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28 Pa. Code § 205.28. Nurses’ station.

§ 205.28. Nurses’ station.

 (a)  A nurses’ station shall be located in each nursing unit, located as centrally as practical within the nursing unit. A common nurses’ station serving more than a single nursing unit may be permitted when the design of the project and method of operation indicate a satisfactory level of service. The size and facilities of the nurses’ station shall be increased appropriate to the number of beds served and additional staffing required.

 (b)  The nurses’ station may not be more than 120 feet from the most remote resident room served.

 (c)  The nurses’ station shall have facilities for:

   (1)  A nurses’ call system.

   (2)  Charting and supplies.

   (3)  Medication storage and preparation, which may be within the clean workroom, if a self-contained cabinet is provided. The medication storage cabinet shall be locked. Mechanical ventilation shall be provided in this workroom. If a medication cart is used, provisions shall be made to lock the cart or to place the cart when not in use in a safe area that can be locked. The cart may not be stored in the corridor.

   (4)  A double-locked narcotic compartment within the medication area.


   The provisions of this §  205.28 amended under section 803 of the Health Care Facilities Act (35 P.S. §  448.803); and section 2102(g) of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. §  532(g)).


   The provisions of this §  205.28 adopted August 29, 1975, effective September 1, 1975, 5 Pa.B. 2233; amended January 31, 1987, effective July 1, 1987, 17 Pa.B. 514; amended July 23, 1999, effective July 24, 1999, 29 Pa.B. 3999. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (242519) to (242520).

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