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CNA Training in Hawaii

  1. 1. CNA Training in HawaiiThis article posted at the CNA Certification and Training blog.As a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the state of Hawaii, you will be given theopportunity to work as a professional nurse in the field of health, considered as a rewardingcareer option as more and more people are looking healthcare services either at home or inhealth care facilities.Therefore, to qualify for CNA jobs in this state, an aspirant must complete a state-approvedCNA program, pass the certification exam successfully and undergo a criminal backgroundcheck conducted by the State Board of Nursing in order to be added to the Hawaii Nurse AideRegistry.The state of Hawaii currently approves around 29 CNA training programs which provide withquality education and offered by community colleges and public schools, vocational schools,medical and health care institutions, the local Red Cross Chapters and online coursesdepending upon the facility that offers the classes.Also, there are some facilities in Hawaii which offer free training in aspirants (eg. nursinghomes), provided that they must work for the same facility after complete their training.CNAs collaborate with other health personnel in nursing facilities, and are involved with the dayto day routine activities of patients depending on the directions of the supervising nurse orphysician. Their duties include taking patients’ vital signs, helping doctors with medicalprocedures, assist patients with their grooming, bathing, dressing, mobility, cleaning up patientrooms, feeding the patients, administration of medications, record keeping, proper operatingand maintaining medical equipment, etc.CNA Training Requirements in Hawaii (HI)Most training institutions accept applicants who possess a high school diploma or GEDcertification, have a TB test report of last 6 months and immunizations proof, as well as cleancriminal record before admission to the program.CNA approved programs in Hawaii are approved and regulated by the Department ofCommerce and Consumers Affairs. CNA training in Hawaii lasts around 6-12 weeks and the feelies between $1000 and $1500. Each program must include 100 hours of training, which broken 1/3
  2. 2. up into 30 hours of classroom instruction and 70 hours of clinical training, though someprograms will cover even more time.Classroom courses include typical topics on: Anatomy and physiology Basic nutrition Communication and interpersonal skills General healthcare Elderly and cognitively impaired patients Emergency procedures Human bodily functions Medical terminology Patient rights Preventive health care measures Professional conduct Safety techniquesClinical instruction allows students to practice what they have learned in the classroom at anursing facility, which should have a qualified medical practitioner or registered nurse assupervisor. Includes the following areas: Caring for dying patients Maintenance of patient environment Measuring height and weight Personal hygiene Proper record keeping Prosthetic and orthodontic materials Providing with medication as per the prescription Recognizing and documenting abnormalities in body functioning Skin care Taking vital signs Transference and positioning of patientsHawaii CNA CertificationIndividuals who complete a state-approved training program, they can to pass the CNAcertification exam to become eligible to be placed in the Hawaii Nurse Aide Registry, in order towork legally as a nursing assistant in the state.The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is in contract with the American RedCross which collectively manage the examination, certification, licensing process, and the NurseAide Registry.The CNA exam for certification and licensing consist of a written test and a clinical exam. Thewritten test is a two-hour test with 70 multiple-choice questions written in English, based ondomains such as: basic nursing skills, basic restorative skills, communication of information, 2/3
  3. 3. resident’s rights, personal care skills, mental health and social service needs. In clinical exam, examinee should to perform 5 randomly selected nursing assistant skills out of a set of 25 competency skills, under the supervision of senior nurses. In state of Hawaii, examination fee of written test is $90 and of clinical test is $150, and each examinee has at least three chances of passing the exam within two years of finishing the program. Upon successful completion of training and the certification examination, candidates name is placed as eligible on the Hawaii Nurse Aide Registry that maintains records of all those who work as CNA in state. Recertification is necessary every two years ($35) and applicant must prove that they have worked as a certified nurse assistant during the past 24 months. CNA Jobs & Salary in Hawaii Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are in high demand due to the aging population in the state, and will have many career opportunities once they have completed the curriculum and the certification exam. The salary range vary depending on experience, job position, qualifications, place of employment and the type of employer. The annual median salary for certified nurse assistants ranges from $22,000 to $31,000 a year. Hospitals are of the facilities where CNAs usually want to work because of the high pay and great benefits such as paid vacations and paid sick days as well as insurance and free continuing education. However, there are other places, such as nursing homes, convalescent homes, long-term care centers, private and public health care facilities, mental care centers, clinics of private practitioners, and home health agencies where a CNA can work. Hawaii CNA Licensing Resources 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 Hawaii State Board of Nursing Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumers Affairs Hawaii Nurse Aide Registry Hawaii Nurses Association Hawaii Student Nurses Association Hawaii State Nurse Aide Licensing Division Hawaii Red Cross CNA Cerficate Program CNA Training in Hawaii 3/3Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)

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