Nursing Assistant Questions and Answers

My certification expires at the end of this month but I worked as an CNA last year in September. How do I keep my certification current?
You should have received a notification by mail to renew your CNA certification. Most states notify you three months prior to the expiration date. Each certified nurse aide must complete and submit a renewal application. You need to show proof that you have worked for the required number of hours within the last two years in order to renew your certification. Each state decides on a minimum number of work hours required for the nursing assistant certification renewal. An acceptable proof of employment includes: a pay stub, a payroll printout, or a notarized attestation form. Contact your state CNA registry and request an application of renewal or go on-line and print the application yourself. Follow all the instructions, complete the application fully and correctly and submit it as soon as possible.

Is it possible to enroll in a CNA class without a high school diploma or GED?
There are no federal regulations stating that individuals are required to have a high school diploma prior to attending nurse aide classes. A program coordinator at the school or nursing facility which is offering CNA training classes may tell you if a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) is required in order to enroll in the nurse aide program. Some facilities do not require a diploma as long as you have completed a 10th grade high school education. In the state of Texas a high school diploma or a GED is not necessary in order to attend and complete a nursing assistant program.

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I worked at a nursing home after I completed the CNA class and got my CNA certificate in 1994 or 1995. Will this allow me to challenge the CNA test now?

I used to be a CNA, but I didn't renew my license since 1994. I live in Colorado and got my CNA certification in Colorado. What do I need to do?

How often do I have to renew my CNA certification in Texas?

How many hours per year does a CNA in Texas need to work to not lose the certification?

When will Texas allow certified nursing assistants to renew their licenses online instead of mailing?

I would like to know if you can just take the Tennessee state board test after letting your CNA certification lapse to get your certification back. Who do I contact?

I need to find out if I am still a registered CNA in Tennessee, if not, how do I go about in renewing my license?

Will a W2 tax form work for proof of employment in Tennessee?

Do I need to take the whole training course and exam again if I was licensed before but my CNA license expired?

How long is a CNA license valid for?

I am a CNA in Georgia and I have recently got married. I need to change my last name on my nursing assistant certification card. How do I go about getting this done?

I am interested in registering for the CNA program at your facility. I would like to know, who at your college teaches CNA programs and are you accredited for the nursing including the CNA program?

I do not have my GED but I am working on getting it. I want to start taking CNA classes as soon as possible. Will I still be able to become a CNA?

I am a graduate of a nursing program from the Philippines. I am a bachelor of science in nursing degree holder and I live in California. Can I take the CNA test before challenging the NCLEX exam to be an RN?

What is your advice regarding accelerated nursing assistant programs? Is an accelerated CNA course as good as a traditional one?

How do I get a copy of my CNA license?

Can you have a misdemeanor and still become a CNA?

How do I find out if my CNA certification expired?

Are there any additional training requirements for nursing assistants working in assisted living facilities, such as CPR, First Aid, etc?

Will a flag on the CNA Registry prevent me from becoming a practical nurse?

How can I get a new CNA license if I lost or misplaced the original?

I want to take the CNA exam. I have heard that the exam will be using a computer. Is it true?

How do I find a school in my area that offers a CNA program?

I would like to get the CNA training videos, because I teach classes at a small nurse agency, and I would like the care provided to be the best for the client. How can I do this?

How long does it take after taking the nursing assistant state exam to get the results from your test?

How can I recertify my CNA license?

When and where I can take the CNA exam?

Am I too old to become a CNA?

I worked as a CNA from 1999 to 2008. Since then I have not worked as a CNA and was wondering if I would be able to challenge the exam or if I would have to take the class over again?

How can I get the free CNA training videos and CNA practice exams? Can you mail them to me?

Do I have to take the CNA course again if my certification expired?

How do I check the status of my CNA certification?

When does my CNA license expire?

Can I be registered as a CNA in more than one state?

Can I get my CNA license number online?

How do I renew my nurse aide certificate?

Can I renew my CNA certification online?

Is it typical to use a recruiting service or agency to get job placement after becoming a certified nursing assistant?

Can I join a CNA training course as a J-2 visa holder?

Could you give some examples of questions I might be asked at a CNA job interview? I just got my CNA license, and I am going to be looking for a job.

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What is a Nursing Assistant?

A CNA is an entry level, certified healthcare worker. To obtain CNA certification, a nursing assistant trainee must complete a series of courses which teach the student basic skills needed to assist with patient care. A nurse aide is knowledgeable about client safety and transportation, assisting with activities of daily living, communicating with clients and nursing staff, performing basic procedures such as taking vital signs and weighing, and recording intake and output. A certified nursing assistant spends the majority of their working time at the patient's bedside, providing comfort, hygiene, and support.

State approved CNA training programs teach nurse aide trainees how to become competent care givers. The theoretical section of a nursing assistant program is augmented by the clinical portion, by reinforcing and practicing the knowledge gained in the classroom. The length of a nurse aide course depends on the facility providing the training. Some programs may require as little as three weeks to complete, while others may take two to three months. Fast paced courses are not for everyone, and students have the option to enroll in lengthier programs such as those offered by community colleges. A nurse aide trainee who completes the training is eligible to take the CNA exam. Passing this important examination results in certification and listing on the state nurse aide registry.

Employment opportunities for certified nursing assistants are numerous. The skills of a CNA are needed especially in hospitals, long term care facilities, and rehabilitation centers. Other nursing assistant job opportunities exist in the community, such as Home Health Aide. Hospitals may offer educational opportunities and financial incentives to nursing assistants who wish to continue their education and become licensed vocational nurses, or registered nurses.

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