Emergency licensing and temporary health partners program

Q: What is the process for obtaining emergency licensing for staff?

and Q: Can we get waivers for pre-employment requirements?

A: The NH Office of Public Licensure and Certification has online instructions for people seeking an emergency license in one of three categories — out of state or retired licensees, senior nursing students graduating by May 2021, and some military and EMT personnel (take link for details). ** Note that this guidance ended when the State of Emergency expired on June 11, 2021.

To apply for emergency licensing, go to https://www.app-support.nh.gov/licensing/ and select “Create an Account for a Person.”

You can apply for waivers for pre-employment requirements using this form from the NH Bureau of Licensing & Certification.

In April 2021, CMS announced that facilities who hired nurse aides under their blanket waiver should work with these employees to ensure they will be able to complete their certifications:

“Though this waiver is not being terminated at this time, we are advising stakeholders that the four-month regulatory timeframe will be reinstated when the blanket waiver ends and will start at that time. In other words, nurse aides will have the full four month period starting from the end of the blanket waiver to successfully complete the required training and certification, regardless of the amount of time worked during the time the waiver was in effect. However, though nurse aides will have up to four months from the end of the blanket waiver to complete the required training and certification, we strongly encourage states and nurse aides to explore ways to complete all the training and certification requirements as soon as possible.” QSO-21-17-NH

Q: What is the temporary health partners program?

A: NH Emergency Order #42 established the temporary health partners program “to assist in responding to the COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. See the order for details. ** Note that this order ended when the State of Emergency expired on June 11, 2021.

See also: Employees (staff), Recruiting and hiring new staff, retaining staff, training

This page updated 6/11/21

Information is changing rapidly as the COVID-19 outbreak evolves. Please take the links on these pages, especially the NH DHHS, which coordinates the COVID-19 response in our state, and other public health resources such as your local public health department, the CDC and WHO to find the latest guidance and recommendations.

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