What You Need to Know about the Nurse Aide Registry
The Nurse Aide Registry allows the state of Ohio and potential nursing employers within the state to keep track of who is a certified STNA and whether that certification is current. Being added to the registry is the final step in your quest to train and to pass all of the requirements in order to become a State Tested Nursing Assistant.
What Is the Nurse Aide Registry?
The Nurse Aide Registry is a list of all of the STNA’s in Ohio who have passed their skills and written tests and become certified to be nursing assistants. This list enables the people on it to seek out employment wherever STNA’s are hired in Ohio. There are also provisions for people who are currently working in a healthcare environment and are seeking their STNA certification.
The Grace Period
This provision is called the “grace period.” This is a period of four months during which a long-term care facility hires someone as a nursing aide and that person then applies for and passes the written and skills tests for STNA’s. If that person fails the tests three times, however, the grace period then expires. This can be a stressful way for someone to seek certification, but it’s also a way to apply real world experience as an STNA toward certification.
Staying Eligible for Listing on the Registry
Once an STNA is successfully listed on the Nurse Aide Registry, there are requirements in order to remain on the registry. An STNA must work in a nursing-related environment in an STNA capacity within 24 months after becoming eligible for the registry. That gives an STNA plenty of time to find a job and to begin working. If life changes and the STNA doesn’t work during that time frame in a nursing capacity, their listing on the registry expires.
Reciprocation Across State Lines
The Nurse Aide Registry allows for reciprocity with other states, too. As long as an STNA is in good standing as far as the Ohio registry is aware, that certificate can transfer to other states. Always contact the nursing registry in the new state to make sure that reciprocity is accepted. The same is true for STNAs moving into the state of Ohio, too. Contact the Nurse Aide Registry directly to make sure that you meet the requirements.
The Nurse Aide Registry ensures that employers know you’re certified and it also helps you to make sure that you’re doing what you need to do in order to maintain your certification.
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