Federal Bill Aims to Aid Nursing Home Labor Shortage with TNA Program Extension

Jan 25, 2023 | CMS' PBJ Policies, Nursing HPRD & Turnover

Federal Bill Aims to Aid Nursing Home Labor Shortage with TNA Program Extension

A bill that aims to address staffing shortages in nursing homes by allowing temporary nursing aides (TNAs) awaiting certification to remain in the workforce past typical time limits was reintroduced on Wednesday.

Sponsored by Republican U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie of Kentucky and Democratic Rep. Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania, the bill supports flexibilities implemented during the Public Health Emergency, including a waiver to allow TNAs to continue working without certification beyond the limit of four months.

TNAs would also be able to put this on-the-job experience and training toward the federal government’s 75-hour training requirement to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA). The reintroduced bill seeks to extend this policy to TNAs for 24 months following the PHE, a provision that will make the path to becoming a CNA much smoother.


Skilled Nursing News


January 25, 2023


Siddiqi, Zahida. “Federal Bill Aims to Aid Nursing Home Labor Shortage With TNA Program Extension.” Skilled Nursing News, 26 Jan. 2023, skillednursingnews.com/2023/01/federal-bill-aims-to-aid-nursing-home-labor-shortage-with-tna-program-extension.

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