Current Status Bill Number:
4839Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19980318Primary Sponsor: NeilsonAll Sponsors: Neilson, Cobb-Hunter, Scott, Lloyd, J. Smith and InabinettDrafted Document Number: KGH\15280AC.98Residing Body: HouseCurrent Committee: Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee 27 H3MSubject: Nursing home, minimum resident-staff ratios for staff providing nursing care; Residential Care Facilities
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 19980318 Introduced, read first time, 27 H3M referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 44-7-262 SO AS TO ESTABLISH MINIMUM RESIDENT-STAFF RATIOS FOR STAFF PROVIDING NURSING CARE IN NURSING HOMES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 44-7-262. (A) As a condition of licensure, in addition to the number of licensed nursing personnel required by R61-17, a nursing home must provide at a minimum these resident-staff ratios for staff who provide nursing care:
(1) 9 to 1 for shift 1;
(2) 13 to 1 for shift 2;
(3) 22 to 1 for shift 3.
In those facilities utilizing two twelve-hour shifts, the staffing ratios for shift 1 apply to the twelve-hour shift occurring primarily during the day, and the staffing ratios for shift 3 apply to the twelve-hour shift occurring primarily during the night.
(B) For purposes of this section:
(1) 'Shift 1' means a work shift that occurs primarily during the daytime hours including, but not limited to, a 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. shift;
(2) 'Shift 2' means a work shift that generally includes both daytime and evening hours including, but not limited to, a 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. shift;
(3) 'Shift 3' means a work shift that occurs primarily during the nighttime hours including, but not limited to, an 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. shift."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect July 1, 1998.