Qualifications and Regulations
Compared to other states in the country, Nebraska has a very standard set of qualifications for Certified Nursing Assistants. In order to become a CNA in the state, applicants must complete a state-approved nurse aide training program. Training programs that Nebraska considers valid must provide at least 75 hours of instruction, with at least 16 of these spent in a clinical setting under the supervision of a licensed nurse. After completing, the individual must pass both portions of the certification exam (written and clinical skills). These examinations must be given out by the State Department of Health and Human Services or an affiliated institution. Nursing homes that are Medicare or Medicaid dependent are not permitted to provide the test. In order to work as a CNA in Nebraska, the nurse aide must be on the state registry. In order to transfer an out-of-state certificate to Nebraska, the applicant must fill out the proper Interstate Endorsement Form and include copies of all previous certification or licensure. If transferring from Iowa, the state department requires a photocopy of the actual certificate received upon completion of your training program. It must verify that 75 hours of appropriate training were completed. All out-of-state CNAs must complete at least one hour of education on reporting resident abuse before working, even if the course was already received in another state.
Wage and Cost
For a CNA working in Nebraska, the average salary received is approximately $23,000. This is close to the national average for all CNAs. Nebraska is surrounded by states where CNAs receive higher pay for the same work. For the most part, the salaries of neighboring states differ by their maximums. Wages are distributed between $20,800 and $25,000. The cap at the top of this salary bracket is what limits Nebraska from being more competitive with other states in its pay-rate for CNAs. Although the wage is not below average, if you plan to continue working as a CNA, it may be more profitable to seek a new state of employment after accumulating some years of experience. There are no fees associated with registering on the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry, though classes will range in price. Community and technical colleges will be the most expensive options for receiving CNA certification, with community centers and long-term care facilities providing more affordable alternatives.