Nurse aides care for patients who are injured, infirm or sick. They must be compassionate and skilled to perform their duties effectively. Illinois, like most states, requires new candidates to take a training program and pass an exam to become Certified Nursing Assistants. It also provides reciprocal registration to candidates who have attained certification and experience in other states, such as Indiana. CNAs from Indiana may be listed on the Illinois Health Care Workers Registry within a few weeks of submitting an application.
Out-of-state CNAs who wish to be listed on Illinois’ Health Care Workers Registry must be in good standing with the Indiana Nurse Aide registry. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, this means that a nurse must not have been found guilty of neglect, abuse or theft or had any disciplinary action taken against her. Candidates must also be free of convictions. Any administrative findings and disqualifying convictions will appear on the Indiana Nurse Aide Registry.
The Illinois Health Care Workers Registry provides an application for those who wish to apply for reciprocity. This form is available on the agency’s website or via mail. Applicants must supply information such as their name, Social Security number and the states where they have been certified. Candidates must submit this application along with picture identification, such as a copy of a driver’s license.
Applicants must also submit fingerprints for an FBI background check. Illinois only accepts electronic fingerprints via Livescan. The Department of Public Health sends a Livescan request form to candidates upon receipt of their application. Applicants must take the form to an approved Livescan vendor.
The department uses information from the Indiana Nurse Aide Registry and the results of an applicant’s FBI background check to determine if the applicant is eligible for placement on Illinois’ Health Care Workers Registry. Successful applicants may check the department’s website to view their name on the registry. This is the only proof of registry since Illinois does not issue licenses. Those who are not eligible for reciprocity in Illinois receive a notification via mail.