Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 72V the following section:-
Section 72W. As used in this section the following words shall have the following meanings:-
"Long term care facility", a convalescent home, nursing home, rest home or charitable home for the aged licensed under the provisions of section seventy-one.
"Nurses' aide", any employee of a long term care facility who provides nursing care under the supervision of a nurse for the purpose of providing safety, comfort, personal hygiene or protection of a patient in a long term care facility.
The commissioner after consultation with the secretary of elder affairs and the board of registration shall establish standards for the training of nurses' aides which shall include a minimum of sixty hours of training.
Any person administering a long term care facility who hires a nurses' aide shall provide such training for said nurses' aide within ninety days of the commencement of employment.
Any long term care facility which complies with the provisions of this section shall have the costs of such compliance recognized in its interim rate of payment.
The department shall make such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of section one of this act, any nurses' aide whose employment has commenced prior to the time that such training standards have been established shall complete said training program within one hundred and eighty days after the establishment of such standards.