Nursing Assistant Questions and Answers

When do CNA licenses expire?
CNA certificates are valid for two years in most states. Some certificates display an expiration date while others do not, depending on the state that has issued the certificate. In general, to keep a nurse aide certificate active you must renew it every twenty-four months. To verify if your nursing assistant certificate is active you may call or access the online verification system available on your state's CNA registry website.

I have already taken a CNA course back in August 1999 and I worked in a doctor's office for two years and a half. I quit working in 2002. I have not used my CNA certification since then. I know that I have to take a retest but I was wondering could I take it online if not, do you know the name or number to where I can go to retest to activate my CNA again. I live in Fremont, North Carolina and i took my CNA course at Johnston Community College in Smithfield, North Carolina and i worked in Goldsboro, North Carolina at Primecare Physicians.
To return to active status as a nursing assistant on the North Carolina CNA registry you must indeed retake the nurse aide exam. You may not challenge the state test online, but only at one of the state-approved testing locations. The state contractor for administering the nursing assistant examination in North Carolina is Pearson Vue. First you need to print and complete an application for challenging the test. The form may be found here: Application for Registration by Competency Examination. Make sure you complete the entire form and submit any copies of required documents. For the eligibility route in your application I believe the last choice applies to you ("North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry Candidates"). You may also schedule the exam at one of these available testing locations: Regional Test Sites.

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CNA Resources

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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