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PCA moving to Asheville!

I will be graduating in May as a Patient Care Assistant in Florida and will be moving to Asheville NC soon after. I will be working for a year to gain residency and then plan to continue my nursing education. I had a few questions that I hope someone can help me out with... :) Do they have "PCAs" in NC or are they considered to be CNA II? Also, concerning reciprocity, do I need to take another exam in NC or just list with the NC boards? Id love to hear from people who work in the area their opinions on various hospitals...

Thank you so much!!

Brena

VickyRN, MSN, DNP, RN

Specializes in Gerontological, cardiac, med-surg, peds.

Welcome to NC, Brena! No, we do not have PCAs in NC - We have NAI and NAIIs instead. For information concerning both:

NAI:

http://facility-services.state.nc.us/flowchrt.htm

NAII:

http://www.ncbon.com/prac-naiirules.asp

I am not sure about reciprocity among states for NAI or NAII. Anyone have any information about this? You can also contact the NCBON to ask about this:

email@ncbon.com

http://www.ncbon.com/Contact-feedback.asp

VickyRN, MSN, DNP, RN

Specializes in Gerontological, cardiac, med-surg, peds.

Just received this news flash concerning NAIs:

Effective July 1, 2006, all individuals seeking listing on the Nurse Aide I Registry, including those in nursing programs, will be required to take a competency test. Under this new system, the State will contract with a single vendor (not yet specified or chosen) to provide state-wide testing services. This vendor will replace all evaluation programs currently approved by the State.

For more information, please contact:

Linda Blain

Administrative Secretary - Education

North Carolina Board of Nursing

PO Box 2129

Raleigh, NC 27602

Phone: 919/782-3211 ext. 238

Fax: 919/781-9461

E-mail: LINDAB@ncbon.com

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