Comprehensive guide to CNA training and certification in Rhode Island
Start a new career as a certified nursing assistant
If you enjoy helping people and are interested in the healthcare field, then becoming a certified nursing assistant or CNA just may be the right career fit for you. There are many subtitles that fall under the broad category of CNA; orderlies, patient care technicians, and home-health care aides. As an orderly, you will administer the daily care of patients that are in hospitals. As a patient care technician you will help patients in an assisted-living facility, and lastly as a home-health care aide you will travel to patient’s homes to provide assistance with daily activities and medical treatments.
A CNA’s primary job function is to support the emotional and physical needs of their patients. It is quite a vital role and one that should not be taken lightly. Although quite a bit of the job responsibilities such as feeding, bathing, dressing and recording the vital signs of patients, may not seem as glamorous as other positions in healthcare, CNAs fill a key position because they are the ones who have the most contact with patients and potentially the biggest impact. CNAs are under the direct supervision of nurses and other medical staff, but they do have to use their own judgment quite often.
In the state of Rhode Island, those interested in becoming a certified nursing assistant must complete a state-approved nursing assistant course and pass the final examination that is required in order to obtain certification. The final examination also consists of two parts: a written portion that will test what you learned in the classroom and a manual skills evaluation. A background check is also required.
The training for CNA programs in Rhode Island is 100 hours long and must be completed within three months. Each program requires eighty (80) hours of classroom instruction and twenty (20) hours of clinical experience. The classes are taught by knowledgeable, skilled Registered Nurses (RNs) and often the instructor will exceed the clinical portion of training. Topics covered during classroom instruction are: basic nursing, patient care, emergency response, nutrition, interpersonal and communication skills, and infection control. Also, please note that Rhode Island does participate in a reciprocity program with other states as long as the training is at least 100 hours long and the subject matter taught is similar.
The average salary for a CNA in the state of Rhode Island is about $28,000. However, this can be less or more depending on where you live, your experience level, etc. Unfortunately, there is not much in the way of career advancement as a CNA, that is unless you choose to go back to school for more education and venture into registered nursing (RN) or practical nursing (LPN) or healthcare administration.
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Rhode Island CNA Certification Programs
Browse our list of Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island CNA Certification
1) Graduate from an approved CNA training program
2) Pass the Rhode Island CNA certification exam (must achieve passing score in the multiple choice portion and the clinical skills portion)
3) Pass the Rhode Island CNA exam within 24 months of completing an approved nursing assistant education program
Can I work as a CNA in Rhode Island if I am currently a CNA in another state?
You can apply for a CNA license in Rhode Island by way of reciprocity through the Rhode Island State Board of Nursing. If reciprocity is granted you will then need to apply to have your name added to the Rhode Island nurse aide registry list so that your license can be verified by employers.
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