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Continuing Education for CNAs
The educational process doesn't end after you receive your Certified Nursing Assistant Certification. It is required that each CNA complete a mandatory set amount of hours of additional training each year in order to renew their certificate. With this being a requirement to keep your Certification for employment, most employers offer this necessary education and training. However, with rapid turnover and gaps inbetween employment many Certified Nursing Assistants are finding themselves needing their Continuing education units to remain active on the state registry.
Some states require that you are educated on certain topics, while others leave that up to the CNA or the medical facility in which you are employed. Topics can include anything from HIV/Aids infection control, residents rights and medical records requirements. Nursing facilities can also require that Certified Nursing Assistants be trained in specific topics that are relevant to the facility as continuing education.
The number hours needed depends on your state requirements. You can go to your state nurse aide registry to see what the requirements are for your state. Several of the registries will list places that offer continuing education that are accredited with the state.
The medical field is constantly updating and changing. Due mainly to new clinical studies and viable research, so it is essential that Certified Nursing Assistants keep up with the protocols that refer to patient care such as:
- Any New strategies that promote safety for lifting techniques
- Learning important information on using new chemicals as antiseptics and exposure precautions of hazardous chemicals
- New treatments and medical procedures for patients with acute disease and conditions and how to care for them appropriately
- Licensing changes and re-certification protocols that affect your CNA Certification and future career opportunities
- New information from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention that reports on infectious disease outbreaks, infections that affect your patient population and the preventative and reporting measures to keep you and your patients safe
Finding Approved Programs
Other than your employer, there are several medical educational programs that are available today to help the CNA with continuing education. Community colleges and allied health schools in your area may offer this type of ongoing CEUs. You can also find several great online Certified Nursing Assistant CEUs. You just want to make sure that they are approved in your state before enrolling in such programs.
Lifelong learning and continuing education for CNAs is a responsibility that requires a commitment when providing optimal care with the latest changes in nursing home and hospital protocols.