TRANSITIONING PANDEMIC (TEMPORARY) STAFF Updated 08/26/21

  • On Aug. 26, 2021, Governor Ricketts issued Executive Order 21-12, which extends the training waiver for pandemic (temporary) nurse aides (NAs) and medication aides (MAs) until Dec. 31, 2021, to allow these pandemic health care providers to continue to be hired and help provide care in nursing facilities and assisted living communities.
  • Therefore, effective Dec. 31, the category of pandemic NAs and MAs will no longer exist, and a facility cannot hire an individual under this provider category after that date.
  • However, pandemic NAs and MAs who were hired prior to Dec. 31 can still take advantage of NHCA’s Pandemic Staff Transition Programs.
  • Successful completion of these programs will allow a pandemic NA or MA to become eligible to take the state test and, if successful, to be placed on the NA or MA-40 Hour Registry.
  • The NA transition program, state testing, and registry placement must be completed by April 30, 2022, (if the federal NA waiver does not change prior to Dec. 31) in order for the pandemic NA to continue working in a nursing or assisted living facility.
  • The MA transition program, state testing, and registry placement as a MA-40 Hour must be completed by Dec. 31, 2021, in order for the pandemic MA to continue working in a nursing or assisted living facility.

RECORDING: Connection with Dan Taylor on Changes to Temporary NA and MA | Sept. 2, 2021

On Sept. 2, 2021, NHCA hosted Dan Taylor, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Interim Program Manager for Long-Term Care, to discuss the changes in the effective dates for temporary nurse aides and temporary medication aides announced in EO 21-12 and answer questions from members. Listen to the recording below.


Nebraska Health Care Association’s Pandemic (Temporary) Nurse Aide Transition Program (PNAT) is designed to meet the federal and state requirements necessary to be eligible for state testing, and once testing is successfully completed, to be eligible for placement on the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry. The PNAT program includes eight hours of online education combined with an additional 68 hours of on-the-job training under the oversight of a registered nurse who is also responsible for assessing competency.

Webinar recording: PNAT: Next Steps

PNAT: Next Steps – PowerPoint PDF

 

Requirements to complete program

Completed eight-hour AHCA Temporary Nurse Aide course

Completed 68 hours on-the-job training supervised by a registered nurse in a facility, including one hour of abuse and neglect training

Successfully completed competency skills demonstration, attested by a registered nurse

Requirements to be placed on the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry

Submit AHCA course certificate, nurse aide skills sheet, competency checklist, and attestation form electronically to NHCA

Successfully complete the state written and clinical nurse aide tests here

Additional Resources

Online Basic Nursing Assistant Skills Review 

Basic Nursing Assistant Training Student Manual and Workbook Sixth Edition 


Nebraska Health Care Association’s Pandemic (Temporary) Medication Aide to Medication Aide – 40 Hour Transition Program (PMAT) is designed to meet the state requirements necessary to be eligible for state testing and, once testing is successfully completed, to be eligible for placement on Nebraska’s registry as a Medication Aide – 40 Hour. The PMAT program includes eight hours of online education combined with an additional 32 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a registered nurse who is also responsible for assessing competency.

 

Requirements to complete program

 

Requirements to be placed on the Nebraska Medication Aide Registry

  • Submit NHCA course certificate, medication aide skills sheet, medication aide competency sheet, and medication aide attestation form electronically to the Nebraska Health Care Association
  • Successfully complete the state written medication aide test here
  • Submit the Initial Application for Medication Aide Registration to the Department of Health and Human Services indicating the completion of a Medication Aide – 40 Hour program to be signed by the registered nurse

 

Additional Resources

Medication Aide Training Student Manual Fourth Edition