(1) This rule applies to UD petitions for a health care facility that include professional nursing staff in the proposed unit, as defined in 39-32-106, MCA.
(2) If a hearing officer issues an order pursuant to ARM 24.26.1008, and the approved unit includes both professional nursing employees, as defined in 39-32-102, MCA, and nonprofessional employees, the board agent shall conduct a special election among professional employees to determine whether they wish to be included in the proposed unit.
(a) The board agent shall conduct the election by secret ballot in a prompt and efficient manner. Notice of the special election shall be posted by the employer no less than five days prior to the special election.
(b) If a majority of the professional employees in the proposed unit do not desire to be included in the proposed unit, the professional employees shall be excluded from the unit. If a majority of the professional employees in the proposed unit desire to be included in the unit, the professional employees shall be included in the unit.
(c) The board agent shall issue a written certification of the results of the special election and serve it on the parties.
(3) Within seven days of service of the board agent's certification of the special election, the board agent shall direct the election and schedule the pre-election conference pursuant to ARM 24.26.1070. Either party shall raise any challenges for individual inclusions and exclusions to the unit at the pre-election conference.