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Continuing Education for Nurses

While a registered nurse that you would find in every hospital has gone through a lengthy education process at a university, obtained a degree, and then passed the national licensing examination, there is no question that it is important to stay up to date with everything. The reality is that medicine changes and advances all the time, which is why it is a very good idea for nurses to continue to study throughout their entire careers.

We are at a time and place in history where everything seems to be moving at warp speed, especially when it comes to technology and the medical field. There are things that are being discovered each and every day, which many nurses will not have learned while they were in school getting their degrees. There are new ways to treat patients, brand new methods of healing illnesses, and it is very important that nurses stay up to date with everything and learn along the way.

This helps them to treat the patients that they see each and every day with a higher level of care and a lot more knowledge. Luckily, just about every hospital knows that this is an important thing and most do everything they possibly can to help nurses to learn new information. There are classes that are available to nurses for free and a lot of nurses are paid to continue their education as they get older and work longer in their careers. Being a nurse is a job that truly calls for continual education, so if you are trying to become a nurse, expect to be studying the medical field throughout your entire career, as this will undoubtedly put you in a greater position to be of the best service to your patients possible. There are also seminars and various other meetings, such as ISDP 2013, that take place to help nurses advance and learn about new things in medicine.

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CNA Requirements

CNA Defined

A certified nurse assistant (CNA) or known in many locations as a nurse aide, provides assistance to the licensed vocational (practical) or registered nurse on duty. A CNA will find employment in an array of healthcare facilities.

CNA Requirements

Each state has their own requirements to becoming a certified nurse assistant. Training hours must be met in each state in order to register for certification.
Breakdown by Hours
All but fourteen states require less than 120 hours of training. These hours also include clinical experience.
•    Alaska
•    Arizona
•    California
•    Florida
•    Idaho
•    Indiana
•    Maine
•    Maryland
•    Michigan
•    Missouri
•    Oregon
•    Virginia
•    West Virginia
•    Wisconsin
A minimum age requirement must be met in every state. Most states require that the applicant to a CNA program be at least 18 and have a high school diploma or general education diploma (GED).

CNA Continuing Education

Continuing education is a great way to expand a knowledge base. Every state has their own requirement in which continuing education, is handled. There are typically three different types of requirements for continuing education for a CNA. They are: in-service education, continuing education, and minimum hours worked. In-service education is offered by hospitals and facilities. An instructor from the facility or one that is hired in will come to the facility to teach pertinent skills and up to date medical information. States that require continuing education will expect that a CNA go to classes provided online or at a college to maintain certification. CNA classes online cost significantly less than those offered at an institution. Some states only require a minimum number of hours to be worked in order to keep a license or certification. The state requirements are broken down as follows:

  1. In-Service Education- This is done at the facility in which, the CNA works.
    •    Alabama
    •    California
    •    Deleware
    •    Florida
    •    Georgia
    •    Illinois
    •    Indiana
    •    Iowa
    •    Kentucky
    •    Massachusetts
    •    Minnesota
    •    Missouri
    •    Nevada
    •    New York
    •    Wyoming
  2. Continuing Education
    •    Alaska
    •    Colorado
    •    New Hampshire
  3. Minimum Hours Worked
    All the other states require that the CNA show proof of hours worked within a 24 month time period.

If you are planning on becoming a CNA or you are currently working as a CNA and are curious about what is required in your state to maintain your license or certification, visit your state’s nursing board website. Most nursing board websites contains pertinent information for certified nursing assistants as well. You can also conduct a simple online search to research CNA requirements for individual states.

 

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