Will I Need Ongoing CNA Training After Licensing?

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CNA training was hard enough and usually the last thing that a recent graduate wants is to think about is more training. However, every state currently requires some level of annual training for re-certification. These are in the form of continuing education hours, also known as Continuing Education Units, or CEU’s, and each state is allowed to decide how many are required in order to be re-certified each year. When the original test is taken, the person from the state who is administering the test should be able to let everyone know how many hours that state requires for the re-certification. In addition, the school, teacher and facility where employment is eventually obtained will also have that information.

Are CEU’s Like The Classroom Portion of the Original CNA Training?

Some of the CEU’s bear very little resemblance to the basics learned in CNA training while others serve as refresher courses. Many of the classes are on side topics designed to expand the CNA training graduate’s foundation, making him or her even more useful on the job.

For example, a CNA training graduate who has gone on to work in a Hospice facility would find a class on dealing with death and dying much more useful than one on infant care, –obvious, I know, but the point is that there will be CEU’s available for you to choose from that will be directly related to your current career.

Some of the CEU classes are mandatory. These would include universal topics such as:

  •  HIPPA Laws and how they affect the patients, their families and caregivers
  •  New information, or re-teaching aspects that relate to hygiene and new practices
  •  Infectious disease information
  •  Concepts that have been developed to encourage better patient care
  • Privacy Rights of the patients

Who is Responsible for the Cost of the Annual CNA Training for CEU’s?

Determining which party will pay for the CEU’s is actually something of a debate. Technically, almost every area mandates that it is the responsibility of the CNA training graduate to pay those fees.

However, if CNA’s don’t earn them (often due to the expense involved), they cannot continue to work. Without the appropriate CEU’s each year, a CNA is not eligible for certification renewal and employers know that. Therefore, many employers are willing to provide the training to their staff at no charge. In fact, many facilities not only pay for the necessary training, but pay their staff for the time they are in class. This may be a good point to discuss at an employment interview, particularly if the possibility of multiple job offers occurs.

The skills of a CNA training graduate will have a significant impact on the patient level of quality care. It is important to remember that new information is being discovered every day and it is always a good idea to stay up to date on new developments. Being willing to receive all necessary knowledge is the sign of a great CNA training graduate, and employers notice details like that.

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