If you have decided to become a certified nursing assistant in Vermont, you should be able to earn between $25, 000 and $32,000 per year. Your income will depend on the location where you work and your years of experience. It is possible to complete most nursing assistant training programs within a few weeks time and for just a few hundred dollars.
Training Hours and Requirements
The federal government requires that certified nursing assistant training programs must be at least 75 hours in length. Some training programs in Vermont cover 100 hours or more of training. The curriculum for training programs in Vermont is set by the Board of Nursing in Vermont. If you want to be eligible to sit for the certification test in Vermont, you will need to attend a course that has been approved by the Board of Nursing.
Training courses will offer both classroom and practical (clinical) instruction. You will learn the skills you need to work well as a certified nursing assistant. The class should prepare you well to communicate with patients and other staff members. You should also be prepared to provide safe and effective care for your patients. If you pay close attention during your course and ask for help when needed, you should do well on the certification exam. You must pass the skills and written portion of the test before you can become certified.
Nursing Assistant Renewal
It is necessary to renew your certification every two years when working as a CNA. You can renew your license as long as you are still listed as a nursing assistant in good standing on the registry. You also will need to have worked for at least 400 hours during the two-year period. Complete the form for renewal and send any necessary documents to the address provided. You can also check to see if you can renew your certification online.
You will need to take the nursing assistant certification exam again if you have allowed your license to lapse as a result of not working for the minimum required hours.
Transfer Your Nursing Assistant License to Vermont Via Reciprocity
You can apply to have your certification accepted in Vermont if you hold a current certification in another state. The Board of Nursing will provide you with an application for reciprocity. They will determine if you meet the requirements to have your nursing assistant certification transferred to the state of Vermont.
Exact Steps For Transfer
- Obtain the application for reciprocity here: http://vtprofessionals.org/opr1/nurses/nursing_assistant_forms/NU_LNA_Endorsement_Application.pdf
- Read over the instructions carefully.
- Complete all sections of the application packet.
- Fill out the section allowing a release of a state background check.
- Complete the details to apply for a temporary certification. Include a copy of your Photo ID as well as a copy of your CNA certification from the state where you are certified.
- Write a check or money order to cover the $20 cost of your application. This check or money order must be made out to the “Office of the Secretary of State.” Include this payment with your application.
- Sign all required sections of your application.
- Include all paperwork in an envelope with your application.