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Nursing home rules announced

By Wire services
Published September 26, 2003

WASHINGTON - Nursing homes, facing a shortage of nurses, can hire aides with less training to help residents with their meals, new rules say.

The regulations, published today in the Federal Register, say nursing homes can use feeding assistants rather than nurses or certified nurse aides to help residents who do not have complicated feeding problems.

The new assistants must take a state-approved course of at least eight hours. Certified nurse aides require 75 hours of training, according to the American Nurses Association.

President expands chances to volunteer

WASHINGTON - An executive order President Bush signed Thursday helps to give doctors, nurses, economists, engineers, computer specialists and tens of thousands of other well-schooled Americans an opportunity to volunteer to work on development projects overseas.

"Volunteers for Prosperity" taps volunteers for weeks or months, versus a two-year commitment typically required by the Peace Corps.

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