After CNA Training, a registry card will be given to you. This card offers proof that you have completed the state’s mandated CNA training and that you have passed both the written and skills test. It also shows that your name is now in the registry of your state. This is an important card, and many of your future employers will no doubt ask for this card upon receiving your application.
So, it’s not a good thing if you loose it. Luckily, your card doesn’t have to stay lost. There are several ways in which you can get a duplicate or replacement card.
Getting Your CNA Training Registry Card… Again
Contact your state’s Board of Nursing. They will be able to help you understand what the requirements are in your state regarding registry cards and how you can get a replacement if you lose yours after CNA training. They will most likely give you a full address where you can send your request, so make sure to write it down.
You’ll then be able to write a letter to the Board of Nursing asking for a duplicate or replacement card to replace the one you lost after CNA training. This letter is important, and you have to make sure you identify yourself correctly so you can receive the card. Be sure the letter contains your full name, address, and phone number, but also make sure to provide them with your social security number and nurse aide registry number if you have it.
Do a little detective work to determine if you can request the new card online. This is often a quicker and easier way to request one, but not all states allow for it. Find out if yours does and then fill out an online application. If your state doesn’t, they may still have a PDF that can be downloaded from their website, printed, and mailed.
Keep in mind that while requesting a new replacement card is often free, it isn’t in every state. As of April of 2011, many states now charge up to $25 for a duplicate card if you have lost yours after CNA training. Be sure to attach this money (in the form of a cashier’s check or money order) to the application or letter you send in.
Tips for Getting Your Registry Card After CNA Training
While getting your registry card again after CNA training may not be very difficult, there are some points to remember.
Be patient. It can take up to 8 weeks for the Board of Nursing to get your request, fulfill it, and send your card. It can take even longer if you fail to check beforehand and don’t send the fee required by your state.
When you get your new card after CNA training, take precautions. Make copies and carry a copy with you at all times. Keep the original in a secure location.
If you move, notify the Board if you move within 30 days. If you lose your card after CNA training and have moved, getting a replacement will be more complicated because your address will not be the same. The same can be said if you change you name.
Accidentally lose your registry card? Contact your Board of Nursing to see what you have to do to replace it after CNA training.