Tennessee Nurse Aide Registry

Tennessee Nurse Aide Registry
Tennessee Department of Health Division of Health Care Facilities
Cordell Hull Building, 425 5th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37247
Phone: (800) 778-4504 or (615) 532-5171

State approved nurse aide training programs in Tennessee must include least 75 hours of classroom and clinical instruction and be conducted under the direction of a registered nurse with a minimum of two years of experience, preferably in adult, long term care. To be listed on the Tennessee Nurse Aide Registry, a graduate of a nurse aide course must pass the state exam within two years from completion of the nurse aide class. An individual certified as a nurse aides must renew the certification every two years. To qualify for certification renewal a Tennessee nurse aide must show proof of employment for a minimum of eight hours in the last twenty four months in a health care facility licensed or certified by the Division of Health Care Facilities. The employment must be nursing related, within the scope of practice of a nurse aide. A nurse aide certified in another state may apply for certification by reciprocity in Tennessee. To be eligible for certification transfer by the process of reciprocity the nursing assistant must possess an active license in the state they wish to transfer from, with no history of abuse or other derogatory information listed on the Nurse Aide Registry.

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

Tracy B. on July 19, 2012 at 09:27 AM
I moved to TN a month ago, and when I called my home state which is Indiana they told me that I had to ask for the reciprocity form, so I am completely confused. I just want to work at my chosen profession which is as a CNA. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you, Tracy B.

Admin on July 20, 2012 at 10:54 PM
You have to print and fill out a form called the Verification of Out-Of-State Nurse Aide Registration Application. This form has two parts which must be completed in full before submission. The first part must be completed by you, the nurse aide, while the second part is completed by the Nurse Aide Registry of Indiana. Once you complete the first part of the application you need to mail it to the Nurse Aide Registry of the state where you are registered as a nursing assistant, in your case Indiana. After the Indiana NAR completes their part of the application, the form is sent to the new state, Tennessee. Make sure all the information is clear, accurate, and complete. You also need to submit copies of the following documents: social security card and a form of identification such as a driver's license. The state of Tennessee does not charge a fee associated with the process of reciprocity, but you must ask the NAR for the state of Indiana if they require any fees.

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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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