Rhode Island CNA Certification and Licensing
Rhode Island CNA Program Basics
Certification to become a nurse aide in Rhode Island is gained by the candidate completing a state approved nurse aide course and then sitting for and passing the CNA final examination. The potential aide must also submit to and pass a criminal background check. A behavior check may also be run if applicable.
Rhode Island CNA Training Requirements
The training curriculums for these programs are 100 hours in length and must be completed within 90 days. All programs have a classroom and a manual skills section in their curriculum, and the manual skills (or clinical) section must be at least 20 hours in length. Most courses exceed this length with clinicals. After a certain amount of hours, depending on the course and the instructor, the students will begin to perfect their skills by working with patients under the supervision of their instructor or an RN.
Rhode Island CNA Certification Reciprocity
Rhode Island does participate in reciprocity with other states, provided that the state's training course for CNAs is 100 hours in length and cover the same topics as Rhode Island. Most states do include the same subjects in their training and many also meet or exceed the 100-hour requirement. Rhode Island covers: infection control, basic nursing, interpersonal communication, patient care, and emergency response. These are only a few of the topics covered within the 100 hour course.
Rhode Island CNA Examination Information
Students may challenge the examination after completing the training course in full. The examination is the same as training- two parts, a written and a manual skills evaluation. As with other states, both sections of the test must be passed before the student can receive certification as a Rhode Island nurse aide and be placed on the Nurse Aide Registry. Certain candidates may petition to avoid the test altogether- CNAs from other states with a certification in good standing, RNs, and LPNs.
Rhode Island CNA Certification Renewal
To renew certification in Rhode Island, a CNA must have a minimum of eight paid working hours in the preceding twenty-four months. Renewal must be completed every two years or the certification will lapse and the aide's registry entry will be changed to 'inactive'. An inactive status will disqualify the aide from working until renewal is completed or the aide retakes the final exam. Some employers may complete the paperwork for renewal if the CNA is an active employee. A previous employer will be needed to provide proof of employment when a CNA has been unemployed for some time and still wishes to retain their certification.