Temporary Nurse Aide

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This course is free and was designed to meet the critical staff shortages occurring as a result of COVID-19. 

This 8-hour online training, in combination with the on-site training you will get at the facility where you are hired, will prepare you to work as a Temporary Nurse Aide, a temporary position intended to address the current state of emergency. 

Currently, the 8-hour training program is permitted under special waivers, exceptions, or flexibilities for temporary nurse aide roles in these states:

Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, South Dakota, Texas and West Virginia  

 Additional training or other actions may be required in these states (please contact your state health care association or appropriate state agency for additional information about your state’s requirements):

Alabama,Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia 
If you plan to work in the state of Oklahoma you will need to take the free 16-hour course located here.

If your state is not listed above, check back often as more states are being added to the list weekly. You may also contact your state health care association for additional information about your state’s requirements. Find your state health care association here.

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
    • Bathing
    • 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


DISCLAIMER: 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.

  1. If you are new to this site, you will need to CREATE AN ACCOUNT. You do not need to fill out a company name if you don’t have one.
  2. After you create your account, go back to www.tempnurseaide.com and click REGISTER. This course is free.
  3. To begin the course, click the Course contents tab. Then click on the first item and complete it. You can move through the course at your own pace, stopping and returning to where you left off anytime.
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  5. If you need assistance, please e-mail your questions to educate@ahca.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
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If you are having trouble logging in or registering for the course, click on How to Get Started.

Have a question? Check this list for some answers. If you still need assistance, please e-mail educate@ahca.org, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
1. 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.

2. 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. 

3. Do I need any previous experience?

No prior health care experience is necessary.

4. 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. 

5. Do I have to pay to take the course?

No. The course is free.

6. 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.

7. 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 educate@ahca.org and ask that an email copy be sent to you. 

8. 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. 

9. If I want to keep working in long term care, what might I do after this temporary job?

Consider becoming a certified nurse assistant (CNA). You’d be expanding on what you learned as a Temporary Nurse Aide, serving as a vital part of the care team, and developing rewarding relationships with staff and residents. The Temporary Nurse Aide course is adapted from CNAonline.com, so if you decide to get more training and become a CNA, you will already be familiar with some of the material. To learn more, please visit CNAonline.com.

 

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Part 1: Psychosocial Well-being
Honoring Resident’s Life
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Resident Rights (high-level overview)
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Part 2: Preventing Infection while Providing Personal Care
Chain of Infection
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Standard Precautions
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Handwashing
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Handwashing Video
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Using Barriers (PPE)
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Isolation Precautions/Transmission Based Precautions
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Psychosocial Needs of Resident on Isolation Precautions
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Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization
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Personal Care Routines
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Skills Video
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Bathing
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Whirlpool
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Shampooing
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Oral Hygiene
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Denture Care Video
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Grooming
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Shaving a Male Resident Video
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Care of Fingernails Video
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Assisting with Dressing and Undressing
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Part 3: Personal Safety and Emergency Care
Bloodborne Pathogens
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Body Mechanics
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Choking
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Injury Prevention
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Part 4: Documentation and Core Nursing Skills
Resident Care Plan (high-level)
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Your Role in Documentation (high- level)
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Bedmaking
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Making an Occupied Bed Video
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Select the "View On-Demand Recording" button to begin.
Respecting Residents’ Privacy
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Transferring a Resident
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Discharge a Resident
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Part 5: Positioning, Moving, and Restorative Care
Positioning
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Moving Up In Bed When Your Resident is Unable Video
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Moving a Resident
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Stand, Pivot, Transfer Video
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Assisting with Walking Video
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Stopping a Fall
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Cueing, Promoting, and Encouraging
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Part 6: Nutrition and Elimination
Assisting with Meals
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Assisting with Meals Video
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Select the "View On-Demand Recording" button to begin.
Feeding Your Residents Video
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Select the "View On-Demand Recording" button to begin.
Assisting with Elimination
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Collecting a Specimen
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Helping with Ostomy
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Part 7: Advanced and Specialty Care Environments
Oxygen Therapy
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Motivate the Resident & Stop When Resident Resists Care
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Specific Behavioral Symptoms
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Specific Techniques for Activities of Daily Living
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Open to download resource. PDF: o Toileting o Hydration o Eating o Dressing o Bathing o Grooming
Part 8: Comfort Care and End of Life
Pain Management
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Promoting Comfort and Sleep & Stages of Grief
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End of Life Care
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Hospice
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Your Role Through the Dying Process
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Signs of Approaching Death
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Part 9: Ethics and the Law in LTC
Physical Care of the Body After Death
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What is a Survey
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Types of Surveys
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Your Role in Surveys
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Final Assessment
Final Assessment
50 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  40/50 points to pass
50 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  40/50 points to pass
Identify the State Where You Live
1 Question
1 Question To assist with connecting you to a hiring facility, please indicate your State.
Certificate of Completion & Next Steps
Certificate of Completion
No credits available  |  Certificate available
No credits available  |  Certificate available
Next Steps
Congratulations on completing the course. This section will describe how you can begin to work as a Temporary Nursing Aide.

Once you have completed this training, you must take and pass the exam. You will then receive a certificate of completion that you can print and show to your hiring facility. 

For information and suggestions on how to find a skilled nursing facility or assisted living community that is hiring a Temporary Nurse Aide, search for facilities 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.

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