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CNA Training in Connecticut

  1. 1. CNA Training in ConnecticutThis article posted at the CNA Certification and Training blog.The state of Connecticut accounts for 2% of overall employment of CNAs in the US. Thegrowing elderly population makes Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) a popular careerchoice, with strong chances of employment and a stable income in the rapidly growing healthcare industry.For anyone who wishes to become a CNA in Connecticut, should must to complete astate-approved training program and pass the competency exams.Connecticut has about 155 approved training programs that meet federal regulations andsupervised by the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The state of Connecticut followingfederal laws stated under Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA-87) runs NurseAide Training and Competency Evaluation Programs (NATCEP) and maintains Nurse AideRegistry.CNA training courses are offered by many high schools, vocational and technical schools,community colleges, adult education program centers, nursing homes, hospitals andrehabilitation centers, as well as in one of the chapters of the American Red Cross CNAprograms. Additional there are facilities that offer classes at night or online to accommodatethose with busy lifestyles.A CNA provide support for doctors and nurses in a health care setting and may perform differentCNA skills such as taking patients vital signs, keeping health records noting changes in apatients condition or behavior, answer questions from family, infection control, administeringmedication, explain prevention methods, and the proper operating and maintaining of medicalequipment. Also, she/he is involved with the patients daily needs depending on the directions ofqualified professional, such as toileting, bathing and grooming, dressing, feeding, keepingrooms clean, preparing beddings, etc.Requirements of CNA Trainings in ConnecticutCurrently, in order to gain entry into any of the approved CNA programs in Connecticut,candidates must be at least 18 years of age; possess a high school diploma or GEDcertification, be in good physical health, and have no criminal record. Also, they should be 1/3
  2. 2. familiar with English language and mathematics, and have a TB test report of last 6 months andimmunizations proof before admission to the program.According to the Connecticut State Department of Health, each of the approved CNA programsmust be comprised with a minimum of 100 hours of training, which covers classroom instructionand clinical practice in a nursing home or clinical setting.Connecticuts CNA training programs combine pharmacology, psychology, anatomy, humanbody mechanics, basic nutrition, information regarding communication skills with patients,resident rights, safety measures, emergency procedures, and infection control. These programsalso include on-site clinical training, which requires students practice under the directsupervision of a licensed medical professional in a field of their choice. During the program thestudents should learn about 25 nursing aid skills, 5 of which would be tested during thecertification examination.As prescribed by federal law, the typical Connecticut CNA program lasts approximately 6 to 12weeks and fee which is to be submitted for admission varies with the type of program. However,you can to pay less than $500, while some demand a fee more than $1000.Connecticut CNA CertificationAll potential CNAs must sit for a certification exam within 24 months of completing the training.In the state of Connecticut, the certification exam is administered by Prometric, and consists oftwo sections. A two-hour written test with 60 multiple-choice questions written in English and aclinical competency exam. Clinical exam involves practical demonstration of 5 competency skillschosen randomly from a set of 25 professional nursing skills under the supervision of trainednurses. The examinees are evaluated on the basis of both these tests.The written test covers topics of classroom instruction like medical terminologies, basic science,physiology and anatomy, human body mechanics, basic nutrition, basic patient care and safety,health and population education, personal hygiene, patients rights, etc.In practical test which mimics a clinical setting, the examinees perform clinical skills such asproviding basic nursing care, clean environment, feeding and administering medication, bathingand grooming, bed making, obtaining vital signs, keeping health charts of the patients, developthe skills of interpersonal communication, etc.If the examinee fails the tests after three tries will need to re-take the training program. Theexamination fee of written exam is $45 and of clinical test is $63. After successfully passing thecertification exam, CNA can be entered into the Connecticut Nurse Aide Registry, it which keepsdatabase of all certified nursing assistants practicing in the state.CNAs must renew their license every 2 years and the state requires at least 8 hours of paidwork as a CNA during the same period, in order to remain active on the Nurse Aide Registry.CNA Employment in ConnecticutThe job outlook for CNAs in Connecticut is very promising as the state experiences an increase 2/3
  3. 3. in elderly population which they need healthcare. Certified nursing assistant can work in some of the healthcare and medical settings such as nursing homes, clinics, hospitals, private health care centers, public health care facilities, mental care facilities, elderly care centers, convalescent homes and long-term care facilities and can anticipate an annual salary around $30,000, but the salary range vary depending on experience, job position, qualifications, place of employment and the type of employer. Connecticut CNA Helpful Links Nursing - American Red Cross American Nurses Association National Association of School Nurses (NASN) National Network of Career Nursing Assistants National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Nurse Aide Employment Outlook 2010-2011 Board of Examiners for Nursing Connecticut Department of Public Health - CNA Training Information Connecticut Nurse Aide Registry Connecticut State Department of Health Connecticut Association of Nursing Students Association of School Nurses of Connecticut (ASNC) Connecticut Nurses Association Connecticut Student Nurses Association (CSNA) Prometric CNA Training in Connecticut 3/3Powered by TCPDF (