Louisiana Nurse Aide Registry

Louisiana Nurse Aide Registry
P.O. Box 3767, Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Phone: (225) 342-0138
The Board of Nursing Facility Administrators maintains legislative authority to issue the optional Nurse Aide ID cards for those businesses that require or CNAs that just wish to have them.
Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Nursing Facility Administrators
5647 Superior Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816
Phone: (225) 295-8571

Did you know that according to federal law, all state-approved nurse aide training programs must provide at least seventy-five (75) hours of classroom and clinical instruction? According to a nation-wide study, at least half of the States report that their nurse aide courses provide more than the federal requirement of seventy five (75) hours of training. Nurse aide training must include classroom instruction and clinical experiences, and by law a minimum of sixteen (16) hours of supervised, hands-on clinical practice is mandatory. In the state of Louisiana there are more non facility-based nurse aide programs than facility-based CNA courses.

Every state has been required to create and maintain a registry of nursing assistants who have met the minimum requirements to practice as CNAs in that state. The Louisiana Nurse Aide Registry maintains entries of certified nurse aides who are active and eligible for employment. Expiration for all CNA licenses is exactly two years from the certification date. A CNA who has not performed paid, nursing-related services for twenty four (24) consecutive months is removed from the registry. The only exception applies to those nurse aides who have documented findings of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation, who will have their names maintained on the registry. Certified nurse aides working or contracted through staffing agencies to work in nursing homes or in hospital based skilled units, are required to be certified as well as registered on the Louisiana Nurse Aide Registry. Certified nurse aides working in these areas must work a minimum of ninety (90) days or seven hundred twenty (720) hours of nurse aide duties, in one nursing facility, within a one hundred twenty (120) day period each year in order to maintain their certification and registration.

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

Heather C. on August 06, 2009 at 11:01 PM
How can I have my Louisiana CNA license switched to the state of Texas?


Admin on August 07, 2009 at 11:12 PM
If you are currently on the Louisiana nurse aide registry and wish to transfer your CNA certification to Texas, then you must apply for reciprocity in Texas. The reciprocity form is available here: Request for Entry on the Texas Nurse Aide Registry through Reciprocity. Print this application and read it carefully. You need to follow all the instructions included in the application, and submit all the required paperwork as well as copies of certain documents to the departments indicated in the application. This application must be completed by you as well as by the Louisiana nurse aide registry. A criminal history check from the Texas Department of Public Safety is mandatory for reciprocity candidates. The CNA reciprocity application contains instructions on how to obtain the history check. Once the Texas DADS receives all the required documents, the department processes your application and decides if you are eligible to receive certification in Texas. Good Luck!


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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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