ARTICLES: CEQuality Assurance Requirements for Contract/Agency NursesStiehl, Ruth R. PhD, RNAuthor Information Corresponding author: Ruth R. Stiehl, PhD, RN, is Vice President of Nursing Operations at Professional Placement Resources, LLC, Jacksonville Beach, FL (e-mail: [email protected]). The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity. JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation: July-August-September 2004 - Volume 6 - Issue 3 - p 69-74 Buy Take the CE Test Abstract ABSTRACT According to the American Hospital Association, over half of its member hospitals used contract/agency nurses to fill vacant positions in 2000. It is imperative that companies that provide nurses be able to furnish, to employing hospitals, documentation that demonstrates each nurse's ability to practice safely and legally. The article specifies the areas where documentation is needed along with discussion of each area. The nurse executive needs to be aware of these issues to ensure that the facility in which he or she works is getting the appropriate information regarding supplemental staff in order to protect against licensure and litigation repercussions. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.