Nursing Assistant Questions and Answers

I got my nursing assistant certification in my senior year in High School but I let it expire. Do I need to re-take the nurse aide classes or do I just have to re-take the CNA test?
You can't renew or update registry status if you do not have an active status on the registry. If you can provide proof of a minimum of 8 hours of employment as a state registered nurse aide performing nursing or nursing-related functions for compensation in the previous 24 months then you can challenge and pass the state nurse aide exam in order to become active on the state registry. If this applies to you then contact the Kentucky Community and Technical College System at 1-877-528-2748 to select a test site and schedule your CNA exam. Please note that if you fail any part of the competency evaluation you are required by state and federal law to retake an approved training program. Effective December 1, 2006 nurse aides will no longer be able to retest for failure to show proof of employment. You will have to retake the training program and test if you can't provide proof of employment. Good luck!

I got my CNA certification a while ago in high school in Kentucky, but I let it expire. Do I have to retake the course or just the test?
As far as I know, to become re-certified in the state of Kentucky you are required to repeat the STNA training and pass the state examination unless you can provide proof of a minimum of 8 hours of employment as a state registered nurse aide performing nursing or nursing-related functions for compensation during the previous 24-month period in which case you can only retake the test. Prior to December 2006 you were only required to retake the test but since then the requirements changed and retraining and retesting is mandatory to become re-certified. If you have additional questions about this issue or if you just want to have an official answer to this question you can contact the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry.

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I worked as a CNA for years but my certification exipred and I was certified in Georgia but now I live in Virginia. What do I need to do to be able to work as a CNA in Virginia?

I completed a CNA course years ago and received my license in Wisconsin however, I never kept this license up. How do I go about getting re-licensed? Do I just need to take the CNA test again?

I have taken a CNA course back in August 1999 but I have not used my CNA certification since 2002. Can I take the North Carolina CNA test online and if not where can I go to retest to activate my CNA license again?

I got my CNA certification a while ago in high school in Kentucky, but I let it expire. Do I have to retake the CNA course or just the test?

I had a CNA certification in Texas but it expired. I want to pursue an LPN degree, however the school requires a CNA license from Kansas for admission. Is it possible having already been a CNA to just be able to take the CNA test in Kansas?

I reside in Kansas and years ago I became a CNA. My credentials are no longer in the Kansas Registry of CNAs but I want to return to this career. I am having a very difficult time finding a list of CNA refresher courses, any ideas?

I let my Indiana nursing assistant certification expire last year. Do I have to take the class and clinicals again or can I just the certification test to get my license back?

I was a CNA for 14 years and I was certified in Montana and Oregon but I let my license expire and now I live in Idaho. Do I need to retake the entire course in order to become re-certified or can I just take the test?

If a CNA certification from Idaho is allowed to lapse can it be reinstated within a certain grace period or by paying additional fees or under other conditions?

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?

What do I need to do to keep my CNA certification current?

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.

Where can I find free online practice tests for the nursing assistant 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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