PANDEMIC (TEMPORARY) MEDICATION AIDE TRANSITION PROCESS AND TIMELINE
On March 16, Governor Ricketts issued Executive Order 21-18, which temporarily waives certain training requirements for Medication Aides, allowing Pandemic (temporary) Medication Aides (PMAs) to be hired to work in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities through September 30, 2022.
To be a temporary medication aide, the facility will need to competency test the individual on the competencies and routes indicated on Section 5 of the Department of Health and Human Services Application for Medication Aide Registration. This application must be submitted to DHHS with a nurses’ signature under Section 5. The individual may pass medications for 30 days while waiting to be placed on the registry as a temporary medication aide. The facility will need to keep a copy of the competency test in the employee record.
PANDEMIC (TEMPORARY) MEDICATION AIDE TRANSITION PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:
Individuals must have worked as a temporary medication aide in Nebraska between March 2020 – September 30, 2022, to be eligible for this program. Medication aides who did not work as a temporary medication aide, were on the registry as a 20-Hour medication aide prior to the pandemic, and/or have a lapsed license are not eligible for this program.
PLEASE NOTE: Although the PMA waiver has been extended, in order to ensure these individuals are able to continue to work in your facility (as MA-40 Hour) after the Executive Order expires, your PMAs will need to complete all of the following steps by the identified deadlines (or your facility will need to complete on behalf of EACH individual PMA).
- PMA Registers for Transition Course with NHCA
- Each PMA must register and pay for NHCA’s (DHHS-approved)
- PMA Transition Course HERE. If you do not receive an email confirmation with links to the following documents, please check your ‘junk’ or ‘spam’ email folder.
- PMA Submits Packet to NHCA
- Click HERE to see a copy of each document that must be completed, signed, dated and submitted.
- Each PMA must electronically submit the following four (4) documents to NHCA by clicking HERE.
- PACKET MUST INCLUDE:
Temporary Medication Aide Course Certificate– MUST include pre-populated date of completion. NHCA’s 8-hour online Temporary MA course is available HERE.
Medication Aide Skills Sheet– MUST be completed and signed by facility nurse.
Medication Aide Competency Sheet– MUST be completed and signed by facility nurse.
Medication Aide Attestation – MUST be completed and signed by facility Registered Nurse or Administrator (on behalf of RN).
UPON Receipt of NHCA’s Approval that PMA’s Packet Submission is complete and accurate:
PMA Registers for State Written Test– in order for PMA to continue working in facility after expiration of MA waiver, PMA MUST successfully pass test at least four (4) weeks prior to waiver expiration date.
- The PMA should ONLY register to take the State Written Test IF NCHA has approved the PMA’s packet submission as being complete and accurate.
- The PMA can register for the State Written Test HERE.
- PMA Submits MA-40 Hour Application to DHHS – in order for PMA to continue working in facility after expiration of MA waiver, PMA MUST submit application to DHHS at least four (4) weeks prior to waiver expiration date.
- See tips for completing application HERE.
- DHHS processing of MA-40 Hour applications can take 1-4 weeks, so submission of application as soon as packet is approved by NHCA is important.
- NHCA continues to offer in-person training for MA-40 Hour.
- Contact NHCA at 402-435-3551 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to host a MA-40 Hour training or MA-40 Hour state testing in your facility.