CNA to RNA (Restorative Nursing Assistant)

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    anyone have any info on rna? i'm currently in a cna program and our instructor was talking a little about a rna course they offer, but would require a cna cert. first as i was told. any info for restorative nursing assistant? wages? any info. would be great thanks!
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    The RNA program is the Restorative Nursing Assistant. They work both with the Nursing portion, but mostly with the therapy department. What they do is they work with the patients who are not progressing at a fast enouogh rate to be kept on therapy (OT, OT, ST) according to insurance companies. The goal is for the patient to stay at that level of care. The facilities don't want the patients to drop below the level that they're able to do on their own so they put them in this program. For example, if they can feed themselves but they need some sort of assistance, then they go with the RNA for that. If they can ambulate but at a slower pace and need some sort of supervision, then they go to the RNA for that. The RNA can also assist with patient exercise and they also do ROM with them. I believe it's a great program, the problem is that most of the time the nursing staff forgets that their role is RNA, not CNA and they get pulled to do CNA work if they're short staffed. IMO, RNA should be under Rehab Department and never get pulled to do a CNA job. The reason is that the RNA is dependent by these people on that particular program to keep them at that level that they are at. That is the highest level that they can accomplish, and to lose that would be devestating to the patient. I hope I answered your questions.
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    You can work at a rehab and nursing center and they will have RNA's. I know the place I work at has a couple of them. Also you can apply as a CNA and when a position comes available at the job just apply to work as a RNA.
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    Quote from cheizy
    anyone have any info on rna? i'm currently in a cna program and our instructor was talking a little about a rna course they offer, but would require a cna cert. first as i was told. any info for restorative nursing assistant? wages? any info. would be great thanks!

    great info in the above post!

    in oregon, there is a cna ii certification as restorative aide. (there's also a cna ii specialty of acute care....)

    the link takes you to the curriculum for the cnaii restorative aide...

    good luck
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    I also heard about RNA how long is the program if I want to become an RNA but with the CNA Certification

    thanks
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    I don't know about other states, but in California it's usually a 12 hour (also renewal CEU's) course after CNA, it's very basic. BTW, you would get a couple of more dollars an hour for your RNA. If you're looking for a career in physical or occupational therapy, then I'd say stick with RNA. But, if you're more into the nursing aspect, it's good to have the RNA, but focus isn't on nursing interventions.
    Last edit by NurseCubanitaRN2b on Jul 20, '08
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    in california where can you get that course to become an RNA? Currently I got accepted to LVN program so I'm from california too.
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    *Congratulations*

    I received my RNA from (and I'm not using it) the local adult school. Unfortunately that's the only place where I know they offer it. You might want to ask your CNA instructor (if you're a CNA) where you might be able to find it. Also, if you're currently employed you might want to get in touch with your Director of Staff Development and ask them where you can get the certification. Some facilities will pay for your training. Good Luck! I'm sure if you look up CNA CEU's or something you might be able to find it.
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    thanks everyone for your answers =]

    I talked to my instructor for CNA at my adult school witch offers RNA. It basically is a 9 week course, but only meets once a week. RNA is still "nursing", but you don't have to deal with ADLS etc. other than restoritive care. The pay I have been told is better, and the work is much easier.
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    ^^that sweet, I was thinking about that being an RNA, any one from California SF, where they offer an RNA class? thanks or out of city in California.


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