DHW Rules revises Restraint & Seclusion Rules
This change to the Department of Health and Welfare Hospital Licensing Rules will allow Nurse Practitioners to order restraints and seclusion. Previously only a physician was authorized to order restraints. These changes align with CMS requirements and were done to protect the safety of patients and staff.
ANA-Idaho and NLI worked alongside Disability Rights Idaho and the Department to draft the new rules over the past year. The rules passed both the House and Senate Committees and will become effective at the end of the legislative session.
Randall Hudspeth, PhD, MBA, MS, APRN-CNP/CNS, FRE, FAANP, NEA-BC
Executive Director, Idaho Center for Nursing
Idaho Alliance Leaders in Nursing/Nurse Leaders of Idaho/ANA-Idaho