Nursing Assistant Questions and Answers

I have a certificate in Medical Assisting and will be attending nursing school this August to become a registered nurse. I am wondering if I will be able to challenge the CNA exam around October or November. Any help would be appreciated.
As far as I know, a nursing student enrolled in a licensed practical nurse (LVN) or registered nurse (RN) program is eligible to challenge the CNA state exam as long as they have completed the basic nursing fundamentals course. Both the theoretical and practical parts of the course must be completed and official school transcripts are needed for verification. As soon as you meet this criteria you may sit for the nurse aide competency evaluation. You can make sure that this information is correct by calling the nurse aide registry for your state.

I am a coordinator/case manager for students who are interested in building their job training and education (High School and GED). Many women who go through our program are interested in taking CNA classes. However, recently a young lady who, I am assisting, is looking to renew her CNA certificate. How long is the CNA certificate valid for?
CNA certificates are valid for two years in most states. A nurse aide must show proof of paid work in a licensed nursing home or facility in order to renew her credentials. If you need further assistance with renewal information feel free to contact me again. Please include the state where she became certified as a nurse aide.

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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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