Home of the first English colony in Roanoke, North Carolina has a surprisingly rich history dating back to the beginning of Western European settlements. Today, it is known for historical markers dedicated to the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane, and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the oldest state university. CNAs who make North Carolina home can enjoy the beautiful outdoor environment with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the west and the Outer Banks in the east. Nearly 10 million people live here; many of them, especially the 1.5 million people over the age of the 65, will soon need the skilled help that CNAs give.
– Capital: Raleigh
– Minimum Wage: $7.25
– Number of Hospitals: 117
– Number of Nursing Homes: 44,598
– Total Population: 9,943,964
– Population (ages 45-64): 2,610,157
– Population (ages 65+): 1,463,362
– Population (ages 85+): 170,382
– Reed College
– Willamette University
– Lewis & Clark College
North Carolina has several different nurse aide levels. The level that is most similar to CNAs throughout the United States is known as Nurse Aide 1. Nurse Aide 2 requires additional training; these individuals can perform some of the same tasks that licensed practical nurses can perform in other states. Two other certifications are the Geriatric Nurse Aide and Medication Aide, which require more training. Nurse Aide 1 requires 75 total hours of training of which 16 hours must be spent at clinicals.
However, Nurse Aide 1 is the initial qualification that all CNAs must meet before moving on to their training. To being training, individuals must be at least 16 years old and hold a driver’s license. They are not required by the state to have a high school diploma, but some programs may make this a requirement or may require students to take an entrance examination or produce SAT scores. Additionally, potential students must take a drug test, have a negative tuberculosis test, have a doctor’s physical and have a complete and up-to-date immunization record. Finally, they will need to have an FBI criminal background check and fingerprints taken.
CNAs can be hired for training while they are still in training programs and before they have tested. They can work for up to 120 days before passing the examination. In addition, nursing students can waive the training and head right to the examination. North Carolina does not allow individuals to challenge the certification examination without going through training.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services regulates CNA examinations. The Department contracts out the test through the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program through Pearson VUE. The test can be taken at many CNA training facilities, or it may be taken at one of several regional testing sites.
The test must be taken within 24 months of completing CNA training. It includes two parts that test CNA theory and clinical knowledge. The written knowledge examination can also be taken orally by those who have a documented disability or have difficulty reading English. The written options have 70 multiple-choice theory questions while the oral version has 60 multiple-choice theory questions and ten basic comprehension questions. Testers are given two hours for this section.
The second part is the skill evaluation during which applicants will need to demonstrate four CNA skills chosen at random by the evaluator in addition to hand washing. Testers will also have to perform one measurement, such as taking a blood pressure or measuring a client’s weight. Testers will have 30 minutes to complete the skills section. The skills will be performed on a volunteer actor.
Those who pass the examination will be added to North Carolina’s CNA registry within at least five days. Those who fail only need to retake the section that was failed and may take each section a total of three times before having to retrain. The fee to take both parts of the examination is $101 for both written and oral versions.
North Carolina does not practice endorsement or reciprocity for CNAs, who are currently licensed by another state but are moving to North Carolina. Instead, CNAs moving to the state will need to attend a state-approved training program and take the entire certification examination just as new CNAs do. As of February 2016, CNA applicants are no longer allowed to challenge the examination without training. Fees for out-of-state applicants will be the same as for new applicants for taking the examination; the cost is $101 for both parts of the examination. They will also need to have a background check and have fingerprints, a driver’s license and two additional photographs on file with the state.
North Carolina CNAs must renew their certifications every two years. The Nurse Aide 1 Registry sends renewal notices approximately two months before expiration. It is vital that CNAs keep their addresses up-to-date with the registry. To renew, CNAs must have worked for pay under the supervision of a registered nurse performing nursing-related duties for at least eight hours in the previous two years. Those who fail to renew by the expiration date or who do not meet the work requirements will need to retake a training course and retake the certification examination. Renewal is free for the Nurse Aide 1 Registry except in the case of those required to retrain and retest.
|Duke University Hospital||2301 Erwin Road||Durham||NC||27705||919-684-8111||Website|
|Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center||Medical Center Boulevard||Winston-Salem||NC||27157||336-716-2011||Website|
|University Of North Carolina Hospitals||101 Manning Drive||Chapel Hill||NC||27514||919-966-4131||Website|
|Carolinas Medical Center||1000 Blythe Boulevard||Charlotte||NC||28203||704-355-2000||Website|
|Mission Hospital||509 Biltmore Avenue||Asheville||NC||28801||828-213-1111||Website|
|Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital||1200 North Elm Street||Greensboro||NC||27401||336-832-7000||Website|
|Firsthealth Moore Regional Hospital||155 Memorial Drive||Pinehurst||NC||28374||910-715-1000||Website|
|Duke Regional Hospital||3643 North Roxboro Road||Durham||NC||27704||919-470-4000||Website|
|Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center||200 Hawthorne Lane||Charlotte||NC||28204||704-384-4000||Website|
|Vidant Medical Center||2100 Stantonsburg Road||Greenville||NC||27834||252-847-4100||Website|
|Rex Hospital||4420 Lake Boone Trail||Raleigh||NC||27607||919-784-3100||Website|
|Duke Raleigh Hospital||3400 Wake Forest Road||Raleigh||NC||27609||919-954-3000||Website|
|Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital||800 North Justice Street||Hendersonville||NC||28791||828-696-1000||Website|
|Novant Health Matthews Medical Center||1500 Matthews Township Parkway||Matthews||NC||28105||704-384-6500||Website|
|New Hanover Regional Medical Center||2131 South 17th Street||Wilmington||NC||28401||910-343-7000||Website|
|Carolina East Medical Center||2000 Neuse Boulevard||New Bern||NC||28560||252-633-8111||Website|
|Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln||433 McAlister Road||Lincolnton||NC||28092||980-212-2000||Website|
|Caromont Regional Medical Center||2525 Court Drive||Gastonia||NC||28054||704-834-2000||Website|
|Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center||10030 Gilead Road||Huntersville||NC||28078||704-316-4000||Website|
|Wakemed Health And Hospitals||3000 New Bern Avenue||Raleigh||NC||27610||919-350-8000||Website|