Nursing Assistant Questions and Answers

Are there any additional training requirements for nursing assistants planning to work in assisted living facilities, such as CPR, First Aid, etc? Thank you.
Nurse aide programs have different admission requirements depending on the school or facility which provides the training. Some CNA programs teach CPR as part of their curriculum while others require students to possess CPR training prior to enrolling into the course. Check with the school or facility where you plan to attend and find out what their particular policies are. Assisted living facilities also have different requirements so it is best to check with them and find out if they require additional training.

How do I sign up for CNA training? I am having trouble finding the shortest training program in my area. Can you help me?
To sign up for a certified nursing assistant program, you must contact the school and request an enrollment application. Some schools provide applications online, but others do not. You might have to visit the facility to pick up an application. A deposit is usually required to reserve your seat in the class. You must contact each program yourself to ask about the length and cost of their classes and decide which one is best for you. I could help you locate several CNA training classes in your area. Please provide me with state and county information if you need help locating nursing assistant courses close to where you live.

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Is it possible to transfer my CNA license to Wisconsin?

Is it possible to reinstate my CNA license in Texas if it was revoked for allegation of abuse?

What are the license renewal requirements for certified nursing assistants in Texas?

How can I get a copy of my Texas CNA license if I lost the original one?

When will Texas allow CNAs to renew their licenses online?

I let my Texas CNA certification expire. How can I get it back?

I have almost finished my CNA training. I have some hearing loss and very little feeling in the tips of my fingers. What sort of letter does my doctor need to provide for me to take with me for my Utah state exam to allow me to use automated blood pressure and pulse equipment?

Can you tell me what the requirements are for starting a CNA training program in Utah?

I worked as a CNA for 7+ years, but since the birth of my daughter 3 years ago, I haven't been employed. Also, I was certified in Georgia, and have moved to Virginia. What do I need to do to be able to work as a CNA again?

How do I transfer my CNA certification from Illinois to Virginia?

I just moved to Washington State and I am trying to get my nurse aide license switched from Indiana to Washington but I am have trouble finding out how to go about it. Any suggestions?

Where I can take the nursing assistant test in Washington State?

How do I transfer my CNA license from North Dakota to Wisconsin?

How do I go about renewing my lapsed CNA license in Wisconsin?

I attended nursing school but due to family issues I was unable to finish. Could I go back and challenge the Tennessee CNA exam now, or would I have to retake the training course first?

How do I transfer my CNA license from Pennsylvania to Ohio?

How do I transfer my CNA license from New York to Virginia?

My boyfriend is a CNA certified in Oklahoma but plans to move to New York City to live with me. Will he be able to transfer his Oklahoma CNA certification to work in a New York City hospital?

I am a certified nursing assistant in Nevada and I am moving to Texas. How do I transfer my CNA certification from Nevada to Texas?

How do I transfer my nursing assistant certification from Indiana to Nevada?

How do I transfer my CNA license from Oregon to New Jersey?

What is the fee to renew your nursing assistant license in New Jersey?

How do I transfer my nursing assistant certification from New Jersey to Virginia?

How can I renew my expired certified nursing assistant license in New Jersey?

How can I transfer my California nursing assistant license to New Jersey?

My North Carolina CNA certification has expired. Where can I go to retest to activate my CNA license again?

How can I become a CNA and Med Tech instructor in North Carolina?

How can I transfer my CNA license to North Carolina?

I am currently licensed as a nursing assistant in Florida, and would like to transfer my certification to Montana. How do I transfer my CNA license to Montana?

I am certified as a CNA in Nebraska and now I moved to Missouri. Do you think I need to retake the CNA test or can I just apply for reciprocity?

I am a registered CNA in Missouri but it has been a while since I practiced. How do I get recertified to practice as a CNA again?

How can I transfer my CNA certification from Arkansas to Minnesota?

I took my CNA training but I have not worked as a CNA in the last three years. I would like to update my CNA certification so that I could work as one. Is my name still on the Minnesota CNA registry?

Can a CNA certificate from Kansas be valid for use in Michigan? If not, can I take the Michigan CNA exam so as to make my license valid?

I moved from Indiana to Maine and my CNA license expired in 2007. Do I need to take the Maine certification exam to renew my CNA license?

I live in Maine and I have been out of work for a while. Can you tell me where I need to go to recertify my nursing assistant certification?

Does Maryland accept CNA license transfers from Wisconsin?

Can I take a CNA training class in Washington, DC but take the exam and become certified in Maryland?

I am an RN from the Philippines but unfortunately I failed to pass the California NCLEX-RN exam. Will I be eligible to take the CNA exam in Massachusetts or do I still need to take up CNA classes before I can take the CNA exam?

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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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