Temporary Nurse Aides

Tem​po​rary Nurse Aide Pathway for CNA/GNA Certification

A Temporary Nurse Aide (“TNA”) is an individual who is not certified as a certified nursing assistant (“CNA”)/geriatric nursing assistant (“GNA”) (also known as a “nurse aide”) in the State of Maryland, but who worked as a CNA/GNA at a nursing facility or skilled nursing facility in Maryland during the COVID-19 pandemic pursuant to the “COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers” (“Waiver”) issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”).


CMS has granted the State of Maryland an extension of the Waiver that is effective until the earlier of March 30, 2023 or the end of the federal Public Health Emergency, meaning that TNAs may continue working while they seek certification as a CNA/GNA. The Board encourages all TNAs to apply for certification as soon as possible.


The Board will share all relevant information regarding TNAs on this page and will update this page as needed.​



If you have additional questions that are not answered after reviewing the above information, please contact mbon.TNA@maryland.gov​.


Last Updated:  October 19, 2022​


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