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In the state of Ohio you will find that they do not use the term CNA. Instead when you are registered in a nursing assistant class you will be referred to as a nursing assistant. Then, once you have completed the class and passed the state examination you will then be referred to as a STNA. The term STNA is an acronym for State Tested Nursing Assistant. This article will tell you everything that you need to know about nurse’s aides in Ohio.
How Do I Become One?
In order to become a nurse’s aide in the state of Ohio you must first complete a state approved training course. These courses are usually offered through nursing schools, community colleges, and sometimes even nursing homes and hospitals. Also, the state of Ohio requires for you to attend a class that lasts for at least seventy five hours. However, if you go through the list that is available through the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry you should have no problems in that department. You can also expect for the hours to be divided. For example, it is normal for 16 of those hours to cover general classroom instructions while the other 59 hours will cover your clinical and lectures.
What Do I Need To Know About the Test?
After completing your state approved training course you will have to take a state approved exam to prove that you have mastered all of the skills that it takes to perform the duties of a STNA. However, everything that you need to know will have been covered in your state approved training course. You can expect for the test to be broken down into two sections. First, you will have the written portion of the exam and then you will have the clinical version.
What Can I Expect After I Have Become A STNA?
After you have become a STNA you will then be able to work in the nursing field as an STNA. Also, you must make sure that you are listed on the nurse’s aide registry because potential employers are going to check and make sure that you are on the list. Also, in order to keep your license active – which will insure that you are able to work as an STNA – you are going to have to renew your license every twenty four months. Once you renew your license the nurse’s aide registry will be updated as well. However, in order to be able to renew your license you will have had to have worked at least several hours – you are free to work more this is just the minimum number of hours required to be able to recertify. If you cannot show verification that you have worked several hours for pay than you will not be able to keep the title STNA.
Nurse Aide Registry: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/io/nurseaide/nurseaide1.aspx
Nurse Aide Registry Requirements: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/io/nurseaide/narequirements.aspx
Nurse Aide Forms: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/forms/formfinder.aspx