§16-5O-7. Oversight of medication administration and performance of health maintenance tasks by unlicensed personnel.

     (a) Any facility in which medication is administered or health maintenance tasks performed by unlicensed personnel shall establish an administrative monitoring system in administrative policy. The specific requirements of the administrative policy shall be established by the department, through legislative rules. These rules shall be developed in consultation with the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Nurses, the West Virginia Nurses Association, the West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council, and the West Virginia Board of Respiratory Care. These rules are required to include, at a minimum, instructions on protocols for contacting an appropriate healthcare professional in situations where a condition arises which may create a risk to the resident's health and safety. These rules shall also include the type and frequency of monitoring and training requirements for management of these occurrences.

     (b) Monitoring of facility staff members authorized pursuant to this article shall be performed by a registered professional nurse employed or contracted by the facility, who shall exercise judgment, evaluate and assess the patient, inject medicine, and monitor medications, self-administration of medications and self- injections by the resident in accordance with his or her scope of practice.