Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) aid the registered nurses and physicians in providing care to the elderly or disabled patients at a hospital or long-term care set up. Certified nursing assistants know that experience, training and the ability to make quick decisions shall help them in succeeding in this profession.
It is essential that the certified nursing assistants on completion of their training courses acquire accreditation from the licensing board in their state. Without which the students will not be eligible to work in their state. In case, a certified nursing assistant would like to work in Texas then, prior to hiring the CNA the Texas CNA registry is to be checked.
The State of Texas preserves a registry of all the certified nursing assistants that are certified to offer services in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities that are licensed by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). The Texas CNA registry is quite essential.
Nursing Facility Administrator (NFA) Licensing Branch (512-438-2050) conducts the Nurse Aide registration (certification) activities. The Nurse Aide registration (certification) activities conducted include:
• Supervising and approval of nurse aide training and competency evaluation programs (NATCEPs); and
• Issuance and continuance of nurse aide registrations which compromise of oversight of nurse aide testing development and administration.
Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services evaluate and examine the allegations of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of resident property by nurse aides. In case there is a occasion of an alleged act of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation then, the nurse aide can ask for both an informal reconsideration and a formal hearing prior to the finding been placed on the registry.
All the Department of Aging and Disability Services regulated facilities and agencies are supposed to examine both the Nurse Aide Registry and the Employee Misconduct Registry prior to hiring an individual. This is done so that it can be determined whether the person is listed in their registry as either having committed an act of abuse, neglect, exploitation, misappropriation, or misconduct against a inhabitant or customer and is, therefore, not employed.
There are presently three methods available by which such a search can be carried out. They are as follows:
1. Calling the toll free number of Department of Aging and Disability Services. The toll-free number is 1-800-452-3934;
2. The Sanctions Database of Department of Aging and Disability Services can be searched. The database can be checked at http://www.dads.state.tx.us/providers/NF/credentialing/sanctions/
3. Department of Aging and Disability Services Employability Status can be searched at http://www.dads.state.tx.us/providers/employability/esearch.cfm
The address of the Texas CNA registry is as follows:-
TX Dept. of Aging & Disability Services
Licensing & Credentialing
PO Box 149030, MC W-240
Austin, TX 78714-9030
Phone: (512) 231-5829
FAX: (512) 231-5858
Verification: (800) 452-3934 or http://www.asisvcs.com/indhome.asp?CPCat=0644NURSE