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Temporary Nursing Home Administrator



General Information about Temporary Licenses

The Board may grant a Temporary Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) license if a facility’s licensed nursing home administrator dies or is removed from the position by another unexpected cause.

To qualify for a Temporary NHA license, you must have three years of health care management experience acceptable to the Board and one of the following:

  • post-secondary degree in any field from an accredited college or university, or
  •  current Delaware Registered Nurse (RN) license.

If the Board approves the application, the Board office will issue a Temporary NHA license retroactive to the date it received the application. Temporary NHA licenses expire 90 days after the date they are issued. The license may be extended for an additional 90 days one time only. When a Temporary NHA license expires, the licensee is not eligible for another Temporary NHA license until 12 months after the prior Temporary NHA license expired.

 

Requirements for All Applications

Both an authorized official of the nursing home facility and the Temporary NHA applicant must complete and sign the application in the presence of a notary. The owner, governing body, or other appropriate authority of the nursing home facility—not the person applying as the designated temporary NHA—must submit the application to the Board office.

  • The owner, governing body, or other appropriate authority of the nursing home facility
    • submits the completed, signed and notarized application form to the Board office
    • encloses the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to the “State of Delaware.”
  • The designated temporary administrator arranges for the Board office to receive an official transcript showing his or her degree, sent directly from the college/university to the Board office.
  • If the designated temporary administrator has ever held a NHA license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia), he or she arranges for the Board office to receive license verification letters from each jurisdiction where he or she is now, or has ever been, a licensed NHA, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office.
  • The designated temporary administrator submits a resume or separate page thoroughly describing his or her occupational background. The document should list all post-degree positions he or she has held, starting with the current position. All time must be accounted for. If the designated temporary administrator has been involved in an academic residency or internship, or in a Board-approved AIT program, include the following information:
    • dates of employment
    • title of position
    • name and address of employer or organization
    • employer/organization telephone number and email
  • The designated temporary administrator submits a resume or separate page thoroughly describing all past administrative experience that he or she acquired in a residential facility providing protective, preventive and personal care services performed by qualified personnel. (Personal care refers to the general supervision of and direct assistance to individuals in their activities of daily living.)
    • The experience must have included:
      • Administration of services to more than one person.
      • Administrative services which have as a major component the supervision of more than one profession or discipline.
      • Administrative position in which the designated temporary administrator has or had direct responsibility for and are/were held accountable for his or her own acts.
    • Describe the duties and responsibilities for the time periods when the designated temporary administrator supervised more than one profession or discipline. Include the dates and number of hours as well as the kinds of employees. Also, list the dates and hours for which he or she served as Acting Administrator in the absence of the duly appointed administrator.
  • The designated temporary administrator completes the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks. He or she must follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted.

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