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CNA Training in Arkansas

  1. 1. CNA Training in ArkansasThis article posted at the CNA Certification and Training blog.CNA training in Arkansas is a smart career choice as according to the US Bureau of LaborStatistics the growth rate in the healthcare field is expected to rise 22% in the next years instate.As long as you have completed CNA training the and you have passed the CNA certificationexam in Arkansas, you will be able to get a job in nursing homes, clinics, hospitals, privatehealth care centers, public health care facilities, mental care facilities, elderly care centers,convalescent homes and long-term care facilities, and it will also be a good start for those whowould like to pursue a higher position in healthcare.The Office of long Term Care section of the Arkansas Department of Human Services hasapproved many CNA training programs offered by community colleges, nursing schools andmany healthcare facilities and other educational facilities, as well as online CNA programs ordistance learning courses that meet all applicable federal and state regulatory requirements.Also, the local Red Cross chapter in area provides training for those who are wished to work inthe healthcare industry as a certified nursing assistant. Additional, you can find free CNAtraining in Arkansas, through long-term care centers and assisted living nursing homes, whichwill even pay for the certification exam, in exchange the employment for a specified period oftime upon completing training and obtaining a CNA license.As a CNA you will assist in many ways in nursing field, such as with provide support in doctorsand nurses in a health care setting, taking vital signs, keeping health records noting changes ina patients condition or behavior, answer questions from family, infection control, administeringmedication, explain prevention methods, and the proper operating and maintaining of medicalequipment, as well as by providing basic care of patients, toileting, bathing and grooming,dressing, feeding, keeping rooms clean, preparing beddings, always under the supervision of anRN or physician.Requirements of CNA Trainings in ArkansasApplicants for enrolling in an approved CNA training program should be at least 16 years old 1/3
  2. 2. and have a diploma or GED certificate. A clean criminal record is required and a negativeTuberculosis test of last 6 months and immunizations proof is a requirement. Also, must haveminimal learning skills such as simple math calculations, reading, writing, and speaking English.The Office of long Term Care regulates the guidelines and requires that all training programsoffer the federal minimum set of 75 training hours. However, ideally the CNA training mustcomprise of 175 hours, of which 75 hours of classroom instruction and 100 hours of practicaltraining. The courses are designed to prepare candidates for CNA certification exam as well asa career as a nursing assistant in health field.The classroom courses cover all the technical or theoretical aspects of nursing, and includetopics about anatomy and physiology, basic nutrition, general healthcare, emergencyprocedures, patient rights, medical terminology, safety techniques, human bodily functions, etc.The practical training include practicing all the clinical tasks that are to be performed by a CNAin a nursing facility, such as feeding patients, taking vital signs, administering medication,communication and interpersonal skills, personal hygiene, proper record keeping, maintenanceof patient environment, transference and positioning of patients, etc.The typical Arkansas CNA program lasts approximately 6 to 12 weeks and CNA class fee mayrange from $800 to $2000.Arkansas CNA Requirements and CertificationAfter completing the training program, students they have to pass the CNA exam throughPrometric, supervised by Arkansas Department of Human Services.The CNA exam consist of a two-hour written test with 50 multiple-choice questions, based ondomains such as: basic nursing skills, basic restorative skills, communication of information,resident’s rights, personal care skills, mental health and social service needs, and a clinical testlasting about 35 minutes which requires from the examinee to perform five randomly selectednursing skills from a set of 25 skills under the supervision of trained nurses. Both exams areadministered in English, and fee of written exam is $34 and of clinical test is $45. Also,Arkansas Board of Nursing charges an additional fee of $10 for verification of eligibility ofapplicants.Each examinee has maximum three chances of passing the exam within two years of finishingthe program, before re-take CNA training. The candidates who are certified are listed on therecords of Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry along with their personal information, which helps theemployers get relevant required information about their prospective employees. CNA licensesremain valid for 24 months period and need to be renewed through continuing education orexamination in same interval. There is not fee to renew CNA license in state.CNA Employment in ArkansasAs a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in Arkansas, can either be a permanent career, or it 2/3
  3. 3. can be a stepping stone onto other professions in the health field, as many choose to go onto other levels of nursing, including RNs and LPNs. The range of pay for a CNA in Arkansas is from $18,000 to $22,000, but one of the biggest factors that affect the CNA salary is experience. Hospitals are a major source of jobs for CNA’s but there are other opportunities such as nursing homes, clinics, private health care centers, public health care facilities, mental care facilities, elderly care centers, convalescent homes and long-term care facilities and Hospice type organizations. Arkansas CNA Helpful Links Nursing - American Red Cross American Nurses Association National Association of School Nurses (NASN) National Network of Career Nursing Assistants National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Nurse Aide Employment Outlook 2010-2011 Arkansas State Board of Nursing Arkansas Department of Human Services Arkansas Office of long Term Care Arkansas Nurse Aide Registry Arkansas Nursing Students Association Arkansas School Nurses Association Arkansas Nurses Association Prometric CNA Training in Arkansas 3/3Powered by TCPDF (