Nursing Assistant Questions and Answers

How long does it take after taking the nursing assistant state exam to get the results from your test?
The time it takes to find out the results of your CNA exam varies from state to state. Some testing facilities report the results immediately while others take a few weeks. If you already challenged the exam you can call the testing facility and ask them when you should expect the results.

I am trying to get some info on where to start in the health care profession. Is it better to start as a CNA or LVN?
If you are planning to become a nurse in the future, it is a good idea to see if this field is right for you. What better way to see if you like this field than to become a certified nurse aide? As a CNA you will mainly provide assistance with activities of daily living, but you will learn to become a good communicator and observer. Having these skills prior to enrolling in a nursing program will make you more comfortable in both the classroom and clinical setting. CNA training programs are relatively short, and classes may be completed in about six weeks. You can find a job and start earning money while you complete the pre-requisite courses necessary to enroll in a nursing program. In addition, some LVN and RN programs give enrollment priority to those who have obtained their CNA certification. LVNs are paid better but the program usually takes one year to complete and is much more expensive than a CNA class. Overall, I think it is a good idea to complete a nursing assistant course prior to enrolling into a nursing program, but ultimately this decision is yours to make.

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Am I required to attend a state-approved training program prior to testing for CNA in Florida?

I worked at a nursing home after I completed the CNA class and got my CNA license in 1994 or 1995. Can I take the CNA exam and obtain my certification as a CNA without taking the whole class again?

Can a Critical Care Tech work as a Certified Nurse Assistant in Georgia?

How much does it cost to take the nursing assistant exam in Texas?

I have almost finished my CNA training. I have some hearing loss and very little feeling in the tips of my fingers. What sort of letter does my doctor need to provide for me to take with me for my Utah state exam to allow me to use automated blood pressure and pulse equipment?

Where I can take the nursing assistant test in Washington State?

How do I go about renewing my lapsed CNA license in Wisconsin?

I would like to take the Pennsylvania exam for certified nursing assistants. How do I begin?

I moved from Indiana to Maine and my CNA license expired in 2007. Do I need to take the Maine certification exam to renew my CNA license?

I live in Maine and I have been out of work for a while. Can you tell me where I need to go to recertify my nursing assistant certification?

Does Maryland accept CNA license transfers from Wisconsin?

Can I take a CNA training class in Washington, DC but take the exam and become certified in Maryland?

I am an RN from the Philippines but unfortunately I failed to pass the California NCLEX-RN exam. Will I be eligible to take the CNA exam in Massachusetts or do I still need to take up CNA classes before I can take the CNA exam?

How can I have my Louisiana CNA certification switched to the state of Texas? Are there some forms I can fill out or do I have to take a CNA class and the test again?

Do I need to re-take the nursing assistant classes or do I just have to re-take the CNA test if my Kentucky CNA license expired?

How can I renew my lapsed CNA certificate in Kentucky?

Where can I take the CNA certification exam in Georgia, and how much does it cost?

How long can you wait after completing a CNA course in Colorado to take the state exam?

Can I take the the CNA exam in California without CNA training if I am a nursing student?

I got my CNA certification here in Texas years ago. Do I have to retake the class and test to work as a CNA again? I have not worked in years and would like to now. Can I just retake the test?

I am interested in registering for the CNA course but I would like to know who at your college teaches CNA classes and if you are you accredited by the state?

I want to start taking CNA classes as soon as possible but I do not have my GED. Will I still be able to become a CNA?

I am a bachelor of science in nursing degree holder from the Philippines and I want to take the CNA test before challenging the NCLEX exam to be an RN. Where can I find the requirements for the CNA exam?

Are accelerated CNA courses as good as traditional training classes?

Where can I get a copy of my CNA certification?

Can a person with a misdemeanor become a CNA?

How do I check to see if my CNA license is expired or inactive?

What are the training requirements for certified nursing assistants planning to work in assisted living facilities?

Will a flag on the CNA Registry prevent me from attending nursing school?

My certification expires at the end of this month but I worked as an CNA last year in September. How do I keep my certification active?

I had just received my CNA license about two months ago and was wondering if I could get another one. I had lost it and am unable to find it. I haven't even registered yet.

Is it true that the CNA test is given using a computer?

How do I find schools in my area that offer CNA classes?

How can I get the nursing assistant training videos so that I can use them to teach classes at a small nurse agency?

I would like to know if I can recertify my CNA license. I would like to know the costs in doing this. I am interested in recertifying, so I can begin working as a CNA again.

I am curious to when and where I can take the CNA exam?

I am 52 years old female. Am I too old to be accepted for nursing assistant training? Can I take the CNA test?

I worked as a CNA from 1999 to 2008 and I am wondering if I would be able to challenge the exam or if I would have to take the class over again?

How can I get free CNA training videos and CNA practice exams?

My nursing assistant certification expired. Do I have to retake the CNA course all over again or do I just take the CNA exam?

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What is a Nursing Assistant?

A CNA is an entry level, certified healthcare worker. To obtain CNA certification, a nursing assistant trainee must complete a series of courses which teach the student basic skills needed to assist with patient care. A nurse aide is knowledgeable about client safety and transportation, assisting with activities of daily living, communicating with clients and nursing staff, performing basic procedures such as taking vital signs and weighing, and recording intake and output. A certified nursing assistant spends the majority of their working time at the patient's bedside, providing comfort, hygiene, and support.

State approved CNA training programs teach nurse aide trainees how to become competent care givers. The theoretical section of a nursing assistant program is augmented by the clinical portion, by reinforcing and practicing the knowledge gained in the classroom. The length of a nurse aide course depends on the facility providing the training. Some programs may require as little as three weeks to complete, while others may take two to three months. Fast paced courses are not for everyone, and students have the option to enroll in lengthier programs such as those offered by community colleges. A nurse aide trainee who completes the training is eligible to take the CNA exam. Passing this important examination results in certification and listing on the state nurse aide registry.

Employment opportunities for certified nursing assistants are numerous. The skills of a CNA are needed especially in hospitals, long term care facilities, and rehabilitation centers. Other nursing assistant job opportunities exist in the community, such as Home Health Aide. Hospitals may offer educational opportunities and financial incentives to nursing assistants who wish to continue their education and become licensed vocational nurses, or registered nurses.

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