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Becoming Certified or Not?


Just got hired on not to long ago as an NA. The hospital that I'm working for is providing all the training and hours needed to become a CNA but we don't actually have to become certified. Is this normal? I don't live in a state were you have to be a CNA before becoming an RN. (I am planning on that route though. It might take me a little longer as I have a full plate as it is. I am determined to become an RN though.) Anyways, do you think I should become certified and licensed with the state and just pay out of pocket? Or will having the work experience suffice any future opportunities that might come my way?

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia.

If you are offered additional free training- TAKE IT!

Never, ever pass up the chance to better yourself at work.

pmabraham, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care.

Good day:

1. Per the PP take the training.

2. If you were to go to a college, votech, etc. that offers CNA training, they don't certify you.

In either case (the hospital, school, etc.) after the training, you have to schedule and then take the certification exam(s).

Personally, if I could afford the exam portion, I would go for it.

Thank you.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

For reasons of accountability and future marketability in your local employment marketplace, it is better to have the state certification than to be uncertified.


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