CHAPTER 378a*

NURSE’S AIDES

*See Sec. 19a-88b re renewal of certain professional and occupational licenses, certificates, permits or registrations which become void while the holder is on active duty in the armed forces of the United States.

Table of Contents

Sec. 20-102aa. Nurse’s aides: Definitions; registration.

Sec. 20-102bb. Nurse’s aides: Registry.

Sec. 20-102cc. Nurse’s aides: Commissioner to enter finding of improper conduct on the registry; petition for removal of finding.

Sec. 20-102dd. Nurse’s aides: Grounds for denial of registration.

Sec. 20-102ee. Nurse’s aides: Regulations; training requirements.

Sec. 20-102ff. Nurse’s aides: Not permitted to perform licensed activity.


Sec. 20-102aa. Nurse’s aides: Definitions; registration. As used in subsection (c) of section 19a-14 and sections 20-102aa to 20-102ff, inclusive: (1) “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Public Health; (2) “nurse’s aide” means an individual providing nursing or nursing-related services to residents in a chronic and convalescent nursing home or rest home with nursing supervision, but does not include an individual who is a health professional otherwise licensed or certified by the Department of Public Health, or who volunteers to provide such services without monetary compensation; (3) “registration” means a document issued by the Department of Public Health to a nurse’s aide which certifies that such aide has satisfied the training and competency evaluation requirements prescribed by the commissioner and has been found qualified for employment in a chronic and convalescent nursing home or rest home with nursing supervision; and (4) “registered nurse’s aide” means an individual who has been issued a registration as defined in this section.

(P.A. 93-121, S. 2, 8; 93-381, S. 9, 39; 93-435, S. 59, 95; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58.)

History: P.A. 93-121 effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 93-381 and P.A. 93-435 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of public health and addiction services for commissioner and department of health services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995.

Sec. 20-102bb. Nurse’s aides: Registry. The Department of Public Health shall establish and maintain a registry of nurse’s aides. The registry shall contain names and addresses of registered nurse’s aides and such other information as the commissioner may require. The registry shall also provide for the inclusion of specific documented findings rendered by the commissioner pursuant to section 20-102cc, as well as any brief statement disputing such findings by the subject thereof.

(P.A. 93-121, S. 3, 8; 93-381, S. 9, 39; 93-435, S. 59, 95; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58.)

History: P.A. 93-121 effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 93-381 and P.A. 93-435 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of public health and addiction services for commissioner and department of health services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995.

Sec. 20-102cc. Nurse’s aides: Commissioner to enter finding of improper conduct on the registry; petition for removal of finding. (a) The Department of Public Health shall receive, investigate and prosecute complaints against individuals who are providing or have provided services as a nurse’s aide in a chronic and convalescent nursing home or rest home with nursing supervision. The grounds for complaint shall include resident abuse, resident neglect, misappropriation of resident property, and fraud or deceit in obtaining or attempting to obtain a registration as a nurse’s aide. A nurse’s aide shall be given written notice by certified mail by the commissioner of any complaint against him or her. A nurse’s aide who wishes to appeal a complaint against him or her shall, not later than thirty days after the date of the mailing, file with the department a request in writing for a hearing to contest the complaint. The commissioner shall render a finding on such complaint, and, if a hearing is requested, it shall be conducted pursuant to chapter 54. The commissioner shall have the authority to render a finding and enter such finding on the registry against an individual who is providing or has provided services as a nurse’s aide in a chronic and convalescent nursing home or rest home with nursing supervision, without regard to whether such individual is on the registry or has obtained registration as a nurse’s aide from the department.

(b) In the case of a finding of resident neglect made after January 1, 1995, pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, a nurse’s aide may petition the commissioner to have the finding removed from the registry upon a determination by the commissioner that: (1) The employment and personal history of the nurse’s aide does not reflect a pattern of abusive behavior or neglect; and (2) the neglect involved in the original finding was a singular occurrence. In no case shall a determination on a petition submitted under this subsection be made prior to the expiration of a one-year period beginning on the date on which the finding was added to the registry pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

(P.A. 93-121, S. 4, 8; 93-381, S. 9, 39; 93-435, S. 59, 95; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; 95-271, S. 28, 40; P.A. 98-250, S. 1, 39; P.A. 03-252, S. 11.)

History: P.A. 93-121 effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 93-381 and P.A. 93-435 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of public health and addiction services for commissioner and department of health services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-271 required notice by certified mail and allowed a request for a hearing to contest the complaint, effective July 6, 1995; P.A. 98-250 added Subsec. (b) re petition to have a finding removed from the registry, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 03-252 amended Subsec. (a) to change deadline for appeal of a complaint from within 30 days of the date of the notice to not later than 30 days after the date of mailing and to make conforming and technical changes.

Subsec. (a):

“Resident abuse” requires that resident suffer harm or adverse impact as a result of alleged abuse, and, in making that determination, an objective, rather than subjective, standard should be applied; “resident abuse” requires an element of wilfulness and is satisfied when one voluntarily engages in the act resulting in the abuse; specific intent to harm is not required. 259 C. 288.

Sec. 20-102dd. Nurse’s aides: Grounds for denial of registration. The Commissioner of Public Health may deny registration as a nurse’s aide to an individual who has been the subject of a finding rendered pursuant to section 20-102cc. The registry shall contain information concerning any individual who has been denied said registration, as well as any brief statement disputing such denial by the subject thereof.

(P.A. 93-121, S. 5, 8; 93-381, S. 9, 39; 93-435, S. 59, 95; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58.)

History: P.A. 93-121 effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 93-381 and P.A. 93-435 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of public health and addiction services for commissioner and department of health services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995.

Sec. 20-102ee. Nurse’s aides: Regulations; training requirements. (a) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, concerning the regulation of nurse’s aides. Such regulations shall require a training program for nurse’s aides of not less than one hundred hours. Not less than seventy-five of such hours shall include, but not be limited to, basic nursing skills, personal care skills, care of cognitively impaired residents, recognition of mental health and social service needs, basic restorative services and residents’ rights. Not less than twenty-five of such hours shall include, but not be limited to, specialized training in understanding and responding to challenging behaviors related to physical, psychiatric, psychosocial and cognitive disorders.

(b) Notwithstanding any change in training requirements the commissioner may establish, a person enrolled in a program prior to October 1, 2000, may complete such program in accordance with the requirements as they existed at the time of enrollment.

(P.A. 93-121, S. 6, 8; 93-381, S. 9, 39; 93-435, S. 59, 95; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 00-59.)

History: P.A. 93-121 effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 93-381 and P.A. 93-435 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of public health and addiction services for commissioner and department of health services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 00-59 designated existing language as Subsec. (a), adding provisions therein re training requirements, and added Subsec. (b) re completion of training program in accordance with existing requirements.

Sec. 20-102ff. Nurse’s aides: Not permitted to perform licensed activity. Nothing in subsection (c) of section 19a-14 or sections 20-102aa to 20-102ff, inclusive, shall authorize any person to engage in any activity for which a license is required pursuant to chapter 378.

(P.A. 93-121, S. 7, 8.)

History: P.A. 93-121 effective June 14, 1993.