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TITLE 26HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
PART 1HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
CHAPTER 556NURSE AIDES
RULE §556.2Definitions

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

  (1) Abuse--The willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain, or mental anguish.

  (2) Act--The Social Security Act, codified at United States Code, Title 42, Chapter 7.

  (3) Active duty--Current full-time military service in the armed forces of the United States or as a member of the Texas military forces, as defined in Texas Government Code §437.001, or similar military service of another state.

  (4) Active status--The designation given to a nurse aide listed on the NAR who is eligible to work in a nursing facility.

  (5) Armed forces of the United States--The Army, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps of the United States, including reserve units of those military branches.

  (6) Classroom training--The teaching of curriculum components through in-person instruction taught in a physical classroom location, which may include skills practice, or through online instruction taught in a virtual classroom location.

  (7) Clinical training--The teaching of hands-on care of residents in a nursing facility under the required level of supervision of a licensed nurse, which may include skills practice prior to performing the skills through hands-on care of a resident. The clinical training provides the opportunity for a trainee to learn to apply the classroom training to the care of residents with the assistance and required level of supervision of the instructor.

  (8) Competency evaluation--A written or oral examination and a skills demonstration administered by a skills examiner to test the competency of a trainee.

  (9) Competency evaluation application--An HHSC form used to request HHSC approval to take a competency evaluation.

  (10) Curriculum--The publication titled Texas Curriculum for Nurse Aides in Long Term Care Facilities developed by HHSC.

  (11) Direct supervision--Observation of a trainee performing skills in a NATCEP.

  (12) Employee misconduct registry (EMR)--The registry maintained by HHSC in accordance with Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 253, to record findings of reportable conduct by certain unlicensed employees.

  (13) Facility--A nursing facility that participates in Medicaid, a skilled nursing facility that participates in Medicare, or a nursing facility that participates in both Medicaid and Medicare.

  (14) Facility-based NATCEP--A NATCEP offered by or in a facility.

  (15) General supervision--Guidance and ultimate responsibility for another person in the performance of certain acts.

  (16) HHSC--The Texas Health and Human Services Commission or its designee.

  (17) Infection control--Principles and practices that prevent or stop the spread of infections in the facility setting.

  (18) Informal Review (IR)--An opportunity for a nurse aide to dispute a finding of misconduct by providing testimony and supporting documentation to an impartial HHSC staff person.

  (19) Licensed health professional--A person licensed to practice healthcare in the state of Texas including:

    (A) a physician;

    (B) a physician assistant;

    (C) a physical, speech, or occupational therapist;

    (D) a physical or occupational therapy assistant;

    (E) a registered nurse;

    (F) a licensed vocational nurse; or

    (G) a licensed social worker.

  (20) Licensed nurse--A registered nurse or licensed vocational nurse.

  (21) Licensed vocational nurse (LVN)--An individual licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing to practice as a licensed vocational nurse.

  (22) Military service member--A person who is on active duty.

  (23) Military spouse--A person who is married to a military service member.

  (24) Military veteran--A person who has served on active duty and who was discharged or released from active duty.

  (25) Misappropriation of resident property--The deliberate misplacement, exploitation, or wrongful, temporary or permanent use of a resident's belongings or money without the resident's consent.

  (26) Neglect--The failure to provide goods and services necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish, or mental illness.

  (27) Non-facility-based NATCEP--A NATCEP not offered by or in a facility.

  (28) Nurse aide--An individual who provides nursing or nursing-related services to residents in a facility under the supervision of a licensed nurse and who has successfully completed a NATCEP or has been determined competent by waiver or reciprocity. This term does not include an individual who is a licensed health professional or a registered dietitian or who volunteers services without monetary compensation.

  (29) Nurse Aide Registry (NAR)--A listing of nurse aides, maintained by HHSC, that indicates if a nurse aide has active status, revoked status, or is unemployable based on a finding of having committed an act of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of resident property.

  (30) Nurse aide training and competency evaluation program (NATCEP)--A program approved by HHSC to train and evaluate an individual's ability to work as a nurse aide in a facility.

  (31) Nurse aide training and competency evaluation program (NATCEP) application--A HHSC form used to request HHSC initial approval to offer a NATCEP, to renew approval to offer a NATCEP, or to request HHSC approval of changed information in an approved NATCEP application.

  (32) Nursing services--Services provided by nursing personnel that include, but are not limited to:

    (A) promotion and maintenance of health;

    (B) prevention of illness and disability;

    (C) management of health care during acute and chronic phases of illness;

    (D) guidance and counseling of individuals and families; and

    (E) referral to other health care providers and community resources when appropriate.

  (33) Performance record--An evaluation of a trainee's performance of major duties and skills taught by a NATCEP.

  (34) Person--A corporation, organization, partnership, association, natural person, or any other legal entity that can function legally.

  (35) Personal protective equipment (PPE)--Specialized clothing or equipment, worn by an employee for protection against infectious materials.

  (36) Program director--An individual who is approved by HHSC and meets the requirements in §556.5(a) of this chapter (relating to Program Director, Program Instructor, Supplemental Trainers, and Skills Examiner Requirements).

  (37) Program instructor--An individual who is approved by HHSC to conduct the training in a NATCEP and who meets the requirements in §556.5(b) of this chapter.

  (38) Resident--An individual accepted for care or residing in a facility.

  (39) Registered nurse (RN)--An individual licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing to practice professional nursing.

  (40) Skills examiner--An individual who is approved by HHSC and meets the requirements in §556.5(d) of this chapter.

  (41) Trainee--An individual who is enrolled in and attending, but has not completed, a NATCEP.


Source Note: The provisions of this §556.2 adopted to be effective September 24, 2018, 43 TexReg 6326; amended to be effective August 8, 2021, 46 TexReg 4693

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