Have you completed your Certified Nursing Assistant/Nurse Aide (CNA) training, sat for and even passed your state's CNA exam, and now want to verify whether your name has been added to your state's Nurse Aide Registry or not? Have you been working as a CNA for some time, but are not sure when you will need to renew your certification? If you answered "yes" to either of the questions, the following information will be of help.
Verifying your CNA certification is quite simple and involves the following steps:
1. Locate Your Nurse Aide Registry’s Contact Information
The first thing you need to do to verify your CNA certification is locate the contact information of your state's Nurse Aide Registry. You can easily do this online by visiting the National Nurse Aide Registry’s website and typing the name of your state into their search feature. This will give you the web address, phone number, and physical address for your state's registry.
2. Contact Your Local Nurse Aide Registry
After you find the contact information for your state's Nurse Aide Registry, check online to see if they allow online verification of CNA certifications. In many cases, you can check the status of your certification online. You will just need your CNA certification number or your first and last name.
3. Visit Your Local Registry
If your state does not offer online verification, you might need to visit your state's Nurse Aide Registry in person. When visiting your registry, make sure that you bring your CNA certification number and a picture ID with you.
It should be noted that even if you do not need to verify your CNA certification, it is a good idea to do so periodically, as this way, you can check whether your information with your state’s Nurse Aide Registry is current or not. It is important that your Nurse Aide Registry has your current address(es) to e/mail your renewal information to you.