California RCFE regulation 87411 requires that “staff providing care” receive appropriate first aid training. A common question is whether nurses who are employed by and RCFE must receive first aid training. This issue is addressed in the RCFE Evaluator Manual, which states:
“Facility employees who are licensed medical professionals do not have to complete first aid training, but they shall not provide training to the other employees unless they are also certified as Standard First Aid Instructors”.
The Evaluator Manual also goes on to clarify other staff members who are exempt from the first aid training requirement:
“Staff such as cook, gardeners, and janitors shall not required to complete first aid training unless they also serve in the capacity of direct care staff or, at various intervals, are called upon to provide direct care and supervision of the residents.”