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Located just east of California, Nevada is a large state characterized by desert-like conditions in the east and mountainous regions in the west. In fact, the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is a major part of this state. Other key features include the Hoover Dam and the Colorado River. However, perhaps the most recognizable part of Nevada is the Las Vegas Strip. Known for 24-hour casinos, eclectic shows and sumptuous dining, Las Vegas is the party capital of the U.S. However; it is also a major city for businesses and health care. CNAs have a primary role in caring for the 2.8 million residents of Nevada and especially for the 14 percent of residents who are over the age of 65.

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About Nevada

– Capital: Carson City
– Minimum Wage: $8.25
– Number of Hospitals: 38
– Number of Nursing Homes: 5,979


– Total Population: 2,839,099
– Population (ages 45-64): 729,406
– Population (ages 65+): 401,847
– Population (ages 85+): 37,764

Top Colleges & Unversities

– University of Nevada, Reno
– University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Nevada follows OBRA requirements as well as minimum federal standards for its CNA training. Students must complete at least 75 hours of training before applying to take the competency evaluation. At least 15 hours must be spent in an actual health care setting practicing CNA skills on patients under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse. Nursing students who have completed a Fundamentals of Nursing course are allowed to waive training and instead take only the competency evaluation. Also, medics and foreign nurses can apply for waivers.

The Nevada State Board of Nursing oversees and regulates CNA training, testing and registering. The state allows individuals to work up to 120 days as non-certified nursing assistants while undertaking an approved training course and testing. This period cannot be prolonged for any reason.

CNA students here must be at least 17 years old but do not have to have high school diplomas. However, a high school diploma is often needed for CNAs to apply for further education. Some training programs may require new students to take basic competency assessments before training to determine students’ reading and math skills.

Students must have fingerprints taken for the state and federal criminal background checks. They must also prove that they are healthy with complete physicals, negative tuberculosis tests and complete MMR, varicella and hepatitis B immunizations. They must be able to spend hours on their feet and be able to lift at least 40 pounds without assistance.

The Nevada Board of Nursing uses Prometric to administer both parts of its CNA competency evaluation. Before taking the examination, students will need to fill out the application, send in an application fee of $50 and send in proof of completing a state-approved training program. Students should receive authorization to test within three weeks of applying. They will need to pass both parts of the competency evaluation within one year of training completion to avoid having to retrain.

Prometric administers both knowledge and a skills examination. Both must be completed on the same day initially. The fee to take both sections is $120 when taken through the College of Southern Nevada and Truckee Meadows Community College or $90 when taken through Great Basin College.

Students will first take the knowledge examination, which tests CNA theory in a written format. Students with documented disabilities can request an oral version of this test before test day. This test has 60 multiple-choice questions that must be answered in 90 minutes or less.

Next, students will take the skills test in front of a Nurse Aide Evaluator. They will be required to perform five randomly chosen CNA skills on a volunteer actor and will be given 31 to 40 minutes to complete this section based on the skills that are chosen. Students will learn their test results before leaving the testing center. Students can take each test section up to three times before being required to retrain.

CNAs who are moving to Nevada from another state can apply for endorsement to transfer their certifications to Nevada. Nevada accepts most applicants who are coming from states that subscribe to OBRA ’87. However, Nevada does sometimes require applicants to retrain and retest. To apply for endorsement, CNAs should fill out the application form and send it in with copies of their prior certifications, proofs of completing CNA training and proofs of working at least eight hours in the past 24 months. This could be in the form of a pay stub, W-2 or employer letter. Individuals will also need to send in $50 for fingerprinting, which is performed as part of a criminal background check. Other than fingerprinting fees, the endorsement is free.

Nevada CNAs must renew their certifications every two years. To be eligible for renewal, individuals must have worked for pay performing CNA-related tasks for at least 40 hours in the past 24 months. Volunteer hours will not count for this total. Also, they must have completed at least 24 hours of in-services or continuing education in this same period. They must not have been charged of a felony or have been placed on the abuse registry for patient abuse, neglect or maltreatment. Those who have not completed the necessary hours will be required to retrain or retest before being given an active license again; they must also resubmit to fingerprinting. Renewals can be sent in through the mail or completed online. Renewal costs $50.

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Nevada State Board of Nursing
Las Vegas Office
4220 S. Maryland Pkwy., Building B, Suite 300
Las Vegas, NV 89119-7533
Phone: (702) 486-5800
Fax: (702) 486-5803
Email: [email protected]

Employment Information for Nevada

Average Salary for CNAs in NV

While the income per capita in Nevada is $26,589, CNAs make well over this at an average of $33,000 per year or $15.86 per hour. In fact, because Nevada has a shortage of qualified CNAs, compensation for CNAs is the fourth highest when compared to all other states. Beginning CNAs may make less than this; as CNAs gain experience, their pay rates quickly increase.

Job Outlook in NV

CNAs are in high demand because of the increasing age of many of the state’s residents as well as the fact that nearly 70 percent of CNAs go on for further nursing education, leaving jobs vacant. There are currently 5,070 CNA opportunities in Nevada in many of the 38 hospitals and 5,979 nursing homes.

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Top Hospitals in Nevada
Hospital NameAddressCityStateZipPhoneWebsite
Banner Churchill Community Hospital801 East Williams AvenueFallonNV89406775-867-7000Website
Battle Mountain General Hospital535 South Humboldt StreetBattle MountainNV89820775-635-2550Website
Boulder City Hospital901 Adams BoulevardBoulder CityNV89005702-293-4111Website
Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare1600 Medical ParkwayCarson CityNV89703775-445-8672Website
Carson Valley Medical Center1107 Highway 395GardnervilleNV89410775-782-1500Website
Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center6900 North Durango DriveLas VegasNV89149702-835-9700Website
Complex Care Hospital At Tenaya2500 North TenayaLas VegasNV89128702-562-2021Website
Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center2075 East Flamingo RoadLas VegasNV89119702-733-8800Website
Desert View Hospital360 South Lola LanePahrumpNV89048775-751-7500Website
Desert Willow Treatment Center6171 West Charleston BoulevardLas VegasNV89146702-486-8900Not Available
Grover C. Dils Medical Center700 North Spring StreetCalienteNV89008775-726-3171Website
Harmon Medical And Rehabilitation Hospital2170 East Harmon AvenueLas VegasNV89119702-794-0100Not Available
Healthsouth Desert Canyon Rehabilitation Hospital9175 West Oquendo RoadLas VegasNV89148702-252-7342Website
Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital-Las Vegas1250 South Valley View BoulevardLas VegasNV89102702-877-8898Website
Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital Of Henderson10301 Jeffreys StreetHendersonNV89052702-939-9400Website
Horizon Specialty Hospital640 Desert LaneLas VegasNV89106702-382-3155Website
Humboldt General Hospital118 East Haskell StreetWinnemuccaNV89445775-623-5222Website
Incline Village Community Hospital880 Alder AvenueIncline VillageNV89451775-833-4100Website
Kindred Hospital Las Vegas-Sahara5110 West Sahara AvenueLas VegasNV89146702-871-1418Website
Mesa View Regional Hospital1299 Bertha Howe AvenueMesquiteNV89027702-346-8040Website

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