TRANSITIONING PANDEMIC (TEMPORARY) STAFF

UPDATED 12/02/2022


As the temporary waiver of certain nurse aide training requirements expired in June and the additional four-month allowable working period for temporary nurse aides expired Oct. 7, 2022, NHCA’s transition program for temporary nurse aides is now closed. Temporary nurse aides will no longer be able to register for the transition program or submit documentation.

If a temporary nurse aide successfully completed the transition program and submitted DHHS approved documentation by the October 6 deadline, and the documentation was verified as correct and complete by NHCA, they are still eligible to take the state written and clinical test and are allowed three attempts to pass both exams to be placed on the DHHS registry.

If a temporary nurse aide did not successfully complete the transition program and submit the required documentation to NHCA for approval by the October 6 deadline, they will need to complete a traditional 76-hour class, either in person or the hybrid option.

REMINDER:

With the expiration of the waivers of certain nurse aide training requirements, it means the prior rules are back in effect.

These current federal regulations [42 CFR 483.35(d)] and state statutes [Neb. Rev. Stat. § 71-6039(1)] allow nurse aides to work in a nursing facility for up to four months (or 120 days) from their date of initial employment while they are in the process of completing an approved 76-hour nurse aide training, successfully passing the state written and clinical tests, and being placed on the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry.

However, the nurse aides must still meet the following requirements during that four-month (120-day) period:

  • Be at least sixteen years of age and not have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude [Neb. Rev. Stat. 71-6039(1)(a)];
  • Be able to speak and understand the English language or a language understood by a substantial portion of the facility residents [Neb. Rev. Stat. § 71-6039(1)(b)];
  • Successfully complete a basic course of training approved by the department for nurse aides [Neb. Rev. Stat. § 71-6039(1)(c)]; and
  • Be competent to provide nursing and nursing related services [42 CFR 483.35(d)(i)].

RESOURCES

If you are interested in hosting a nurse aide training and/or testing event, email Conniek@nehca.org.

If you have questions on whether you have completed the program, email registrar@nehca.org.

As the temporary waiver of certain medication aide training requirements expires December 31, 2022, NHCA’s transition program for temporary medication aides is now closed for registration and submission to allow for state testing and registry placement prior to the end of the year.

If a temporary medication aide successfully completed the transition program, with approval from NHCLC, prior to December 1, they are eligible to take the state written exam and are allowed three attempts to pass it. Temporary medication aides cannot work in that role after December 31 until the DHHS registry indicates MA-40 hour status. Check your status here.

If a temporary medication aide did not successfully complete the transition program and approval from NHCLC prior to December 1, they will need to complete a traditional 40-hour class and can only work in that temporary role until December 31.

Important:

Upon successfully completing the transition program and passing the state exam, temporary medication aides MUST mail in an updated application to the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure registry placement is updated to reflect MA-40 hour status. See guidance on this here.

 

Reminder:

With the expiration of the waivers of certain training requirements, it means the prior rules are back in effect January 1, 2023. Click here for guidance.

Resources:

If you are interested in hosting a medication aide training or state testing event, email conniek@nehca.org.

If you have questions on whether you have completed the transition program and are eligible to register for the state exam, email registrar@nehca.org.

Coming Soon:

NHCLC will be offering a Hybrid medication aide class in 2023. Stay tuned here for more details on that!