Certified nursing assistants provide care to patients such as dressing, feeding and bathing. The assistant helps patients walk, makes beds and cleans patient rooms. Certified nursing assistants work under the direction of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse. Nursing assistants may monitor patient’s vital signs and condition to report to the supervising nurse.
CNA Licensure or Registration
A CNA must complete a minimum of 75 hours of training and complete a competency examination to work in the position, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. When a nursing assistant passes the examination after meeting the educational requirements, her name is placed on a registry of CNAs in the state. To continue working in the state, the nursing assistant must maintain registration through continuing education and training.
States require continuing education or training to remain on the state registry of nursing assistants. For example, Florida certified nursing assistants must complete 12 hours of in-service training each year. Employers provide in-service training to assistants to maintain eligibility to work in the state. Nevada requires a nursing assistant to complete 24 hours of continuing education courses to renew the license in the state. Continuing education allows the nursing assistant to remain current in the field.
In addition to in-service training, the state may require the CNA to complete specific courses for renewal. For example, nursing assistants in Florida must complete training hours in domestic violence, HIV/AIDS training, medical records documentation, CPR skills and medical errors prevention. The Florida Certified Nursing Assistants Council requires nursing assistants to complete these courses in a two-year period.
Certified nursing assistants can gain valuable experience working with patients while studying to advance a nursing career, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While advancement in the position as a certified nursing assistant has limits, workers can pursue additional training to advance to a nursing position.