Sometimes in life, you start a career that you love, only to find out that you have to move. If you’ve taken CNA training, you probably already know that in order to be employed as a CNA, you have to have a certification specific to the state you’re working in. So, does that mean if you’re moving to Nevada from a different state that you have to take CNA training all over again?
Not necessarily. There is a process called reciprocity that you can take advantage when you move to Nevada. By filling out the right forms, providing the correct information, and proving your credentials, you may be able to actually transfer your certification from one state to another without having to go through CNA training again.
Reciprocity for Your CNA Training Certification: First Steps
In Nevada, the steps for reciprocity are pretty detailed. Your first step, if you want to avoid having to retake CNA training, should be to visit the Nevada State Board of Nursing website. Here you will find the forms you need to print and fill out in order to begin the reciprocity process. If you want, you can also look up their phone number and call them. They will be able to mail you the applications or fax them to you if you do not have access to a printer.
Once you have the application, here are the steps you need to take.
- You will need to be fingerprinted before you can send back your application to the State Board of Nursing. To get this done, visit a Nevada LiveScan center, a center recommended by the nursing board. If you would rather visit your local police station or another center for the fingerprints, just submit two cards with the Fingerprint Submission Form.
- Locate the Application for Initial CNA Training Certification Form. You’ll need to fill out sections one through four and sign it.
- Make a copy of your current certification (the one from your former state.) Make sure it shows the date that it is set to expire.
- Make a copy of the certification you received when you finished your CNA training. This item does not say that you are a CNA, but it does say you have completed all of the required hours of CNA training.
- Make a copy of your examination results, both written and skills.
- Provide proof that you have worked as a CNA for at least two hours in the last year. You can include a W2 form, a paycheck stub, or even a letter from a former employer.
- Gather all of these documents together, along with your application fee, (this is non-refundable,) and send them to the Nevada State Board of Nursing.
- Obtain and complete the Endorsement Form for Certified Nursing Assistant. You’ll need to complete this form for every state that you have received certification and send the form to each state’s board of nursing. Call first, however, to make sure there are no special requirements you need to be aware of, like additional forms you may need to sign or fees.
Obtaining Your CNA Training Certification in Nevada
After you’ve sent off the form, you’ll simply need to wait to see if your request has been approved. If it isn’t, you may have to take CNA training again. However, you will most likely be approved if you have worked as a CNA during the last two years, include all the proper documents, and completed at least 75 hours of CNA training.