Known for bayous, Cajun food and jazz music, Louisiana is one of the most fun Southeastern states to visit. However, it is even more exciting for the 4.6 million residents who get to enjoy the warm climate, the coastal geography, and the amazing entertainment scene. While Baton Rouge is the capital, the best-known city is New Orleans, located by the Mississippi River delta and the Gulf of Mexico. While the city has been devastated by natural disasters in the past, it always rebounds with vitality. Many of the state’s 122 hospitals and 35,000 nursing homes are located here, and CNAs can find numerous job openings throughout the state.
– Capital: Baton Rouge
– Minimum Wage: $7.25
– Number of Hospitals: 122
– Number of Nursing Homes: 35,189
– Total Population: 4,649,676
– Population (ages 45-64): 1,201,120
– Population (ages 65+): 632,894
– Population (ages 85+): 74,426
– Tulane University
– Louisiana State University
– Louisiana Tech University
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals regulates the state’s CNA training programs and competency evaluations. Many training programs are held at state vocational schools and often offer the competency evaluation on site immediately after training. However, other students may be required to go to a different facility for testing following training.
The most direct path to becoming a CNA in Louisiana is to enroll in a training program. The state’s training programs must have at least 80 hours, of which 40 hours must be spent providing hands-on care in local nursing facilities. However, some individuals may waive training if they have completed similar health care training via a different route. For example, nursing students who have completed a basic nursing class and a certain number of clinical hours may waive training. This is also true for foreign nurses and graduate nurses who are waiting to take boards and for military personnel with health care training.
Students must meet several qualifications before enrolling in CNA training and particularly before applying to take the competency evaluation. Students will need to be at least 18 years old but do not have to have completed high school. However, some schools will administer pre-enrollment reading assessments to those who do not have a diploma. In addition, students must have a clean background check, two forms of state identification, two fingerprint cards on file, up-to-date immunizations and negative tuberculosis tests. They will also need to have a doctor’s physical completed.
Louisiana CNA students will be required to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program through Pearson VUE to receive their certifications. The test is taken in two parts, which must both be performed on the same day initially. Testing fees vary based on location.
The first part of the examination is the written knowledge test, which may also be taken orally by those who speak English as a second language or who have difficulty reading English. Those who want to take the oral version will need to indicate this on their applications. This section is completed with pencil and paper or with an MP3 player in the case of the oral version. Students will have two hours to complete 70 multiple-choice questions or 60 multiple-choice questions plus ten reading comprehension questions in the case of the oral examination.
During the skills examination, students will be assigned four random CNA skills to perform in front of a Nurse Aide Evaluator in addition to hand washing. They will have 25 minutes to complete all of the skills and must complete all critical steps perfectly.
Most students will learn whether they have passed or failed on test day. Those who fail will need to retake only the section that they failed. Students have up to three test times or 24 months to complete the test successfully. Those who do not pass in this time will need to retrain. Those who do pass will have their names submitted to the Louisiana Nurse Aide Registry.
Louisiana has a very simple process for reciprocity for CNAs from other states who are moving to Louisiana. CNAs will need to fill out the reciprocity form and include their social security numbers, prior certification numbers, former places of employment and the address of the previous state’s registry. Louisiana will verify the CNA’s certification with the prior state before adding the CNA to the Louisiana registry. Louisiana does not require a fee for this process, but other states may charge a verification fee. CNAs must have active and valid licenses with their former states and must be in good standing with their registries with no accusations of patient abuse, neglect or maltreatment.
Louisiana CNAs must renew their certifications every 24 months. The state sends out renewal notices approximately three months prior to expiration. In order to renew, CNAs need be in excellent standing with the state with no charges of patient abuse, maltreatment or neglect. In addition, they must work at least eight hours for pay every two years performing nursing-related duties. Hours worked in adult day cares and intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled may not count toward these eight hours. CNAs who do not work the required hours must retrain and retest for recertification. Those who have the work hours but have not reported the work hours in time must submit a Verification of Work History for Nurse Aides form. Renewal is free.
|Ochsner Medical Center||1514 Jefferson Highway||New Orleans||LA||70121||504-842-3000||Website|
|Our Lady Of Lake Regional Medical Center||5000 Hennessy Boulevard||Baton Rouge||LA||70808||225-765-6565||Website|
|East Jefferson General Hospital||4200 Houma Boulevard||Metairie||LA||70006||504-454-4000||Website|
|Christus Health Shreveport-Bossier||One St Mary Place||Shreveport||LA||71101||318-681-4500||Website|
|St. Francis Medical Center||309 Jackson Street||Monroe||LA||71201||318-966-4000||Website|
|Willis-Knighton Medical Center||2600 Greenwood Road||Shreveport||LA||71103||318-212-4600||Website|
|Abbeville General Hospital||118 North Hospital Drive||Abbeville||LA||70510||337-893-5466||Website|
|Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital||1310 West Seventh Street||Kaplan||LA||70548||337-643-8300||Website|
|Acadia Optima Hospital||1131 Rue De Belier||Lafayette||LA||70506||337-991-0571||Website|
|Acadia-St. Landry Hospital||810 South Broadway Street||Church Point||LA||70525||337-684-5435||Website|
|Acadia Vermilion Hospital||2520 North University Avenue||Lafayette||LA||70507||337-234-5614||Website|
|Alexandria Veterans Affairs Health Care System||2495 Shreveport Highway, 71 N||Pineville||LA||71360||318-473-0010||Website|
|Allegiance Health Center Of Ruston||1401 Ezelle Street||Ruston||LA||71270||318-255-8085||Website|
|Allen Parish Hospital||108 Sixth Avenue||Kinder||LA||70648||337-738-2527||Website|
|American Legion Hospital||1305 Crowley Rayne Highway||Crowley||LA||70526||337-783-3222||Website|
|Amg Specialty Hospital-Denham Springs||8375 Florida Boulevard||Denham Springs||LA||70726||225-665-2664||Website|
|Amg Specialty Hospital-Feliciana||9725 Grace Lane||Clinton||LA||70722||225-683-1600||Website|
|Amg Specialty Hospital-Houma||629 Dunn Street||Houma||LA||70360||985-274-0001||Not Available|
|Amg Specialty Hospital-Lafayette||310 Youngsville Highway||Lafayette||LA||70508||337-839-9880||Website|
|Amg Specialty Hospital-Slidell||1400 Lindberg Drive||Slidell||LA||70458||985-326-0440||Website|