Nursing Assistant Questions and Answers

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?
You should first check to see if your nursing assistant certification has expired. If it has expired, and you did not work as a nursing assistant in the last two years, then most likely you have to re-test in order to re-certify. I could help you more if I knew the state in which you became certified and the status of your certificate.

My CNA certificate is from 1-12-94. Back then we were told that our certificate did not expire, true or false? I have been asked to take care of a 2 year old that is developmentally delayed. I am a foster mom and do have CPR and first aid training. What do I need to get my certificate current or is it still good from 94?
Texas nursing assistant certificates do not show an expiration date. Even though there is no expiration date printed on the actual certificate, your CNA certification expires if you do not work as a nurse aide for a period longer than two years. To maintain active status on the Texas nurse aide registry you need to report your employment as a paid nursing assistant every two years. You may check the status of your certification by calling the Texas nurse aide registry or you can search online here: DADS Regulatory Services Credentialing Sanctions Database Search. If you call, you need to follow the prompts and enter your social security number when asked to. If you need to change your status on the registry from expired to active you must re-take and pass the Texas CNA exam. First you need to fill out an application and then submit to a background check. The application you need to complete is called the Request to Retest for Nurse Aides in Expired Status, and it may be found here: Texas Nurse Aide Registry Request to Retest for Nurse Aides in Expired Status. Follow all the instructions and send the completed application as well as any copies of required documents to the Texas Nurse Aide Registry.

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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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