I'm currently located in Oregon and am thinking about moving up to Washington this summer and becoming a CNA while I apply to nursing schools. I have noticed that in Oregon, to become a CNA you have to take two classes (CNA-1, CNA-2) and in Washington there is only one.
I was wondering if I took my classes in Oregon, would Washington accept them? If someone could let me know, that'd be great!
Worksource Oregon (through the Oregon Employment Department) has opportunities for grants for both CNA1 and CNA under the HOPE Grant which is a partnership between Portland Community College and Worsource Oregon.
This is a link to the application for CNA2:
Article detailing what the grant is all about
PCC awarded $4.8 million in federal grant money to help train health care workers | PCC News
Last edit by traumaRUs on Feb 14, '13
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nursetabitha is correct. While most states including WA will allow you to transfer an Oregon CNA certification, Oregon is quite strict, and will not allow a transfer from other states, but will require you to take their own Oregon CNA certification course. Therefore, it is much better to hold an Oregon license and transfer to a different state, than try to transfer to Oregon from a different state. While guidelines to hold an Oregon CNA are quite strict, their scope of practice is pretty limited, particularly for CNA1, and you will get much more valuable experience and a wider scope of practice in WA through nurse delegated training for particular medical conditions. For example, regarding diabetes, it is NOT within the scope of practice of a CNA1 in Oregon to administer insulin or read blood sugar levels but in WA you may do so upon completion of a diabetes delegation training. Hope this helps!
fastwalkslowtalk is also correct. The Hope Grant through workforce development is an amazing program and will cover all expenses plus give you vouchers for shoes, scrubs, books, a stethiscope, and other materials. It is a 5000 dollar grant and well worth pursuing before it discontinues! Upon completion however, you must get a CNA job within 6 months or you may have to pay the grant back...
Last edit by puauhane on Jul 17, '13