You can start a career as a certified nursing assistant in Nebraska by receiving state-approved training and passing the necessary certification exam. Nursing assistants provide basic nursing care (non-medical) to patients in healthcare and home health settings.
Minimum Training Requirements
You will not be able to sit for the nursing assistant certification exam until you complete a nursing assistant training program. The program must be a state-approved program and as such include at least 75 hours of training. You will have some classroom training as well as clinical training under the supervision of a registered nurse. After completing the course in its entirety (and successfully), you can sit for the nursing assistant certification exam.
Transferring CNA Certification to Nebraska
You might be exempt from taking CNA training or the exam if you are a certified nursing assistant from another state. If you are moving to Nebraska, you can apply for certification through endorsement. Contact the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for an interstate endorsement form or visit their website at: http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/crl_nursing_na_na.aspx. Complete the form as instructed providing all necessary proof and verification.
If you are certified as a nursing assistant in another state but have not worked for two years or more, you will need to sit for the CNA certification exam in Nebraska before receiving certification. If you were not required to complete an in-service on Abuse and Neglect in your prior state, you will need to complete a one hour training course before receiving certification.
There are some other individuals who are eligible to challenge the nursing assistant certification exam in Nebraska without first completing a training program. Some examples include individuals who trained as nurses in another state or country, nurses who have an expired license and individuals who served as nursing assistants in the military.
Steps For Transfer
- Check with the state registry for CNAs where you hold a certification to make certain it is still active and in good standing.
- Obtain the application by interstate endorsement at: http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Documents/na%20endorse.pdf
- Complete the application in its entirety and provide copies of all nurse aide certificates or licensure cards you have.
- Provide your personal information (such as name, social security number and address), your certification details and your CNA employment history.
- Complete the required one hour of training in the steps and procedures to follow if you suspect that a patient is being neglected or abused. You will need to attend this training in Nebraska. A prospective employer can often provide the training or you can complete it on-line. The on-line course is given through Providence Health Career Institute at: www.providencehealthcareer.com (click on the On-line Abuse Section). Another provider of the course is through Southeast Community College. You must send an e-mail to: email@example.com in order to complete the course on-line.
- Please know that you will need to sit for the nursing assistant certification exam in Nebraska if you have not worked as a CNA in the last two years. This does not apply if you sat for the certification exam in your former state less than two years ago.
Submit your application and all other required paperwork to:
Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry
ATTN: Wanda Vodehnal
PO Box 94986
Lincoln NE 68509-4986
CNA Certification Renewal
Every two years, you will need to renew your nursing assistant certification. This can be done by completing the renewal form that you have been sent and submitting before the date of expiration for your certification. Please keep in mind that your certification will lapse if you go two years or more without working as a nursing assistant or in a related job position. In a case such as this, you will need to sit for the certification exam again. Contact the Nursing Aide Registry if your license has expired or visit their website at: http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/crl_nursing_na_na.aspx#Maintaining.