Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry

Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry
Wisconsin Department of Health Services - Division of Quality Assurance
Office of Caregiver Quality
P.O. Box 2969, Madison, WI 53701
Phone: (608) 261-8319
The online Nurse Aide Registry is managed by Pearson Vue.
Phone: (877) 329-8760

State approved nurse aide programs in Wisconsin must meet several requirements, one of them being a predetermined program length. All state approved nurse aide courses have a minimum of one hundred twenty (120) hours of instruction, with a minimum of thirty-two (32) hours set aside for direct clinical practice in a long-term care facility, caring for elderly clients. A nurse aide candidate, who has completed the training part of the nurse aide program, must pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program examination within one year from the date of program completion. Those who pass the nurse aide test will have their names listed on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry, and are issued a nursing assistant card. Individuals listed as nurse aides on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry are eligible to become employed in federally certified facilities, state licensed facilities, and hospitals.

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

Cassie on August 24, 2009 at 10:43 AM
I just moved from Wisconsin to Maryland and I'm having a bit of a problem. I've never heard of this reciprocity thing and I'm wondering if it applies to all states; because on Maryland's Board of Nursing website they list states that they accept CNA license transfers from and Wisconsin is not one of them, it says I have to take their state test. Should I still inquire about the reciprocity forms?

Admin on August 25, 2009 at 12:25 PM
Each state is different when it comes to rules and regulations governing the practice of certified nursing assistants. It is true that Maryland accepts endorsement applications only from individuals certified in ten states: Delaware, Illinois, New York, West Virginia, Florida, Kansas, Oregon, Idaho, Maine, and Virginia. According to the Maryland Board of Nursing, nursing assistants from a state other than the ones listed above, who wish to become certified in Maryland, must complete a board approved 100 hour CNA training program. You should call the state board of nursing and verify that this information is correct.

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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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Nurse Aide Registries

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