Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs)

AFL 20-35.2 From the California Department of Public Health October 15, 2020 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) (This AFL supersedes AFL 20-35.1) ​AUTHORITY:      Proclamation of a State of Emergency (PDF) and Executive Orders N-27-20 (PDF) and N-39-20 (PDF) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all facilities of a temporary waiver of specified statutory and regulatory requirements for CNAs due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak.AFL 20-35.1 has been updated to allow a CNA who remains in an “employable during state of emergency” status to complete in-service or continuing education units and count them towards certificate renewal.

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CANHR Fights California Department of Public Health Plan to Transform Nursing Home Inspectors into Advisors to Operators

On October 5, CANHR wrote the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urging it to withdraw its deceptively named nursing home oversight plan – Quality and Safety State SNF Survey Model – that would divert its inspector workforce by requiring inspectors to conduct collaborative monitoring visits at skilled nursing facilities. CANHR’s letter also urges CDPH to rescind a new duty statement for nursing home inspectors that requires inspectors to spend 30 percent of their time advising and assisting nursing home operators on regulatory matters.

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COVID-19 patients moved to nursing home, 12 resident deaths reported

By Brooks Jarosz, KTVU FOX 2, October 15 2020 GILROY, Calif. – A dozen residents have died and at least 75 have become infected at a Gilroy nursing home, following the transfer of hospital patients sick with the coronavirus. A separate, isolated section of the Gilroy Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center opened its doors in August as a COVID-19 recovery unit.

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Nursing Home Residents Describe Devastating Impact of Isolation During the Pandemic in New Report

An October 2020 report by Altarum presents the findings of a survey of residents on how their lives have been impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions. Residents reported a drastic reduction in social activities and a steep increase in feelings of loneliness. The report – Experiences of Nursing Home Residents During the Pandemic – includes direct comments from residents in their own words that speak powerfully to the urgent need to end the extreme isolation that’s been imposed on them.

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