When you begin working as a CNA after CNA training, everything you do impacts your career, especially if what you do leads to a substantiated complaint or criminal conviction. Depending on the offense, the information is generally noted on the nursing registry for your state and will determine whether or not you are able to continue practicing as a CNA. This information on the registry is known as an annotation. There are two kinds: disqualifying and non-disqualifying annotations.
Annotations After CNA Training
After CNA training, understanding what the two types of annotations are and how they can affect your career is important.
Non-Diqualifying Annotations- These annotations are information located on the registry about criminal convictions that generally do not disqualify you from working as a CNA in your state. Criminal convictions are generally of Class D or Class E crimes, which include any criminal offense for which the maximum punishment is a fine up to $2,000 and/or incarceration for up to a year. These are generally found when you take your criminal background check before CNA training or when you apply for a job as a CNA. In most cases, you’ll still be able to work as a CNA, unless the crime involved a patient in a health care setting.
Disqualifying Annotations- Disqualifying annotations are criminal information located in the registry that prevent you from working as a CNA, even if you have completed CNA training and earned your CNA training certification. These can involve:
- Substantiated complaints of neglect or abuse in a heath care setting
- Substantiated complaints of misappropriation of property in a heath care setting
- Crimes that involves victims that were patients or residents in a health care setting
- Convictions of Class A, B, or C crimes within a certain number of years (generally 10)
- Convictions of sexual assault crimes within a certain number of years (generally 10)
- Convictions of crimes involving misappropriation of property, abuse, or neglect within a certain number of years (generally 10)
How Long do Annotations Stay on Your Record After CNA Training?
The amount of time annotations stay on your record depends on a number of factors you should be aware of before and after you take CNA training.
- Substantiated complaint annotations of misappropriation of property or abuse will be on your record permanently.
- Substantiated complaint annotations of neglect generally stay on your record permanently. There is an exception, however. If the neglect annotation is a one-time offense that resulted from an investigation into a complaint, you can have it removed from your record by petitioning your state board of nursing for its removal. If your petition is accepted, it will be taken off.
- Non-disqualifying annotations of Class D or Class E crimes are removed from your record ten years after your conviction date, unless the crime involved a patient in the health care setting. If this is the case, the annotation will remain on the record permanently.
Following the law and doing your best to take care of your patients after CNA training is important. One wrong move and you could face annotations that could mean the end of your career. Take care to do everything possible to avoid this before and after CNA training.