If you have decided that you want to become a certified nursing assistant in the state of Rhode Island, you will want to know how to become a CNA. You will need to have a good work history and have a criminal record clear of felonies and serious crimes. It will be necessary to attend a training program and then to take the subsequent nursing assistant certification test.
CNA Training Hours and Requirements
You will need to find a training program that has been approved by the Department of State. These training programs will offer at least 100 hours of study. Some of the programs will include even more hours. Prospective Nursing Assistants will need to spend 20 hours or more in a clinical setting. The other hours will be spent in classroom and lab training. Training programs will have a curriculum that will prepare you well for your certification exam and for a career as a nursing assistant.
Training courses will cover a range of topics. You will learn about some basic nursing care services. The course will teach you how to protect a patient’s privacy and rights. You will learn how to prevent the spread of infections. Nursing assistant training programs help you to l earn to communicate well with patients and coworkers. You will learn to develop your nursing assistant skills in order to provide effective and safe care.
Transfer Your CNA Certification To Rhode Island
You can apply to have your nursing assistant certification transferred from another State to Rhode Island as long as your certification is in good standing. You can obtain an application for reciprocity through the Nursing Aide Registry. Complete the form in its entirety and submit it for review to determine if you are eligible to be placed on the Nursing Aide Registry in Rhode Island.
If you completed a training program that spanned at least 100 hours in another state, you might be eligible to waive training in Rhode Island. The same is often true if you are a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse or if you have completed a nursing degree at an accredited university.
The steps for transferring your license are as follows:
- Make certain you graduated from a nursing assistant program in your former state that consisted of at least 100 hours of study. If your training program was any shorter, you will not qualify for certification through reciprocity.
- Contact the Rhode Island Nursing Aide Registry in order to receive an application for reciprocity. You can alternatively download the form from http://www.health.ri.gov/applications/NursingAssistant.pdf
- Verify that your CNA certification is still active in your former state. If your certification has lapsed, it will need to be renewed to be transferred toRhode Island.
- The form will require details and documentation about the training you received to become a nursing assistant in the other state as well as your certification details. You will also need to provide information about your previous employment history as a nursing assistant. This will be done by filling out the interstate verification form(part of the above form) as well as the employer history form(also part of the above form)
- You will need to have an original BCI check from the RI attorney generals office. If positive, reaseons in writing will need to be attached the form.
- Finally, your application needs to be notarized.
- Along with the above, you will need to provide a passport size photo (2x3inches) which has been taken in the recent year.
- Submit your application and any requested fees to the Nursing Aide Registry located inRhode Island. The payment of $40 for the application needs to be paid out to the RI general treasurer.
CNA Certification Renewal
It is necessary to renew your certification every twenty-four months so that you can stay employed as a certified nursing assistant. You should receive paperwork to renew your certification well in advance of your expiration date. Submit this form and any necessary documents and fees well before your certification is set to expire. You will need to prove that you have worked as a nursing assistant at some point over that twenty-four month period in order to easily renew your certification.