Nursing Assistant Questions and Answers

I am a third year nursing student outside of California and I want to take my chance in the CNA field. Do I still have to undergo formal training in a CNA course despite of all my hospital exposures, skills and concepts I learned in my schooling? Can I take the state board CNA test right away?
Individuals which have equivalent CNA training are eligible to challenge the nurse aide exam in California without completing a nursing assistant course. If you are currently enrolled in a registered nurse, vocational nurse, or psychiatric technician program AND have completed the nursing fundamentals coursework and clinical, then you qualify to sit for the CNA examination in California. The following documents must be submitted to the California Department of Public Health, Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS): an original school transcript or official letter from your educational institution listing the completed coursework in nursing fundamentals; a copy of the completed Request for Live Scan Service form (Sample Request for Live Scan Service form for Certified Nurse Assistants or Home Health Aides), and the completed Nurse Assistant Initial Application form. Upon receiving and reviewing these documents, ATCS determines your eligibility, and sends you information on challenging the CNA exam. You should contact the California Department of Public Health, Licensing and Certification Program, Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS) at (916) 327-2445 or (916) 552-8811 to ensure you are following the correct process and to ask any questions you might have on completing the required applications.

I am a registered nurse from the Philippines but unfortunately I failed to pass the California NCLEX-RN exam. Will I be eligible to take the CNA exam in Massachusetts or do I still need to take up CNA classes before I can take the CNA exam?
In general, graduates of U.S. registered nursing programs meet the training requirements to challenge the CNA state exam without having to complete a nursing assistant class. The training you received in nursing school makes you eligible to take the nurse aide examination without further training even if you did not pass the NCLEX-RN exam, but if you completed the nursing program in the Philippines you might want to make sure that this applies in your case. To see if you are eligible to take the test without further training, I encourage you to call the Massachusetts CNA Registry at (617) 753-8143. To obtain information regarding the nurse aide state exam, request an application, and schedule the examination you may call the Massachusetts Nurse Aide Testing Office at (800) 962-4337 or (508) 531-7958 (outside of MA). At least certain states allow you to skip CNA training and only take the CNA exam if you are a foreign trained nurse. For example, in Colorado you must provide documentation that you have completed at least five semester credit hours of nursing fundamentals on an official transcript, which must be sent directly to the Board of Nursing from the nursing education facility for review. If you have completed this and received approval from Board staff, you are eligible to take the CNA exam in Colorado.

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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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