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- What does the Temporary Nurse Aide do?
The Temporary Nurse Aide helps provide resident care such as: assisting with bathing, dressing, feeding, restorative care, and more. The exact job responsibilities will be determined by the facility that hires you.
- Where can I work after taking this course?
Nursing homes or “skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers” and assisted living communities. Check the Overview tab, to confirm the list of states that have approved this training course.
To find a place near you that is hiring, search for nursing homes in your area. See if their website offers directions on how to contact them, and let them know you’ve taken and passed the AHCA/NCAL Temporary Nurse Aide training course. Each facility/company will have its own application process.
- Do I need any previous experience?
No prior health care experience is necessary.
- Are these temporary positions available in my state?
Check the Overview tab for a current list of states where this training program is accepted for use. To find a place near you that is hiring, search for nursing homes in your area. See if their website offers directions on how to contact them and let them know you’ve taken and passed the AHCA/NCAL Temporary Nurse Aide training course. Each facility/company will have its own application process.
- Do I have to pay to take the course?
No. The course is free.
- If I take the test and do not score 80% or higher, can I take it again?
Yes, you may take the test up to three times. If you do not pass the test after the third attempt, you will be asked to take the course again at no charge.
- How do I get the certificate and share that with a facility?
Once you have completed the course and passed the exam, you can download and print the certificate of completion before exiting the program. You can also return to the online course at any time, log in, and access the certificate again if you need another copy. You can also email email@example.com and ask that an email copy be sent to you.
- What additional on-the-job training will I receive?
Each facility/company will have its own on-the-job training process. You will be helped and supervised by trained professionals while you learn your duties. You will need to demonstrate you are able to complete specific tasks with proper knowledge, skill, and behavior. Here is an example of a checklist that may be used by the hiring facility for on-site training.
- If I want to keep working in long-term care, what might I do after this temporary job?
Currently, there is no known date when your TNA certificate will expire. As of April 15, the federal government again extended the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency through July 20, 2021. The best way to make sure that you are able to continue working when the public health emergency eventually does expire is to continue your training and become a certified nurse aide (CNA). The federal government and individual states are working hard to make that easier for you to do.
To find out what is happening in your state, check with your state nurse aide registry. This Directory of Nurse Aide Registries provides contact information by state.
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What does a Temporary Nurse Aide Do?
The Temporary Nurse Aide will help to provide aspects of resident care that include:
- Activities of Daily Living
- Oral Care
- Grooming - Shaving and Nail Care
- Dressing and Undressing
- Infection Control and Prevention
- Positioning, Moving, and Restorative Care
- Nutrition and Elimination
- Comfort Care and End of Life Care
AHCA/NCAL has created these courses to assist providers to recruit and train temporary staff during the national emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic. While the federal government has issued a blanket waiver for such temporary nurse aides, state requirements may need to be waived to permit individuals under this training program in your location. Employers should check with their state survey agencies and their state occupational licensing agencies, where applicable, to ensure individuals trained under this program are permitted to assist with care in your location.
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