Important information regarding the Nurse Aide Registry (NAR) and What You Need to Know
The NAR is the benchmark site used to verify whether an individual is a State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) as well as whether the STNA has any Findings that would preclude them from working at a facility. Additionally, the NAR tracks non-STNAs that have a finding from the Ohio Department of Health. Some examples of non-STNAs on the NAR include, but are not limited to: volunteers, food service, housekeeping & laundry, maintenance, nursing, therapy, and business office staff, as well as administrators.
This means that any guilty party who provides services to a resident within LTC or assisted living facilities can be placed on the NAR with a Finding of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation. This authority to receive, review, investigate, and place individuals with Findings on the NAR is given to the director of health by the Ohio Revised Code.
Why is this important for your facility?
Any staff member that provides services to residents, regardless of his or her position, will be placed on the NAR if they have a Finding of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation from the Ohio Department of Health. The individuals that have Findings are placed on the NAR as “Non-Nurse Aide,” and are searchable during a pre-employment background investigation in exactly the same manner as STNAs.
Is it going to be worthwhile to check the NAR for non nurse aides?
The Ohio Department of Health has been tracking individuals with findings of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation for more than 27 years. There are more than 2300 individuals with a Finding of abuse, neglect, misappropriation, or exploitation. Of those 2300, 644 are non-nurse aides. In other words, 28 percent of the abuse, neglect, misappropriation, and exploitation incidents in long-term care facilities are committed by non-nurse aides.
Facilities can search the NAR registry in addition to doing background investigations regardless of the position for which a person is being hired; this would ensure your facility does not employ a person that has a Finding of Wrongdoing on the Nurse Aide Registry.