When you enter into a certified nursing assistant program you are taking on a certain amount of responsibility. When you have passed and earned your certification than you will be ready to get a job and do the duties that you have been trained for. Like with any job that you have in the medical field, it is important for the employer to make sure that you understand what is required of you.
This means that you are going to have to continue your CNA training. For some people this means that you are going to have to take more courses a few months or even a few years after you are certified. For others it simply means that the states wants you to have a refresher course to renew an expired license. The requirements are going to be different for different states. Below we have a list of the most popular states and what they require.
In New York you have to complete a clinical skills competency test within the first two years that you pass the program. This test might be oral or written and you have only three tries to pass it. This can only mean that it is not as easy as one might assume so do not underestimate it.
In this state the CNA license is going to expire after two years. During that time you will have to fulfill 48 hours worth of in service training. You must complete 12 hours during the first year so do not put it off until last minute.
Every year a certified nursing assistant must do at least 18 hours of in service training each year. Every two years they must have continuation education in HIV/AIDS, medical record documentation, infection control, patient rights, medical error prevention safety, CPR skills, and domestic violence.
Georgia has actually lowered their demands. Any CNA that is working in a license Medicaid or Medicare facility must continue their education and complete 12 hours each year.
This is going to be one of the most unusual requirements that you have to go through. During the career of a certified nursing assistant you will be required to answer any on the spot written or action examination. They must always know the knowledge in every area of their field and be ready to pass at a moments notice. Any wrong answers will have to be reviewed.