Nursing Assistant Questions and Answers

I completed the CNA course years ago, and received my license 7 years ago I believe. I was a licensed CNA 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? Would I need to take the written and skills test, or just the written test?
To return a lapsed certificate to active status you must re-challenge and pass both parts of the nursing assistant exam. You need to complete the application for competency evaluation, and then schedule and pass the Wisconsin CNA exam. Successfully passing the nursing assistant test results in re-certification. The application may be found here (your eligibility is E5 - nurse aide whose registration has lapsed): National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP™) Application for Competency Evaluation. Once you receive the approval to test, you may choose a test site from a list of available locations. A list of current testing locations may be found here: Wisconsin NNAAP Regional Test Sites and Test Schedules.

I was just wondering since I am originally from North Dakota and have received my CNA license in North Dakota, which only required me to have 76 hours of training, how would I go about getting the other 44 hours needed for me to become a CNA in Wisconsin? Would I have to take the whole course over again or could I just take to 44 hours that I need to qualify to take the oral and written exam?
In order to be included on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry, an individual must complete an approved training program of a minimum of 120 hours and successfully pass both portions (written or oral examination and skills evaluation) of the competency test. According to the information provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services only nurse aides who completed a training program of 120 hours or more are eligible to transfer their licenses to Wisconsin from another state. If you are a nurse aide currently listed on another state's nurse aide (or equivalent) registry as active and in good standing, and have completed an approved nurse aide training program of at least one-hundred twenty (120) hours in another state, you may be eligible for placement on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry. To apply for placement on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry, you must complete an Out-of-State Application.

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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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