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Complete CNA certification training in 3 months to become a licensed nursing assistant
Certified nursing assistant (CNA) training in Nevada consists of a mandatory 75 hours of training, 60 hours in the classroom and the balance in a clinical setting. Nevada CNA training requires the minimum number of federal study hours, unlike many other states which require more hours of study than the national minimum. A high school diploma is required to become a nurse aide or psychiatric aide, but is not necessary to become a home health aide. Within four months of obtaining employment, the nursing assistant must pass a competency exam in the state of Nevada.
The competency exam covers nursing fundamentals and must be passed within two years of completing a CNA education training course. The cost of the exam is $120 plus $50 to the state. You are allowed three attempts to pass the CNA certification exam. Each time that you take the exam, you must pay the exam fees. The certification exam takes place in three cities in Nevada: Las Vegas, Elko and Reno. Upon passing the competency exam, you become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and are registered with the Nevada State Board of Nursing.
The specific duties of a CNA are varied. On a daily basis the CNA receives instructions from the Registered Nurse on duty. CNAs work in long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, hospitals, home health care positions and private doctors offices. They bathe patients, transfer patients, help with general hygiene, record blood pressure, measure pulse, respiration, weight and height. They also keep track of some medical records and other paperwork. CNAs can also teach other nursing students how to become certified nursing assistants if they have at least one year of clinical experience.
Becoming a CNA is a great way to test out the nursing field. The education requirements are from 2-6 months of education which have a nominal cost of $0 – $600, compared to the two years of college required to become a registered nurse. By starting your health care career as a CNA you can determine if nursing is the right field for you before you invest a significant amount of time and money in this career.
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Nevada CNA Career Training Schools
Browse our list of Nevada schools that offer CNA training courses to become a certified nursing assistant. Nurse aide programs are usually offered at community colleges, junior colleges, trade schools and technical/vocational schools. Our directory includes as many CNA programs as possible, but is not complete as there may be additional CNA programs that are not listed here. Many long-term care facilities offer CNA training to current employees and trainees. In many cases these programs are not widely advertised, but can be discovered by contacting the facilities directly.
3 Steps to Nevada CNA Certification
1) Graduate from an approved CNA training program
2) Pass the Nevada CNA certification exam (must achieve passing score in the written portion and the clinical skills portion)
3) Pass the Nevada CNA test within 24 months of completing a nurse aide education program
How can I become a CNA in Nevada if I currently hold a CNA license in another state?
You can apply for a Nevada CNA license by way of reciprocity through the Nevada State Board of Nursing. If reciprocity is granted you will then need to request to be included on the Nevada nurse aide registry list so that your license can be verified by potential employers.
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