Title 23
Health and Safety

Chapter 17
Licensing of Healthcare Facilities

R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-17-12.8

§ 23-17-12.8. Posting of nursing staff levels in nursing facilities.

The department is authorized to adopt federal Medicare nurse staff posting requirements by regulation. In addition to any federal requirements for posting of nursing staff levels, the nursing facility shall post the nurse staff levels for the facility in a public place within the facility. The posting information shall be maintained on file by the nursing facility and shall be made available to the public upon request. The nursing facility shall prepare an annual report showing the average daily direct care nurse staffing level for the facility by shift and by category of nurse to include registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants and medication technicians; the use of nurse and nursing assistant staff from temporary placement agencies; and the nurse and nurse assistant turnover rates. The information on nurse staffing shall be reviewed as part of the nursing facility’s annual licensing survey and shall be available to the public, both in printed form and on the department’s website, by facility.

History of Section.
P.L. 2005, ch. 157, § 5; P.L. 2005, ch. 249, § 5.