Idaho CNA Certification and Licensing
Idaho CNA Program Basics
The state of Idaho requires that all potential certified nursing assistants complete a course that consists of at least 120 hours of instruction. 80 hours of the course must be in the classroom, while the rest of the hours should be spent in a clinical setting, this means that all students will be performing the same duties as a certified aide, under the watchful eye of an RN. At the end of some training programs, especially an in-facility training course, the students may work with a veteran nurse aide on the floor. These students will be providing care for patients or residents. Students should never be left alone while providing this care.
Idaho CNA Examination
At the end of the training, if the trainee has completed all work and hours satisfactorily, they will be allowed to sit for the state examination. This exam has two sections: a written and a clinical. If the student passes the written portion of the examination, they may proceed to the clinical portion where they will perform several duties of a CNA. The examiner chooses the clinical duties. Failure to pass either portion of the test will result in the student re-taking the test on another day. Students may sit for the exam a maximum of three times. If the trainee does not pass the test with three efforts, they must re-take the nurse assistant training.
Idaho CNA Certification Transfer
Idaho allows nursing assistants from other states to transfer their license. The certified nurse assistant must provide proof of their certification from the previous state. The license must be in good standing (no neglect or abuse charges) and the aide must prove they have been employed for pay as a CNA within the past two years. An application must be filed for transferal before the aide can begin work in an Idaho facility.
Idaho CNA Certification Renewal
Renewal of certification works much the same way as with other states in the US. Every two years the aide will receive a notification from the state nursing board or health department. The notification will have all of the paperwork included that the CNA should complete before returning. The aide must prove they have been employed for pay during the past 24 months and some of the form(s) may need to be completed by the current employer of the CNA. If the aide is not working in a facility at the time of renewal and still wishes to keep their certification, they may need to contact their previous employer for completion of the paperwork. A CNA that has not worked for pay in the preceding 24 months may need to retake the CNA training and certification exam.