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Okay, I am currently a resident of AZ but I want to go back to my home state and get my CNA which will only take me a week to complete and then come back to AZ and work here as a CNA. Well, according to AZ Board of Nursing in order to transfer the license from the other state I have to get my certification AND work an extra 80 hours. So I'm wondering if I could come back to AZ and work a week and then apply to get my AZ license. Sorry sounds confusing.

MY QUESTION is: Do hospitals etc. in AZ hire CNA's with licenses in other states or do they require an AZ license?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!

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Hoozdo has 15 years experience as a ADN and specializes in ICU, Research, Corrections.

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I know nurses from other states need an AZ license, so would a CNA probably. If you work at a federal facility, such as an Indian reservation or VA, any state license works.

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boomerfriend has 3 years experience and specializes in Pediatric ICU.

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You might want to check out the AZ Board of Nursing for answers. They are at http://www.azbn.gov now.

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So far what you say is correct. Although, when my mom went to Utah to get her training and license she could get reciprocity here but needed someone to say, on her behalf, that she has worked as a CNA before. I'm not really sure what that means other than it get someone to vouch for you that you have the skills neccesary to do the job. But, if now they require you to work for a certain number of hours, then that should only take you a few weeks right? What is it that you are questioning?

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Sounds like you're going about it the hard way. Why not just get your training and certificate in AZ to begin with if you're planning on coming back to AZ?

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Sounds like you're going about it the hard way. Why not just get your training and certificate in AZ to begin with if you're planning on coming back to AZ?

Because the CNA courses here are a semester long and I can go to another state and do it in one week (full time). I would like to get this done asap because due to financial circumstances I need to start working and this would be good experience.

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So far what you say is correct. Although, when my mom went to Utah to get her training and license she could get reciprocity here but needed someone to say, on her behalf, that she has worked as a CNA before. I'm not really sure what that means other than it get someone to vouch for you that you have the skills neccesary to do the job. But, if now they require you to work for a certain number of hours, then that should only take you a few weeks right? What is it that you are questioning?

I want to know if company's here in AZ hire CNA's with out of state licenses so that I can work my 80 hours. Thanks!

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Years ago, CA used to give NAs 4 months to get into a CNA program (or graduate from one) before they could no longer work. The best thing to do is to call the AZ CNA licensing authority or a potential employer with your question. Sounds very inconvenient to me. I'm sure that a person can learn a lot from taking a semester long course but most people go the short route because they need to work as a CNA. My CNA course was 12 weeks long, through the adult school. There weren't any week long courses, or I'd have taken one. Good luck.

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