The times when we are down in the bed with an ailment, whether of a major or minor type, we naturally want to be properly cared for and nursed back to health. Deep inside, every person wants to be independent in doing their own chores rather than relying on somebody else for the same.
But then at times our health has to bear the brunt of many a trauma with the end result being that it deteriorates to such an extent that we are not even left in a position to tend for ourselves. And as much as we might hate to, it is precisely during these times when we require the help of an expert in the field of nursing, or taking care of the sick.
The certified nursing assistant or CNA’s work in this case is of utmost importance for the immense support they can lend to the patient, both in terms of mental as well as physical health. These certified nursing assistants mostly work under a licensed practical nurse, popularly referred to as a LPN, or a registered nurse (RN) and their service towards the sick person goes a long way in him or her recovering fast.
Like in any other domain of work, in order to make sure that these certified nursing assistants are eligible, and in a position to carry on with their service for the ailing, their license or certificate have to go through the process of renewal. But before applying for the recertification procedure, the CNA should ensure that all the criteria for the same have been met. A few of these CNA Recertification requirements would be-
- Ideally the time required for the process of recertification of a CNA certificate to be applied for is two years in most of the states and it has to be done before the last date of the assistant’s birth month. However there are a few differences in this from state to state, though they almost center around two years and this information can easily be collected from the state board of nursing. Crossing this required time frame might result in the person being fined with a sum of money. While at other times, the nursing assistant might require to go through the entire process of essential training as well as the educational part of it all over again if they expect to retain their CNA certificate. This might be a headache of sorts since a little extra caution on the part of the person would have made him or her avoid going through this pain. And this might also be a cause behind many a CNA dropping out of this profession completely for life. This is unfortunate considering the noble intention behind the profession, one in which the need of others is put before one’s own.
- Another CNA Recertification requirement is the duration the CNA has actually put in, in terms of being on the job in a span of the last two years. In this the case with most of the states is that they need a minimum working hours of 150-160 within the previous 24 months. Failure on the part of the nursing assistant to meet this vital criterion might make him or her go through all the above mentioned unpleasant situations. Having to go through the entire process of training all over again would also mean extra expenditure. Hence, what a nursing assistant can do is to work even if it is for part time for a period of two years and somehow make sure that the required number of hours to apply for the process of CNA Recertification has been met. A few such CNAs might just get lucky by being under a state board which does not have stringent methods for the same, and they might just do away with appearing for the test of CNA certification.
- The other important requirement for applying for the process of CNA Recertification is that there has to be a valid document proving that the nursing assistant is a citizen of the United States of America and is in a position to work in the country. The method to submit this type of a document is a necessity with almost all the state boards.
- If a nursing assistant is found guilty of a kind of serious crime and is further found not to have reported that to the state board of nursing, there is every chance that his or her name would be stricken off from the register of the board.
Once a nursing assistant is found fulfilling all these CNA Recertification requirements, he or she can go and apply for the process of recertification of the CNA certificate. All the details regarding the assistant’s personal details have to be filled in the application form, with the section to be filled by the present employer and in cases where one is not currently employed, by the previous employer.
Lastly putting in the date and the signature at the exact places marked, the application has to be mailed to the state board of nursing. All these CNA Recertification requirements are necessary to be met to make sure that the nursing assistant has been presently working and being involved in nursing- a field wherein with the passage of every single day, better and evolved technologies of healing are being introduced with the sole intention to make it easier for the nurses as well as the patients.