Florida Nurse Aide Registry

Florida Nurse Aide Registry
Florida Department of Health MQA/CNA Program
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, FL 32399
Registry Line: (850) 245-4567
Exemption Line: (850) 245-4125

According to the Florida Nursing Aide Registry, when does a nurse aide need to renew a nursing assistant certificate? In the state of Florida, nursing assistant certifications expire on December 31st of odd years. Every nurse aide should receive a renewal form four months before the current certificates expire. Once you receive the renewal form you should verify that you have worked for pay in a nurse aide position for any amount of time in the two years prior to the renewal of your certificate. Nurse aides are not required to submit documents verifying employment but only the complete renewal form and the requested fee. If you are a nursing assistant who has not performed nursing related work within the twenty four months prior to the certificate renewal date then your Florida nurse aide certification will lapse. Those who have a lapsed nurse aide certificate will not be able work as a nurse aide unless they retake the Florida nurse aide examination and become re-certified.

CNA Registries in the United States

Select an area from the map below to find addresses and phone numbers for Nurse Aide Registries in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia as well as links to online nursing assistant registries if available.

Nursing Assistant Registries

Should you know about your state's nursing assistant registry? Absolutely. A state's nurse aide registry serves important functions for any certified nursing assistant as well as for those looking to become certified. An individual who has finished a nursing assistant training program and has passed the state competency exam becomes listed on the CNA registry. Employers check the registry listings to confirm that a potential employee satisfies the training and testing requirements to obtain a nursing assistant job. To work as a certified nursing assistant, your status on the CNA registry must be active, without any charges of resident abuse, neglect, or misappropriation. It is important to update your name and address on the registry. By doing so, your information is current and you are able to receive important documents sent by the registry.

For example, renewal forms are mailed to the address you have provided to the registry. You will not receive the certification renewal forms unless your address on the registry is accurate. One of the most frequent questions we get is how to get a copy of a CNA certificate. The nurse aide registry is in charge of issuing a duplicate of your nurse aide certificate and to obtain a copy you need to contact them. A nursing assistant certificate is typically reprinted when the original has been lost, accidentally destroyed, stolen, or when the individual has changed their name. The nurse aide registry is also the entity in charge of revoking a nursing assistant's certification in cases of neglect, abuse, or misappropriation of a client's property. In such cases, an individual's name is permanently listed on the registry along with the specific findings.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Betsy R. on August 16, 2013 at 04:49 PM
I have my CNA certification in Arizona, and would like to move to Florida. How do I go about getting my CNA license in Florida? Can it be just added on to my current certification in Arizona?

Admin on August 17, 2013 at 09:25 PM
To work as a nurse aide in Florida, you need to have your CNA certificate from Arizona endorsed by Florida. You are eligible to apply for reciprocity in Florida as long as your Arizona nursing assistant certificate is active and you are listed in good standing on your state's nurse aide registry. You do not need to challenge the Florida CNA exam but you must complete and submit the reciprocity application package as well as a background check. Once your application is reviewed and accepted, the state of Florida will send you the CNA certificate. The reciprocity application and instructions can be found here: Certified Nursing Assistant by Reciprocity.

I am a CNA and I work in Tallahassee, Florida. I have been a CNA for about two years and I need to renew my CNA certification for Georgia, which has expired. Please help, I am trying to get a job in Georgia. What should I do?

I am currently certified as a CNA in Florida, and would like to transfer my license to Montana. How do I transfer my nursing assistant certification to Montana?

I have a CNA certificate for Florida but I am moving to Texas. What do I have to do to transfer my CNA certification from Florida to Texas?

Can I just take the Florida test for nursing assistants and skip the training program?

Is it possible to enroll in a CNA class without a high school diploma or GED?

CNA Resources

Being a Successful C.N.A

Besides knowledge and proficiency there are many qualities which define a competent CNA. Our list includes the answers of residents, families, and those of experienced nurse aides who have been in the health care field for an extended period of time. Most of the qualities listed below represent the reasons and motivational factors driving new individuals to become certified nurse aides.

A competent CNA shows support for others, as well as patience, compassion and empathy. To become a good nursing assistant one needs to understand the meaning of being a team player. An effective nursing assistant learns to become a good listener who cares about and understands the needs of the residents, has a helping nature and a positive attitude. Both patients and co-workers appreciate a smile, an upbeat personality, as well as someone who takes pride in their work. A nurse aide job requires good organizational skills, patience, good judgment, and effective communication.

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Nurse Aide Registries

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