Pandemic (Temporary) Staffing Transition Programs

Nebraska Health Care Association (NHCA) has provided recommendations for health care providers on COVID-19 temporary staffing following Governors Ricketts’ signing of Executive Order No. 20-12 on March 31, 2020.

Nebraska Health Care Association’s Pandemic (Temporary) Nurse Aide to 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.

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.


Direct Care Staff

Direct care staff such as nursing assistants, medication aides, and universal service workers are the superheroes of health care. They may work in a variety of settings including nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health, hospice, hospitals, group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities, and schools.

Through education and advocacy, NHCA, NNFA, NALA and the Nebraska Health Care Learning Center support the interests of Nebraska’s direct care workers.