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CNA Training in Idaho

  1. 1. CNA Training in IdahoThis article posted at the CNA Certification and Training blog. In Idaho, one of the rapidly growing careers in healthfield is the position of Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in healthcare facilities, with thecurrent growth of people who are using healthcare services, as they need personal servicesespecially the elderly. Therefore, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),increased demand for quality healthcare is expected to create an almost 20 percent increase inavailable jobs in the coming years for certified nursing assistants in the state of Idaho.In order to work as a CNA in the state of Idaho, you will must complete a CNA training which isapproved by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW), thereafter youll need to takeand pass a CNA certification test and your name to added on the Idaho Nurse Aide Registry.Community colleges and vocational schools in Idaho, are the most popular choices for approvedtraining courses, and are designed to give you all the knowledge and experience you need to beable to provide support to medical professionals in a health care setting. Also, there are somehospitals and nursing homes offered their own training programs, as well as several nursingfacilities that provide free CNA training in exchange the candidate to work there for a certainamount of time.Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is responsible for taking patient vital signs, such as recordblood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration, weight and height, noting changes in a patientscondition or behavior, the infection control, as well as the proper operating and maintaining ofmedical equipment. Also, the responsibilities and duties include basic nursing care servicesunder the supervision of qualified professional, such as toileting, bathing and grooming,dressing, feeding, administering medication, keeping rooms clean, preparing beddings, etc.CNA Training Requirements in Idaho (ID)Although requirements differ between facilities, a negative result for TB test within the past 6months and proof of immunizations will be required. You will also be required to show a highschool diploma or GED certification and criminal background checks.The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) is responsible for approving CNA trainingprograms in the state, and all state-approved programs contain 120 hours of training, with 80hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours should be dedicated to clinical practice. The 1/3
  2. 2. courses last for 6 to 12 weeks and require an enrollment fee that may range from $400 to$2000.These courses involve CPR training, lectures, videos, topics such as medical terminology,anatomy and physiology, human body mechanics, communication and interpersonal skills, basicnutrition, grooming and dressing, mobility, infection control, emergency procedures, restorativecare, patients rights, etc. Also, at some healthcare facilities, CNAs are taught to handle andmaintain medical equipment.Idaho CNA CertificationIn state of Idaho, the certification exam is administered by Prometric, and consists of twosections. A two-hour written test with 60 multiple-choice questions that is divided in the followingprincipal categories: Basic nursing care Promotion of safety Promotion of function and health of residents Role of nurse aide Specific care provided to patients with changes in healthAlso, a clinical test involving demonstration of practical nursing skills, that is continuouslysupervised by the course instructors and the RNs. In the skills assessment test, examinees arerequired to demonstrate their ability to perform the tasks they have learned during training, asthey will be asked to perform 5 skills chosen at random from a set of 25 skills. It is mandatory forexaminees to pass both tests separately, and they have a maximum of three chances to passthe competency exam before re-take CNA training.After successfully completing the competency exam, candidates name is placed on the NurseAide Registry which is maintained by the Idaho State Department of Health and was constitutedin accordance to OBRA-87. The Registry plays a vital role in enforcing healthcare laws andregulations, as maintains records all of Certified Nurse Aides (CNA) practicing in the state.CNA Employment in IdahoThe choice to become CNA in Idaho, for some people is a smart move, as be a secure andrewarding career. This is due to the positive employment outlook, as it is expected sustainedgrowth in the field, taking into that more and more people are now living longer and need qualityhealthcare.The CNA salary in Idaho ranges from $18,000 to $24,000, but those who need additionalincome, they can supplement this salary with overtime work.CNAs work in nursing homes, hospitals and other health care facilities across the state,including the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Complex Care Hospital, St. Lukes BoiseMedical Center and St. Lukes Childrens Hospital. 2/3
  3. 3. Important Contacts for Certified Nursing Assistants 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) Nurse Aide Employment Outlook 2010-2011 Idaho State Board of Nursing Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) Idaho Nurse Aide Registry Idaho Nurses Association Idaho Student Nurses Association School Nurse Organization of Idaho (SNOI) Prometric CNA Training in Idaho 3/3Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)

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