Do u need to be a Certified NA???

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    Hi, was wondering if do you need to be a certified nursing assistant working in the hospital?my certificate will expire in 2 months and I just got hired by one of a hospital in my state,im thinking if do I still need to renew or just let it xpire. Thank u!
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    It depends on what state you live in. Some states require it others do not, but many that do not require it will pay you less because you are not certified. Is it very difficult to renew it in your state? If not I wouldn't chance it, but I guess the best thing to do is to ask you employer.
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    Quote from Abigail612
    It depends on what state you live in. Some states require it others do not, but many that do not require it will pay you less because you are not certified. Is it very difficult to renew it in your state? If not I wouldn't chance it, but I guess the best thing to do is to ask you employer.
    Hi, ok I remember when I had my interview in the hospital the nurse mngr.asked me if im certified and I said yes then she goes its good bcoz some dept.needs u to be certified and im a floater right now so maybe I have to renew?im not really sure how to renew a certificate in our state because this will be my 1st time I heard u need to complete 24hr competency evaluation because I never work in facilities, I've been working with agency(homecare) before I got this hospital job so I don't really understand im confused on how to renew my certificate..plz help. Thank u!
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    I'm in NC and the only renewal requirement is that you've worked as a NAI for 8 hours over a 2 year period. In my area, all hospitals require an NA to be certified. The nicer nursing homes and LTC facilities require it as well.
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    What I would do is Google your "state" and "CNA Registery" I would think that there would be something on there explaining it, if not there should be a 1-800-# of some sort for you to get in contact with them. Explain to them your situation and I am sure they can tell you what you ought to do. Also maybe talk with HR or the DON were you work and let them know the situation I am sure they will help you get your 24 hrs competancy exams.
    Where I live CNAs have just started recertifying them selves, all we need is proof that we have worked 8 hrs in the last 2 years and 12 hrs of extended learning or inservices every year. Good luck!
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    Here's my thought....why take the chance? And why limit yourself by not being certified? You probably would be disqualifying yourself for tons of jobs by choosing to let your cert lapse. Get on your state's Board of Nursing website and find out what you need to do. I know in my state, it's a matter of filling out a form stating who employed you and paying the fee.
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    Quote from Abigail612
    What I would do is Google your "state" and "CNA Registery" I would think that there would be something on there explaining it, if not there should be a 1-800-# of some sort for you to get in contact with them. Explain to them your situation and I am sure they can tell you what you ought to do. Also maybe talk with HR or the DON were you work and let them know the situation I am sure they will help you get your 24 hrs competancy exams.
    Where I live CNAs have just started recertifying them selves, all we need is proof that we have worked 8 hrs in the last 2 years and 12 hrs of extended learning or inservices every year. Good luck!
    Yes thats probably what im gonna do,thank u!
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    Quote from duskyjewel
    Here's my thought....why take the chance? And why limit yourself by not being certified? You probably would be disqualifying yourself for tons of jobs by choosing to let your cert lapse. Get on your state's Board of Nursing website and find out what you need to do. I know in my state, it's a matter of filling out a form stating who employed you and paying the fee.
    Ur right im just gonna renew so in the future I won't get in trouble,.so can I renew it anytime now or it has to be renew on october (my xpiration month),thankz
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    In my state you renew it in you expiration month, they usually send us a form (the month before) to fill and a list of what we need to send them with a return prepaid envelope.


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