N.J. Admin. Code § 10:60-3.5 - Duties of the registered professional nurse

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) The duties of the registered professional nurse in the PCA program are as follows:
1. The registered professional nurse, in accordance with the physician's certification of need for care, shall perform an assessment and prepare a plan of care for the personal care assistant to implement. The assessment and plan of care shall be completed at the start of service. However, in no case shall the nursing assessment and plan of care be done more than 48 hours after the start of service. The plan of care shall include the tasks assigned to meet the specific needs of the beneficiary, hours of service needed, and shall take into consideration the beneficiary's strengths, the needs of the family and other interested persons. The plan of care shall be dated and signed by the personal care assistant and the registered nurse and shall include short-term and long-term nursing goals. The personal care assistant shall review the plan, in conjunction with the registered professional nurse.
2. Direct supervision of the personal care assistant shall be provided by a registered nurse at a minimum of one visit every 60 days, initiated within 48 hours of the start of service, at the beneficiary's place of residence during the personal care assistant's assigned time. The purpose of the supervision is to evaluate the personal care assistant's performance, to determine that the plan of care has been properly implemented, and to document that hands-on personal care is being provided. At this time, appropriate revisions to the plan of care shall be made as needed. Additional supervisory visits shall be made as the situation warrants, such as a new PCA, nurse delegation, or in response to the physical or other needs of the beneficiary. In situations in which multiple personal care assistants are assigned to a case, the in-home supervisory visits shall be rotated until all staff have been assessed during each covered shift. All shift visits must be performed to allow face-to-face supervision of the aide being assessed.
3. A personal care assistant nursing reassessment visit shall be provided at least once every beneficiary is enrolled in a Medicaid/ NJ FamilyCare managed care plan, completing the State-approved PCA Assessment tool and subsequent authorization of hours shall be the responsibility of the managed care plan.


N.J. Admin. Code § 10:60-3.5
Amended by 50 N.J.R. 1992(b), effective 9/17/2018

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