Special Update
CNA/GNA Temporary Training Approved
Approval of Temporary Nurse Aide Training
Together we worked for the approval of temporary nurse aid training and the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Office of Health Care Quality concurred that under the CMS waiver for Training and Certification of Nurse Aides, and Governor Hogan’s Executive Order that healthcare providers may employ individuals who are not certified geriatric nursing assistants, and that the Board of Nursing will not consider such persons to be practicing in violation of the Nurse Practice Act. In addition, OHCQ will for the time of the CMS waiver and Governor Hogan’s Executive Order, waive nursing home licensing regulations for corresponding nurse aide training requirements under COMAR
Healthcare providers wishing to hire temporary Nurse Aides, must provider proper training and ensure they are competent to perform the duties assigned. 
Providers needing to hire temporary nurse aides to assist with critical staffing shortages may use the American Health Care Association online training program . Providers are not required to use this or any other training program by the BON or OHCQ, but must comply with the CMS waiver.
AHCA/NCAL has a training program ready to use.  This 8-hour online  Temporary Nurse Aide training course   is free to all participants.
AHCA/NCAL has also developed a  skills competency checklist   for facilities to use on-site when they hire individuals to work as Temporary Nurse Aides. Facilities must ensure that nurse aides are able to demonstrate competency in skills and techniques necessary to care for residents’ needs, as identified through resident assessments, and described in the plan of care. 
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