Nebraska, a state of 1.9 million, is solidly located in the Midwest and has many of the various geographical features of this region, such as rolling plains, sandhills and rocky hills and mountains in the west. The capital is Lincoln, known for it a large university and inspiring capitol building. However, Omaha, located farther east, is the largest city in the state and is known for its meatpacking centers and pioneering heritage, which is celebrated at the Durham Museum. CNAs have a major presence in Nebraska, working at the 87 hospitals and 15,855 nursing homes here. The need for CNAs is only expected to increase over the next decade as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age.
– Capital: Lincoln
– Minimum Wage: $9.00
– Number of Hospitals: 87
– Number of Nursing Homes: 15,855
– Total Population: 1,881,503
– Population (ages 45-64): 473,888
– Population (ages 65+): 270,989
– Population (ages 85+): 41,852
– Creighton University
– University of Nebraska, Lincoln
– Nebraska Wesleyan University
Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services oversees CNA training in the state and mandates that CNA students take a course with at least 75 hours of training. These hours will be split between classroom training and 21 hours of clinical training in a local health care setting. This is the minimum federal requirement, and CNAs who may move to a different state are encouraged to find a program that offers more hours than this.
Some individuals are allowed to waive training and move directly to the competency evaluation. Nursing students who have completed a basic nursing course and some clinical hours can waive training as can military-trained health care personnel, foreign nurses and nurses with lapsed licenses. However, all people must take a one-hour course in reporting abuse and neglect before applying to test.
Nebraska does not set any minimum age or educational level requirements for students applying for CNA training. However, certain programs may require individuals to have high school diplomas or GEDs or may require them to take a reading and math competency evaluation first. Students must undergo state and federal background checks using fingerprinting. The background checks must come back clean. They will also need to have physicals showing a clean bill of health as well as full MMR, varicella, hepatitis B and meningitis immunizations and negative tuberculosis screenings.
The Nebraska competency evaluation is taken either at community colleges that provide CNA training or at regional sites provided by the Nebraska Health Care Learning Center or Providence Health Care Institute. The test is composed of two sections that are designed to test CNA theory and CNA clinical skills. Students will take both parts of the test on the same day initially. The cost to take the knowledge test is $20, and the cost to take the skills tests is $32. Students can take each section a total of three times before being required to retrain.
The knowledge test has 70 multiple-choice questions that are answered with pencil and paper. This test is timed, and students must answer at least 70 percent correctly to pass. The clinical skills test has five randomly chosen skills that students must demonstrate in front of an Evaluator in a timed setting. Students will find out if they have passed the skills test the same day, but they may not find out if they have passed the written test for a few days while the test is graded. Both sections must be passed before a student’s name will be sent to the Nurse Aide Registry for inclusion.
Students are allowed to work as non-certified nursing assistants for up to 120 days as they train and take the test. This grace period cannot be extended for any reason. Once students pass the competency evaluation, their names should be added to the Registry within 30 days.
Nebraska has a simple process for CNAs who want to transfer their certifications in from another state. CNAs will need to fill out the application for endorsement and attach a copy of their prior certifications. CNAs transferring to Nebraska from Iowa will also need to attach a copy of their training completion certificate proving that they took a course providing at least 75 hours of training. All out-of-state transfers must complete the required one hour of reporting neglect and abuse in-service before being certified in Nebraska. CNAs must be active and in good standing with their prior registries. Those who have not worked as CNAs in the past 24 months must take the competency evaluation with the required fees. Otherwise, the endorsement is free.
Nebraska CNAs must keep their certifications active by working for pay performing nursing-related duties every 24 months. CNAs can fill out the Employment Verification Form with the help of an employer. If 24 months pass without the CNA working, the license will be considered lapsed. Those who allow their certifications to lapse must retest. There are no additional requirements for in-service or continuing education hours. Those who completed CNA training before 1989 must retrain and retest. CNAs with lapsed certifications cannot work until their names are back on the Registry; this may take up to three weeks. Renewal is free except for those who have to retest. Renewal is only necessary for CNAs who work in Medicare/Medicaid-licensed facilities.
|Nebraska Medical Center||4350 Dewey Ave.||Omaha||NE||68105||800-922-0000||Website|
|Bryan Medical Center||1600 South 48th Street||Lincoln||NE||68506||402-489-0200||Website|
|Methodist Hospital||8303 Dodge Street||Omaha||NE||68114||402-354-4000||Website|
|St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center||555 South 70th Street||Lincoln||NE||68510||402-219-8000||Website|
|Chi Health Good Samaritan||10 East 31st Street||Kearney||NE||68847||308-865-7100||Website|
|Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital||715 North St Joseph Avenue||Hastings||NE||68901||402-463-4521||Website|
|Chi Health Creighton University Medical Center||601 North 30th Street||Omaha||NE||68131||402-449-4000||Website|
|Chi Health Immanuel||6901 North 72nd Street||Omaha||NE||68122||402-572-2121||Website|
|Annie Jeffrey Memorial County Health Center||531 Beebe Street||Osceola||NE||68651||402-747-2031||Website|
|Antelope Memorial Hospital||102 West Ninth Street||Neligh||NE||68756||402-887-4151||Website|
|Avera Creighton Hospital||1503 Main Street||Creighton||NE||68729||402-358-5700||Website|
|Avera St. Anthony'S Hospital||302 North Second Street||O'Neill||NE||68763||402-336-2611||Website|
|Beatrice Community Hospital And Health Center||4800 Hospital Parkway||Beatrice||NE||68310||402-228-3344||Website|
|Bellevue Medical Center||2500 Bellevue Medical Center Drive||Bellevue||NE||68123||402-763-3000||Website|
|Boone County Health Center||723 West Fairview Street||Albion||NE||68620||402-395-2191||Website|
|Box Butte General Hospital||2101 Box Butte Avenue||Alliance||NE||69301||308-762-6660||Website|
|Brodstone Memorial Hospital||520 East Tenth Street||Superior||NE||68978||402-879-3281||Website|
|Brown County Hospital||945 East Zero Street||Ainsworth||NE||69210||402-387-2800||Website|
|Butler County Health Care Center||372 South Ninth Street||David City||NE||68632||402-367-1200||Website|
|Callaway District Hospital||211 East Kimball||Callaway||NE||68825||308-836-2228||Website|