A career as a certified nursing assistant might be a good choice for you if you want to make a difference in the lives of patients in nursing care facilities and other healthcare facilities without needing to invest a lot of time and money on your education. Many individuals use a job as a certified nursing assistant as a starting point for a bigger career in the healthcare industry.
Training Courses and Requirements
You will need to attend a training program that has been certified by the state In order to start on the path to working as a certified nursing assistant in New Hampshire. A nursing assistant in New Hampshire might also be referred to as a licensed nursing assistant. Training programs can be found at long-term care facilities and other nursing care facilities. They are also found at some community colleges, high schools and other schools of higher education.
A training program must have at least 75 hours of total instruction to quality you to become a certified nursing assistant. There are some programs that will have more than the minimum required hours. Some of your time will be spent learning in a classroom and some of your time will be spent with hands on learning in a clinical setting. You will be able to sit for the nursing assistant competency exam for certification after completing a course.
It will be necessary to renew your nursing assistant certification every two years when you are practicing in New Hampshire. During that time you will need to have worked as a nursing assistant or providing nursing related duties. Your certification must be in good standing and you must not have any complaints against you from patients or employers.
Forms will be sent to you a couple months before your renewal is due. All aspects of the form must be completed along with any necessary documents and fees. The forms can also be obtained from the Nursing Aide Registry in New Hampshire. It is also possible to complete the renewal process online by visiting the website for the Registry.
You will need to contact the registry if you have not been employed over the two years and wish to become active again on the Registry. You will need to complete forms and take any other steps as instructed by the Nursing Assistant Registry.
Transfer of Certification
New Hampshire is one of the states that will allow you to apply to transfer an active nursing assistant from another state. You can apply for reciprocity with that state in order to become a certified nursing assistant in New Hampshire. Forms can be obtained by contacting the Registry in the state of New Hampshire. Follow all instructions on the form in order to apply to have your certification transferred to New Hampshire so that you can begin working as a certified nursing assistant.
The full steps for transfer are as follows:
I. Individuals should visit this website to obtain LNA certification forms: http://www.nh.gov/nursing/general/index.html.
2. Answer all questions in their entirety on the application for LNA certification and the background check and certification verification forms.
3. Attach a copy of nursing assistant license or certification from the other state.
4. Complete the nursing assistant certification verification form and send it to the state where you hold a valid CNA certification. They will complete their required section and forward it to the state ofNew Hampshire.
5. Complete the Criminal Record request. The background check will require you to pay $55.25. This amount is payable to “The State of NH-Criminal Records.” The form will include instructions as to where you need to send your fee and all paperwork.
6. Sign and Date your application where indicated.
7. Submit all required documents along with the Initial Application for certification to
New Hampshire Board of Nursing21 S. Fruit St., Ste. 16inConcord,NH03301,
8. Include a check or money order that is made payable to the Treasurer, State of New Hampshirein the amount of $35.