In state of Ohio there are actually less individuals readily available for the required number of job openings, and with the continuous increase of the older populace, the need for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is anticipated to continue in the future years. If you want to begin a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the state, you will need to attend one of the approximately 425 state-approved CNA training programs that are regulated by Ohio Department of Health.
The approved training programs meet the regulations of the Ohio Administrative Code and provisions of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) and offered at community colleges, vocational schools and in healthcare facilities and long-term care facilities.
The programs offered in facilities provide free training for individuals who have agree to work for the employer as CNAs and in exchange receive their training. Also, there are many organizations that help individuals who are unemployed to receive training for free to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Furthermore, you will find online training programs offering CNA training, that they cover only the classroom portion of training. The American Red Cross also provide CNA training courses that are available in a classroom setting as well as online.
CNA Daily Responsibilities
Certified Nursing Assistants are responsible for working closely with doctors and nurses to provide a higher level of care to their patients; they are helping them to daily needs such as bathing, dressing, feeding and transporting. Also maintain patient’s living environment safe and clean, take and record temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure, as well as observe, record and report unusual conditions or behaviors. Also, helps nurses, in controlling infection and in the proper operating and maintaining of medical equipment as well provide emotional support to patients.
The Ohio Department of Health oversees all of the training and education programs for CNA certification and follows guidelines and Federal regulations. These regulations require students to be at least 18 years old, to have high school diploma or GED and to have clean criminal record and health history.
Each student must cover 75 hours of instruction during the CNA training and competency evaluation program (TCEP), which has two sections for trainees. The first section called pre-resident contact component and consists of 16 hours in classroom training, that includes classes on safety procedures, interpersonal and communication skills, patient rights and privacy, as well controlling infections.
The second section called resident contact component, which consists of a combination of classroom hours and clinical hours, includes topics related with personal care, basic restorative services and nursing skills, mental health and social service needs. Note that only during the clinical part of the training, students may come into contact with patients. The enrollment fee can range from $600 to $2000.
Ohio CNA Certification Exam
After completion of the training (TCEP), the candidate must pass from a competency evaluation program (CEP) that regulated by the Ohio State Department of Health Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP), and then be entered into the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry (NAR).
The exam consists of two different parts: a written test consisting of 79 multiple-choice questions, which checks the technical understanding and a clinical test that checks skill levels, in which examinees are asked to perform five selected tasks appropriate to a CNA job and to prove they know the clinical techniques they were trained during the training program.
Each examinee it is important to pass both parts of exam in order to get certified, and will need to re-take the training course if fail the exam three times. Upon completing training and certification test, nursing assistant in Ohio called STNA (State Tested Nursing Assistant).
- The renewal of certification is similar to that of other states. A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) should always be active member on the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry, and the certification must be renewed every two years.
CNA Employment in Ohio
The pay may not be that great at the start but if you need a job with minimal entry requirements and low investment in money and time, then CNA has a promising future in the healthcare field, and employment opportunities are abundant for those who are eager to grow and advance in their careers. CNAs are mostly likely to find jobs in nursing homes, public health organizations, private care centers and in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the many University Hospitals and Mercy Hospitals, Akron City Hospital, and Cleveland Clinic.