Washington Nurse Aide Registry

Washington State Nurse Aide Registry
Washington Aging & Long-Term Support Administration - Residential Care Services Division
PO Box 45600, Olympia, WA 98504-5600
Phone: (360) 725-2570

The Washington Nurse Aide Registry is the organization responsible for maintaining a record of qualified individuals who have met the state and federal requirements to provide nurse aide services in long-term care and skilled nursing facilities throughout the state of Washington. A nurse aide who has completed the state required training and passed the nurse aide exam receives the title of Nursing Assistant Certified. The Washington Nurse Aide Registry holds important information about each Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC), including basic identifying data, the nurse aide work records, eligibility for employment in a long term care facility, and any instances of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of client property. There are more than 95,000 individual nursing assistant listings present on the Washington Nurse Aide Registry. The Nurse Aide Registry may be accessed on-line, by nurse aides or nurse aide employers, to verify the status of an individual. According to federal regulations, all nursing facilities must check a certified nurse aide status prior to employing that individual.

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

Bree on August 06, 2009 at 02:41 PM
Can you please give me a list of places where I can take the CNA exam in Washington State? Thank you very much.


Admin on August 07, 2009 at 10:33 PM
A list of locations for taking the Washington State CNA exam is available here: Washington NNAAP Regional Test Sites and Test Schedules.


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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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