A Certified Nursing Assistant or CNA works under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or license practical nurse (LPN), performing basic bedside care to patients. They are directly in contact with patients, carrying out responsibilities such as turning and positioning patients, taking and monitoring of vital signs, and keeping patients clean and comfortable. CNA to patient interaction often involves a delicate process so it only makes sense that proper training and certification are required by law. This is to ensure the best quality of care is provided to patients by highly trained nursing assistants.
CNA Training Course
Attending a CNA training course offered at different institutions is required to get a license. This program may be offered during the day or evening, in an accelerated format or to run for semester long. Day and evening classes are suited for adults who have other priorities to attend to. It usually lasts longer than other options because it is designed to accommodate a student’s need for flexible schedule. Classes for accelerated training program last for 8 hours a day and can be completed in less than a month. CNA training at community colleges can take a whole semester for the student to complete the course. Learn more information at CNAnurse.org.
Undergoing CNA training is essential for nursing assistants who want to gain hands-on experience prior to entering nursing school or starting a long term career. Each state’s licensing board has specific rules set regarding the required number of classroom and clinical hours a student must meet to be qualified for a CNA license. After one successfully completes the CNA training, he or she has to pass a qualifying exam to become a fully certified nursing assistant. After passing the CNA examination, board passers can now contact the Department of Health to apply for their license. Processing can take a while so being prompt in filing is best suggested.
Status of CNA License
When a CNA license is released, it is now considered active for as long as the certified nursing assistant works for at least 8 hours with pay continuous for two years. A certificate is considered inactive if a two year break in employment occurs. In this case, a CNA may challenge the examination to regain active status. A license is deemed expired or no longer valid if a five year break in employment takes place. At this point, the CNA will either need to prove employment or retake the training course again.
Twelve hours of in-service is only required to nursing assistants working in a long term care facility. Other than this facility, less than 12 hours or at least 8 hours for pay will get your license active. Any private duty work is also counted as proof of employment and can work towards keeping your license active. The best way to maintain active status is to serve without ceasing and always with passion.