New Hampshire is called the Granite State because of its massive granite formations. However, the state is also known for its extensive forests, particularly the White Mountain National Forest in the northern part of the state. New Hampshire has a small amount of access to the Atlantic Ocean just south of Maine’s coastline, but it also has many lakes, such as the popular Lake Winnipesaukee used for boating and fishing. The state is home to 1.3 million people, many of whom need the care of CNAs on a short-term or long-term basis in the state’s 28 hospitals or 7,510 nursing homes. With almost 16 percent of the population older than 65, CNAs have amazing job security here.
– Capital: Concord
– Minimum Wage: $7.25
– Number of Hospitals: 28
– Number of Nursing Homes: 7,510
– Total Population: 1,326,813
– Population (ages 45-64): 407,630
– Population (ages 65+): 211,063
– Population (ages 85+): 27,875
– Dartmouth College
– University of New Hampshire
– Saint Anselm College
CNAs in New Hampshire are called Licensed Nursing Assistants, or LNAs. To become a CNA here, individuals must either take a state-approved training course or provide proof that they have received equivalent health care training in another country, in nursing school or the military. To be qualified by comparable training, the training must have been completed within the past five years. Individuals who qualify can challenge the competency examination after receiving written approval from the state.
Individuals do not have to be a certain age or have a certain educational level to apply to a CNA training program. However, they must be eligible to work, and a high school diploma may make it easier to get jobs or continue education in the future. They will need to have both state and federal criminal background checks completed, and fingerprints must be taken for these. Students must be in good physical shape and able to perform the work of a CNA. They will also need a negative tuberculosis test from the past ten months and complete MMR, chicken pox and hepatitis B immunizations. Finally, students will need to hold CPR cards and liability insurance.
New Hampshire requires CNA programs to provide at least 100 hours of training, which is higher than the federal minimum. Of these 100 hours, at least 60 of them must be spent practicing hands-on tasks in a local health care facility under the supervision of a licensed nurse.
The New Hampshire competency evaluation is offered by three agencies in the state; these are the American Red Cross, Pearson VUE, and Excel Testing. Each is offered in different testing centers across the state. However, the test follows the format offered by Pearson VUE, which is a two-part examination testing CNA knowledge and skills. All agencies offer a multiple-choice knowledge test and a hands-on skills test, both of which must be performed under time constraints.
The knowledge section can be performed with pencil and paper or orally. The written version has 70 questions while the oral version has 60 questions plus an additional ten multiple-choice reading comprehension questions. Both versions must be completed in two hours or less. The skills section is performed in front of an evaluator who will watch students perform five CNA tasks. One task will always be hand washing, and another task will be taking a measurement, such as a blood pressure. The other three tasks will be randomly chosen on test day, and all must be completed in 25 minutes or less.
Students must pass both sections before their names are added to the registry. Students who fail a section will only need to retake the section that they failed. Students must pass both sections within no more than three attempts and in no more than 24 months. Otherwise, they will need to retrain. The fee to take both sections of the test is $105; the oral version costs $120.
CNAs moving to New Hampshire from another state can apply for endorsement to have their certifications moved to the New Hampshire LNA Registry. In order to be eligible for this, CNAs must have successfully passed the entire competency examination from their prior state within the past two years. Those who have been CNAs for longer than two years must have worked at least 200 hours for pay performing nursing-related tasks in the past two years. In addition, applicants must have completed at least 24 hours of continuing education in the past two years. Their certifications must be active and in good standing with their prior states. Applicants will need to undergo fingerprinting and criminal background checks. The process is free.
New Hampshire requires CNAs to renew their certifications every two years. The state sends out renewal reminders approximately two months before the expiration date. To be eligible to renew, CNAs must have worked at least 200 hours performing nursing-related tasks in the past two years under the supervision of a licensed nurse. In addition, CNAs must complete at least 24 hours of in-service or continuing education every two years. They must not have any complaints against them regarding patient abuse or neglect. Renewal can be completed through the mail or online. Those who do not meet the work or continuing education hours will need to reinstate their licenses for an additional fee of $35. Regular renewal costs $25.
New Hampshire Board of Nursing
121 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-6282
Fax (603) 271-6605
|Concord Hospital||250 Pleasant Street||Concord||NH||03301||603-225-2711||Website|
|Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center||One Medical Center Drive||Lebanon||NH||03756||603-650-5000||Website|
|Exeter Hospital||5 Alumni Drive||Exeter||NH||03833||603-778-7311||Website|
|St. Joseph Hospital||172 Kinsley Street||Nashua||NH||03060||603-882-3000||Website|
|Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital||10 Alice Peck Day Drive||Lebanon||NH||03766||603-448-3121||Website|
|Androscoggin Valley Hospital||59 Page Hill Road||Berlin||NH||03570||603-752-2200||Website|
|Catholic Medical Center||100 McGregor Street||Manchester||NH||03102||603-668-3545||Website|
|Cheshire Medical Center||580 Court Street||Keene||NH||03431||603-354-5400||Website|
|Cottage Hospital||90 Swiftwater Road||Woodsville||NH||03785||603-747-9000||Website|
|Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center||1 Verney Drive||Greenfield||NH||03047||603-547-3311||Website|
|Elliot Hospital||One Elliot Way||Manchester||NH||03103||603-669-5300||Website|
|Franklin Regional Hospital||15 Aiken Avenue||Franklin||NH||03235||603-934-2060||Website|
|Frisbie Memorial Hospital||11 Whitehall Road||Rochester||NH||03867||603-332-5211||Website|
|Hampstead Hospital||218 East Road||Hampstead||NH||03841||603-329-5311||Website|
|Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital||254 Pleasant Street||Concord||NH||03301||603-226-9800||Website|
|Huggins Hospital||240 South Main Street||Wolfeboro||NH||03894||603-569-7500||Website|
|Lakes Region General Hospital||80 Highland Street||Laconia||NH||03246||603-524-3211||Website|
|Littleton Regional Hospital||600 Saint Johnsbury Road||Littleton||NH||03561||603-444-9000||Website|
|Manchester Veterans Affairs Medical Center||718 Smyth Road||Manchester||NH||03104||603-624-4366||Website|
|Memorial Hospital||3073 White Mountain Highway||North Conway||NH||03860||603-356-5461||Website|