I thought they were one and the same; A CNA is a Certified Nurse's Aide/Assistant and a caregiver and a certified caregiver is a CNA, etc, vice versa....
But I have been told that they are two completely different things. That there is a month to six week long course to becoming a CNA and another, separate course that's only 75 hours to become a Certified Caregiver. I have always thought of myself as a Nurse's Assistant/Aide-Registered but am I in fact a Caregiver-Registered? My license says "NAR".
I'm so confused! My superiors have been telling me to "just take the 75 hour certified caregiver course that way you don't have to take any more classes other than continuing Ed ever again and you don't have to be a CNA if you don't want to to work at an Adult Family Home, as long as you're a certified caregiver within 150 days of hire."
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I think if you take the caregiver class you will be a caregiver and a NAR until you complete your NAC class.
Then you will be a CNA and a caregiver.
How did you become a NAR? If the class was for being a nursing assistant than I would assume you are a nursing assistant registered.
I took the 28 hour Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving in December of 2011, then CPR/First Aide, HIV/AIDS Awareness, sent in my application and money to the folks in charge of nursing in Wa state and they sent me a license saying I am a Registered Nursing Assistant and put me as active on the nurses' aide registry.
What I am trying to find out right now is what is the name of the 75 hour Certified Caregiver class? I was told I need to take this class which will also include a section to be completed online and then a prometrics test at the end. I was told that it was being offered this month at a small teaching facility ran by a retired RN and her husband in my town but when I called to ask about registration they had no clue what I was talking about! So, I don't know.
If I had a name for the class I could look it up online and see if any place else near me offers it. I've googled "75 Hour Certified Caregiver Classes In Wa State" but all I get is info on CNA classes! Grr!
I THINK I they are talking about the 75 hour Home Care Aide course!
Last edit by Skayda on Aug 9, '12