18VAC90-26-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Approval" means the process by which the board evaluates and grants official recognition to a nurse aide education program.

"Board" means the Virginia Board of Nursing.

"Client" means a person receiving the services of a certified nurse aide, to include a patient in a health care facility or at home or a resident of a long-term care facility.

"Clinical setting" means a location in which clinical practice occurs in a setting comparable to those in which the practice of a nurse aide may occur.

"Committee" means the Education Special Conference Committee, comprised of not less than two members of the board in accordance with § 2.2-4019 of the Code of Virginia.

"Conditional approval" means the time-limited status that results when a board-approved nurse aide education program has failed to maintain requirements as set forth in this chapter.

"Direct client care" means nurse aide care provided to patients or clients in a clinical setting supervised by a qualified instructor.

"Nurse aide education program" means a program designed to prepare nurse aides for certification.

"Nursing facility" means a licensed nursing home or an entity that is certified for Medicare or Medicaid long-term care reimbursement and licensed or certified by the Virginia Department of Health.

"NNAAP" means National Nurse Aide Assessment Program.

"Primary instructor" means a registered nurse who is responsible for teaching and evaluating the students enrolled in a nurse aide education program.

"Program coordinator" means a registered nurse who is administratively responsible and accountable for a nurse aide education program.

"Program provider" means an entity that conducts a board-approved nurse aide education program.

"Site visit" means a focused onsite review of the nurse aide education program by board staff for the purpose of evaluating program components, such as the physical location (skills lab, classrooms, learning resources) for obtaining program approval, change of location, or verification of noncompliance with this chapter or in response to a complaint.

"Survey visit" means a comprehensive onsite review of the nurse aide education program by board staff for the purpose of granting continued program approval. The survey visit includes the program's completion of a self-evaluation report prior to the visit as well as a board staff review of all program resources, including skills lab, classrooms, learning resources, and clinical facilities, and other components to ensure compliance with this chapter. Meetings with administration, instructional personnel, and students will occur on an as-needed basis.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-2400 and 54.1-3005 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 30, Issue 10, eff. February 27, 2014; amended, Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 17, eff. May 12, 2021; Volume 39, Issue 12, eff. March 16, 2023.

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