What states require only CNA license to work in a hospital?

  1. hi everyone, i am new to this forum and and currently a cna student in nyc. i have a question. in nys, you need to have your
    ekg & phlebotomy certification in order to work in a hospital. does that apply to every state?
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   CNA2day
    I do not think it applies to SD, in fact i know it does not.
  4. by   Cherryrizzo
    Thanks for the response. Do you know if I can look up that information online?
  5. by   donna4909
    In TN, you don't need additional certs either.
  6. by   Penny82
    You don't need any additional certs in CO either.
  7. by   Zalan
    Don`t even need CNA to work in hospitals in Indiana. Requirements are up to the descreation of the hospitals.
  8. by   Cherryrizzo
    Thank you for your responses. Its amazing how each state differs in their rules.
  9. by   Ytellu
    Hello. I am in NYS. You do NOT have to have your CNA to work in a hospital. HOWEVER, most hospitals will ask that you have your CNA so they know you have been taught the basics. You will see on your certificate from the state that it is good for nursing home care and that is what you are "certified" to do. Working in a hospital will not count towards your recertification in two years.

    I had no problem obtaining my CNA then applying and being accepted into a hospital. My employer asked to see my CNA certificate and made copies for my file. My title in the hospital is Nursing Assistant. I understand some hospitals are harder to get into than others and some require that you have a year or so experience in long term care first. Good luck.
  10. by   Cherryrizzo
    How was the board exam? I am nervous about the skills portion.
  11. by   Ytellu
    Everyone gets nervous. You will be given three skills. Remember to pull the privacy screen, watch the bedrails and make sure the bed is lowered and the patient has the call bell and your half way home. It wasn't bad at all. I had pulse and respiration, change of clothes and oral care. Study, practice and you'll be OK. Everyone in my class forgot some minor detail and we all passed.
  12. by   Lordday
    In FL you don't "need" certs, but unless you're going to work in some rural area, good luck finding a hospital job without them.
  13. by   Sally Lou
    In Mass, most of them also want the CPR cert.
  14. by   TalonxGirl
    In Oregon you can't work in a Hospital without having a CNA 2 in Acute Care. The OSBN made it a requirement about 8 years ago that you had to have added certification to your CNA. If you were working in a Hospital at the time they rolled that rule out, you were "grandfathered in", but still had to take the state test. They have pretty high standards here, I think you can work in Nursing Homes with a CNA 1, but it helps to have your CNA 2 in Dementia care (not required though).
    What's funny is, if you work for the Federal Government, you don't have to have your CNA 1 or 2, just have to have had your certification at one time, training and or experience as a caregiver.
    You also have to have your BLS certification to work in any medical setting, Hospital, Nursing home and or VA hospital.

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What states require only CNA license to work in a hospital?