Nursing Assistant Questions and Answers

I worked as a CNA back in 1996 for four months and left the healthcare field. I am now considering coming back to the healthcare field. I feel OK working in the CNA position but I do want to further my education in nursing. What do you suggest?
I would suggest looking into a registered nurse program offered at a community college in your area. These type of programs take two years to complete and are less expensive than four-years nursing programs offered by private schools or universities. You may also look into licensed vocational or practical nursing programs, which take less than two years to complete. If you decide to choose a registered nurse program keep in mind that you need to take pre-requisite courses as soon as possible and apply early. I would contact a program coordinator or counselor at a community college and discuss the situation with them.

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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I am interested in registering for the CNA course but I would like to know who at your college teaches CNA classes and if you are you accredited by the state?

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

I am a bachelor of science in nursing degree holder from the Philippines and I want to take the CNA test before challenging the NCLEX exam to be an RN. Where can I find the requirements for the CNA exam?

Are accelerated CNA courses as good as traditional training classes?

Where can I get a copy of my CNA certification?

Can a person with a misdemeanor become a CNA?

How do I check to see if my CNA license is expired or inactive?

What are the training requirements for certified nursing assistants planning to work in assisted living facilities?

Will a flag on the CNA Registry prevent me from attending nursing school?

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 active?

I had just received my CNA license about two months ago and was wondering if I could get another one. I had lost it and am unable to find it. I haven't even registered yet.

Is it true that the CNA test is given using a computer?

How do I find schools in my area that offer CNA classes?

How can I get the nursing assistant training videos so that I can use them to teach classes at a small nurse agency?

How long do I have to wait after taking the certified nursing assistant state exam to get the results?

I would like to know if I can recertify my CNA license. I would like to know the costs in doing this. I am interested in recertifying, so I can begin working as a CNA again.

I am curious to when and where I can take the CNA exam?

I am 52 years old female. Am I too old to be accepted for nursing assistant training? Can I take the CNA test?

I worked as a CNA from 1999 to 2008 and I am 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 free CNA training videos and CNA practice exams?

My nursing assistant certification expired. Do I have to retake the CNA course all over again or do I just take the CNA exam?

How do I check the status of my nursing assistant certification?

When do CNA licenses expire and how do I keep my nursing assistant certification active?

Can I be registered as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in more than one state at the same time?

I lost my nursing assistant license and I am wondering if it possible to get my CNA license number online?

My CNA license is about to expire. How do I renew it?

Is it possible to renew my nursing assistant license online and how?

Is it typical to use a staffing agency to get job placement after becoming a CNA?

Can I join a CNA training course as a J-2 visa holder? Am I allowed to work as a certified nursing assistant after I finish the training and pass the certification exam?

Could you give some examples of questions I might be asked at a CNA job interview?

Is there an example of the CNA test online I can take?

My girlfriend is already a caregiver who has worked at a facility for over two years, is it possible for her to take the test instead of enrolling in a CNA class or must she enroll beforehand?

What are the requirements for online CNA classes?

Why is it so hard to find a job as a CNA?

Can a foreign certified nursing assistant challenge the CNA exam without additional training?

How much does it cost to take the test and become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

I have a certificate in Medical Assisting and will be attending nursing school to become a registered nurse. Will I be able to challenge the CNA exam without taking a CNA class?

Is there any way to study from the CNA book on your own and just take the exam? I am sure doing clinicals is required. Is there anyway to sign up for just clinicals and not the class?

How can I renew an expired CNA license?

How can I get a copy of my CNA certification? Is there a number I can call to get a new copy of my CNA license?

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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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