doing the work of a CNA at a lesser pay - page 4

by grace_lorraine87

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I'm a first year nursing student. I just got a job as a one on one caregiver for seniors. Some of the cases require CNA quality care, which, I've mostly been trained for, but I am in no way certified. Some cases also require... Read More


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    Yes, they give you a number in my state too, and it expires every two years. But that does not mean it is a license. You are certified to have initially gotten the training and later maintained the skills that a CNA has.

    You are not licensed to do anything. It is possible to get those jobs legally without that certification. Someone with years of experience could probably get past HR without the certification. The certification makes it easier and cheaper for employers to hire nurse aides.
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    Quote from adoRNo2015
    OMG! We do have a license under our certifation as as CNA. Unless it is different in Florida where we do have a certification as a CNA and that has a license number. Certifications you don't renew every year, licenses you do. CNA License would renew every 2 years.
    OMG! No you don't! I'm telling you, there's no such thing as a "CNA license".
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    I told OP in a different thread about the differences. CNAs are not licensed, we are certified. There are no legalities involved , no boards to pass. Just a competency exam.

    "No day but today"
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    Stupid question: What's the difference between a PCT and a CNA? I'm curious about their role responsibilities. I know you have to go to a training program and get certified as a CNA, but what about a PCT?

    As for job demands, is there an advantage for one over the other?

    Any info will help - thanks!
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    Quote from Ocarina
    Stupid question: What's the difference between a PCT and a CNA? I'm curious about their role responsibilities. I know you have to go to a training program and get certified as a CNA, but what about a PCT?

    As for job demands, is there an advantage for one over the other?

    Any info will help - thanks!
    At the hospitals in my area, there is no difference in scope. They are all called PCA's at the hospital I work at.

    In some places CNAs are CNAs, and PCTs are CNAs with additional training in phlebotomy and EKG. There is a program for this at a local technical college.


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