Losing Your CNA Certification

After working hard in CNA training programs, you do not want to lose your certification. Many CNA programs are $10,000 or more for the full college education, training, and job placement. With this type of investment you should take care not to lose your certification or to have it revoked. If you lose the certification card your state registry of nurses should have a copy for you to obtain. However, if your certification is revoked you will no longer be able to work as a CNA.

There are certain issues that can cause your certification to be revoked:

Failure to follow HIPPA regulations could get your certification cancelled. HIPPA is a privacy act that could mean you have let private information slip out. The least amount of damage from this would be job loss; however, depending on the case you could also lose your certification.

Any breaking of health regulations can be cause for job termination and loss of certification. The state and federal government take CNAs positions very seriously because they must offer a standard of care. Breaking the standards of care, if you are proven at fault, can lead to revocation.

Elderly or patient abuse will result in a loss of certification.

At any time you are a subject of a criminal or civil case your certification will be called into question, and most likely terminated.

If you lie on your entry form to become a CNA it can result in a termination of your certification. For instance, if you have a criminal record and lie about it this could result in a loss of certification.

Each state is different, but in general if you have or become convicted of a crime you will lose certification- even if it is something like a DUI.

A lapse in employment as a CNA can lead to a loss of certification.

If you have been unemployed in this industry for more than five years the state or employment you seek may require you to obtain new certification. The good news is if you retake the exam and pass you can be recertified. Most lapses in work do not require you to retake the entire certified nurse assistant program again. Your state can tell you how long you can be away from work as a CNA before needing to retake the exam.

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