Kansas is the epitome of Midwestern scenery. With its rolling wheat fields, it blends the perfect amount of country charm with big cities. Kansas was settled in a series of stops along the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Today, Wichita is a prime aircraft manufacturing site, and Kansas City is known for meat-packing. CNAs have a great opportunity to grow along with this state as they help care for the 2.9 million residents. CNAs can choose from a variety of jobs requiring all sorts of skills in the 130 hospitals, 25,653 nursing homes or numerous other health care facilities and home health agencies in the “Sunflower State.”
– Capital: Topeka
– Minimum Wage: $7.25
– Number of Hospitals: 130
– Number of Nursing Homes: 25,653
– Total Population: 2,904,021
– Population (ages 45-64): 731,201
– Population (ages 65+): 415,459
– Population (ages 85+): 63,827
– University of Kansas
– Kansas State University
– Bethel College
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment supervises the state’s Certified Nursing Assitant training and testing. All new students without previous health care training are required to attend CNA training. However, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses from Kansas or other states as well as military personnel with health care training can waive training and skip straight to the competency evaluation. In addition, student nurses who have had at least 45 clinical hours may be able to waive training by applying to the Department of Health and Environment.
Kansas requires several more hours than are required by the federal minimum guidelines. Kansas-approved CNA training programs must have at least 90 hours of training altogether, of which 45 hours must be spent in a local health care facility practicing hands-on skills or in a school lab. The clinical training is performed under the direct supervision of a registered nurse.
To be eligible for training, potential students must be able to read and understand English at an eighth-grade level. However, there is no age requirement or need for a high school diploma. Students will also need to have a background check, fingerprinting and a drug test performed, all of which must come back clean. They will need to have a photo ID and two additional photos on file with the state. Finally, they will need to be physically ready for training by having a clean physical examination, an up-to-date immunization record, and a negative tuberculosis screening.
Following successful training, students can apply to the Health Occupations Credentialing department to take the state’s CNA competency evaluation. The test is administered at 32 regional testing sites scattered throughout the state. The fee for testing is $20.
The test is administered in two parts. The first part tests CNA theory knowledge and is performed using a computer. Those who do not speak English as a first language will be allowed to use a bilingual dictionary during the test. The second part tests CNA skills and is performed in front of a nurse aide evaluator.
Students must arrive on time on test day. Those who arrive late will have to reschedule their test and will be charged an additional fee of $20. When students arrive, they should have a photo ID and another method of identification with them. They will also need their social security numbers and their transcripts stating that they successfully passed CNA training.
Both parts must be passed with as score of at least 75 percent before students can be included in the Kansas State Nurse Aide Registry. Those who fail a section will be allowed to take each section a total of three times before they will be required to retrain. Several days after passing, students will be able to check the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Website to determine if they have been added to the state’s Nurse Aide Registry.
Kansas does practice CNA reciprocity with other states provided that the previous state had an equivalent training program. However, Kansas does not waive the certification examination for any reciprocity applicants no matter how long they have worked as CNAs. All reciprocity candidates must apply to take the entire test and will need to send in a fee of $20. CNAs applying for reciprocity will only have one chance to pass both sections of the examination with a score of at least 75 percent or better. Those who fail on the first opportunity will need to attend a Kansas CNA training program. Those who do pass can expect to receive a paper certificate in the mail within three to four weeks.
Kansas CNAs must renew their certifications every two years. To renew, they will need to have worked for pay performing nursing-related tasks at least eight hours in the past 24 months. The Department for Aging and Disability Services will send out renewal notices a few weeks before the expiration date. The date listed on the forms will be one month prior to the actual expiration date to give the Department time to process the paperwork. Those who do not renew in time or who do not work the required hours will have their status become inactive. To reactivate a license, CNAs will need to attend a refresher course or go through a checklist of tasks with a registered nurse.
|University Of Kansas Hospital||3901 Rainbow Boulevard||Kansas City||KS||66160||913-588-5000||Website|
|Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center||1500 SW Tenth Avenue||Topeka||KS||66604||785-354-6000||Website|
|Kansas Medical Center||1124 West 21st Street||Andover||KS||67002||316-300-4000||Website|
|Olathe Medical Center||20333 West 151st Street||Olathe||KS||66061||913-791-4200||Website|
|Allen County Hospital||101 South First Street||Iola||KS||66749||620-365-1000||Website|
|Amg Specialty Hospital-Wichita||8080 East Pawnee Street||Wichita||KS||67207||316-682-0004||Website|
|Anderson County Hospital||421 South Maple||Garnett||KS||66032||785-448-3131||Website|
|Anthony Medical Center||1101 East Spring Street||Anthony||KS||67003||620-842-5111||Not Available|
|Ashland Health Center||709 Oak Street||Ashland||KS||67831||620-635-2241||Website|
|Atchison Hospital||800 Raven Hill Drive||Atchison||KS||66002||913-367-2131||Website|
|Bob Wilson Memorial Grant County Hospital||415 North Main Street||Ulysses||KS||67880||620-356-1266||Website|
|Cheyenne County Hospital||210 West First Street||Saint Francis||KS||67756||785-332-2104||Website|
|Citizens Medical Center||100 East College Drive||Colby||KS||67701||785-462-7511||Website|
|Clara Barton Hospital||250 West Ninth Street||Hoisington||KS||67544||620-653-2114||Website|
|Clay County Medical Center||617 Liberty Street||Clay Center||KS||67432||785-632-2144||Website|
|Cloud County Health Center||1100 Highland Drive||Concordia||KS||66901||785-243-1234||Website|
|Coffey County Hospital||801 North Fourth Street||Burlington||KS||66839||620-364-2121||Website|
|Coffeyville Regional Medical Center||1400 West Fourth||Coffeyville||KS||67337||620-251-1200||Website|
|Comanche County Hospital||202 South Frisco Street||Coldwater||KS||67029||620-582-2144||Website|
|Community Healthcare System||120 West Eighth Street||Onaga||KS||66521||785-889-4272||Website|