Missouri Nurse Aide Registry

Missouri Nurse Aide Registry
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service - Division of Health
Health Education Unit, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 526-5686

What is the difference between being listed as having active versus inactive nurse aide status on the Missouri Nurse Aide Registry? The Missouri Nurse Aide Registry keeps track of certified nurse aides who have active status, as well as of those who are inactive or have expired status. Furthermore, the Registry lists nurse aides who have been found guilty of charges ranging from abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of property. If you are a nurse aide looking for employment in the state of Missouri then you must be in good standing, active status on the Missouri Nurse Aide Registry. An active CNA Status means that you have completed the training and testing required by the state for nursing assistants. State approved nurse aide courses must have a minimum of seventy-five hours of class instruction as well as one hundred clinical training hours. Inactive CNA status on the Missouri Nurse Aide Registry means that according to state records the CNA did not work as a paid nurse aide for two years. If you are listed under the inactive status then you can not be employed as a nurse aide in any long-term care facility. Inactive nurse aides who wish to return to work in their field must retake the state examination. Upon successfully passing the Missouri nursing assistant test your status will be changed from inactive to active.

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

Carri W. on July 19, 2009 at 03:12 PM
I am a registered CNA in Missouri but it has been a while since I practiced. I need a copy of my registration and need to know if I need to get recertified to practice as a CNA now.

Admin on July 23, 2009 at 05:30 PM
If your CNA certification has expired (or inactive) then you probably have to retake the CNA competency examination in order to practice again although some states require retraining as well. Federal regulation requires that an individual work at least eight hours, for pay, in the provision of nursing services without a two year break to remain active. Please note that renewal requirements may differ from state to state and may change over time and that some states make a distinction between inactive and expired CNA certificates. Some people have to retrain by joining and completing another CNA course, especially when it has been longer than five years since the certification expired. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services states on their website: “Your CNA certificate is considered inactive if the register shows a two year break in employment in the provision of nursing services. Your CNA certificate is considered expired if the register shows a five year break in employment in the provision of nursing services. If your certificate is inactive you may challenge the examination to obtain active status. If your certificate is expired you are required to retake the course to obtain active status.” You also need to contact the CNA registry every time your personal information changes, including your name, address, etc. Contact the nursing assistant registry in your state to find out the exact steps you need to take. You can also check the status of your license here: Missouri Certified Nurse Assistant Registry Search.

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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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