Feeding assistant training program requirements.
Feeding assistant training program curriculum.
Feeding assistant training program completion.
Standards for instructors of feeding assistant training programs.
Feeding assistant training program approval process.
Feeding assistant employment requirements.
Feeding assistant training program requirements.
Feeding assistant training program record retention requirements.
Feeding assistant training program prohibitions.
Feeding assistant training program appeals.
Subchapter IV — Medication Aides
Medication aide training program application and approval process.
Standards for instructors of medication aide training programs.
Nursing home medication aide student qualifications.
Standards for nursing home medication aide training programs.
Nursing home medication aide training program operation.
Medication aide training program prohibitions.
Hospice medication aide training program approval process.
Standards for instructors of hospice medication aide training programs.
Hospice medication aide student qualifications.
Standards for hospice medication aide training programs.
Hospice medication aide training program operation.
Ch. DHS 129 Note
Chapter HSS 129 was renumbered to chapter HFS 129 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, June, 1999, No. 522
. Chapter HFS 129 as it existed on November 30, 2008, was repealed and a new chapter DHS 129, as renumbered from chapter HFS 129 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., was created, Register November 2008 No. 635
, effective December 1, 2008.
Authority and purpose.
This chapter is promulgated under the authority of ss. 146.40 (2m)
, and (5)
, and 227.11 (2) (a)
, Stats., to provide conditions of approval for training programs and competency evaluation programs for persons who work as nurse aides, medication aides or feeding assistants in hospitals, nursing homes or facilities for the developmentally disabled, home health agencies or hospices certified under 42 USC 1395
, and conditions for including persons in the department's registry of nurse aides.
DHS 129.01 History
History: CR 08-042
: cr. register November 2008 No. 635, eff. 12-1-08; correction made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7.
, Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635
; CR 16-088: am. Register September 2017 No. 741, eff. 10-1-17.
This chapter applies to any facility, agency or other organization that proposes to maintain a registry of nurse aides, train or administer competency evaluation testing of nurse aides, feeding assistants, or medication aides under a program approved by or under contract with the department under this chapter, and to all persons automatically included or eligible for inclusion and requesting inclusion in the department's registry of nurse aides.
DHS 129.02 History
History: CR 08-042
: cr. register November 2008 No. 635, eff. 12-1-08.
In this chapter:
“Basic nursing course" means a course or combination of courses that contain the basic nursing skills, competencies and knowledge that the department is satisfied are generally equivalent in content to the skills contained in s. DHS 129.07 (1)
“Body mechanics" means the use of the muscle and skeletal systems during activity and when positioning the body for work tasks, given that the task is within the limits of worker capability when assisting in the movement, positioning and transfer of clients.
“Client" means a person receiving care, treatment or diagnostic services from a health care provider.
“Client care ergonomics" means a multifaceted, standardized approach for client mobility tasks, which incorporates the evaluation of client characteristics to assure proper selection and use of equipment by caregivers according to algorithms for client transfer and mobility activities.
“Client related services" means care, treatment or diagnostic services provided to a client.
A practice setting where care and treatment of clients occur.
A health care-related setting, where care and treatment of clients occurs.
“Competency evaluation program" means a testing program for nurse aides that is approved under this chapter and consists of all of the following components:
“Complicated feeding problems" means difficulty in swallowing, recurrent lung aspiration, or tube or parenteral or IV feedings.
“Department" means the Wisconsin department of health services.
“Developmental tasks" means those functions normally associated with the aging process, including acceptance of and adjustment to psychosocial and physiological processes, transition throughout adulthood, retirement development, and life review.
“Direct supervision" means that an RN or LPN is immediately available on the same unit, floor or wing as the nurse aide while the nurse aide is performing client-related services.
“Employment" means working for another for compensation on a full-time, part-time, temporary, per diem, contractual or other basis.
“Facility for the developmentally disabled" means a place or a distinct part of a place where five or more unrelated persons reside and who, because of their developmental disabilities, require access to 24-hour nursing care or treatment for developmental disabilities as defined under rules promulgated by the department for facilities for the developmentally disabled. “Facility for the developmentally disabled" does not include any of the following:
A convent or facility owned or operated exclusively by and for members of a religious order that provides reception and care or treatment of an individual.
“Feeding assistant" means a person at least 16 years old who has completed a state-approved feeding assistant training program and who is paid by a nursing home, or a person who is used under an arrangement with another agency or organization to assist clients who have no feeding complications with the activities of eating and drinking. “Feeding assistant" does not mean an individual who is a licensed health professional or registered dietician; volunteers without money compensation; or a nurse aide.
“General supervision" means at least intermittent face-to-face contact between supervisor and nurse aide, but does not require the continuous presence of the supervisor in the same area during client-related services.
“Handicapping condition" means a physical or mental impairment that makes ability to care for oneself unusually difficult or limits one's capacity to work.
“Health care provider" means any of the following:
An intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
“Hospice medication aide" means a nurse aide who is able to administer medications in a hospice after passing a department-approved medication course.
“Licensed health care professional" means a physician, physician's assistant, nurse practitioner, physical, speech or occupational therapist, an occupational therapy assistant, a registered nurse, a licensed practical nurse or any other health or health service professional subject to the jurisdiction of the Wisconsin department of safety and professional services.
“Mechanical support" means any article, device or garment that is used only to achieve the proper position or balance of the client.
“Nurse aide" means a person, regardless of the person's title, who provides routine client-related services under the supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse. “Nurse aide" includes any of the following:
Any person providing nursing or nursing-related services to clients, regardless of the title under which the person is employed, except individuals in sub. (31)
Any person employed to provide nursing or nursing-related services, or employed within the last 24 months as a nurse aide by a health care provider.
“Nurse aide" does not mean a person whose duties primarily involve skills that are different from those taught in training and competency evaluation programs approved under ss. DHS 129.07
. A volunteer is not a “nurse aide".
“Nurse aide training program” means an instructional program for a nurse aide that is approved by the department as mandated by s. 146.40 (3)
. Nurse aide training programs can be one of two types:
“120-hour training program” means a Wisconsin nurse aide training program that is designed for an individual seeking to be eligible to work as a nurse aide in Wisconsin.
“45-hour training program” means a nurse aide training program that is designed for an individual who received nurse aide training of less than 120 hours in another state, that when combined with an instruction program in the other state, will result in the individual receiving substantially the same instruction as an individual who completed a 120-hour training program in Wisconsin.
“Nurse technician" means a nursing student who either is enrolled in a nursing program leading to registered nurse or practical nurse licensure, has graduated from such program and does not hold a temporary permit or who has been unsuccessful on the nursing licensure exam and is retaking the exam.