CNA stands for certified nursing aide, these are also known as nursing assistants. Typically they work in residential homes or healthcare facilities, taking care of the elderly or infirm. You will need a high school diploma in order to seek in CNA certification in Rhode Island.
If you are interested in becoming a CNA you must complete a state approved training course followed by a competency exam. The training is on average 100 hours with a classroom component, and approximately 20 hours of clinical training under the supervision of a certified clinical trainer. In the classroom topics such as anatomy, patients’ rights, emergency procedures, infection control are taught.
CNA training courses can be found in community colleges and many healthcare facilities. Some healthcare facilities or residential care homes may provide free training in return for a commitment to work at the institution once certified.
Following successful completion of a training course, CNA certification in Rhode Island requires all trainees take a competency test. This has two parts, a written and practical. The written test is multiple choice and the practical requires candidates to demonstrate their ability to complete necessary practical tasks. Candidates must pass both parts of the exam in order to become a CNA. In addition to this exam, candidates must pass a criminal background check.
If you are already a CNA in another state with a proven track record of employment, it is possible to petition the department of human services to skip the above requirements.
Being a CNA is a demanding job that requires patience, empathy, excellent communication skills and the willingness to do repetitive tasks. However CNA certification in Rhode Island is an excellent start to a career in healthcare and it is probable that there will plenty of work in this area for years to come.