Ohio, known as the “Buckeye State,” stretches from scenic Lake Erie in the north to the rolling hills of the Appalachians in the south. It is home to major cities, such as Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, but also has beautiful country scenery, such as in Amish country in the east. The 11.6 million residents are proud of their Ohio State Buckeyes football team and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. CNAs here have excellent opportunities for finding jobs as the elderly population continues to rise. Currently, over 15 percent of the state’s population is over the age of 65, and another 3.1 million people are between the ages of 45 and 65.
– Capital: Columbus
– Minimum Wage: $8.30
– Number of Hospitals: 183
– Number of Nursing Homes: 91,563
– Total Population: 11,594,163
– Population (ages 45-64): 3,179,231
– Population (ages 65+): 1,799,169
– Population (ages 85+): 250,929
– Oberlin College
– Kenyon College
– Denison University
The Ohio Department of Health oversees the curriculum and training of the state’s CNAs or State Tested Nurse Aides as they are called here. Several groups are eligible to waive training and move right to the competency evaluation. The first is student nurses who have studied personal care, safety, emergency procedures and infection control in their curricula. The second is those who have worked as hospital orderlies for at least 12 months in the past five years. In addition, registered nurses, foreign nurses and military-trained nurse aides can waive training.
All other individuals will need to attend a state-approved program to be eligible to test. Ohio follows the federal minimum guidelines and requires students to complete at least 75 hours of training. Students will need to spend at least 16 of these hours providing direct care to actual patients in a local health care setting. They must complete at least 16 hours of classroom training before beginning clinical training.
Ohio is not as stringent as some other states are when it comes to training prerequisites. In fact, the state has no age or educational limitations although some future employers may require individuals to be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma. Schools will require that students have a negative tuberculosis test from the past 12 months as well as an up-to-date immunization record. Students will need to undergo a criminal background check and have a photo ID on file.
The Ohio Department of Health uses D&S Diversified Technologies to administer CNA tests. The test comes in two parts, which must initially be performed on the same day. The knowledge examination tests CNA classroom knowledge and is typically performed in a written format. While many testing sites in Ohio still use pencil and paper, some regional sites use Web test, a computer-based test. Individuals can also choose to take this test orally. The oral version comes with an additional 17 questions, which must be read to demonstrate English comprehension. This section has 79 questions and must be completed within 90 minutes. To pass, students must get at least an 80 percent.
The second part of the examination tests CNA skills in a hands-on format. The skills will be performed in front of an evaluator and will be performed on a volunteer actor taking 35 minutes or less. Students are required to demonstrate hand washing as well as four other randomly assigned tasks. Students must score at least 80 percent on each task and must pass all five tasks to pass the skills examination successfully.
The cost for the entire examination is $100 for the written version and $110 for the oral version. Students who need to reschedule their testing day will pay an additional fee of $35. Students can take each section a total of three times before they are required to retrain. Those who fail will only need to retake the section that they failed.
Ohio practices reciprocity with CNAs coming from other states that trained and tested under the requirements of OBRA ’87 and ’89. The CNA’s license must be active and in good standing without any findings of patient abuse, neglect or maltreatment. Individuals must fill out an application and send in a copy of their driver’s licenses and social security numbers to the Ohio Department of Health. Ohio will check verification with the previously registered state before adding a CNA to their Nurse Aide Registry. Reciprocity is free. CNAs without an active license who are transferring to Ohio will be required to retrain and retest. CNAs who are on the prior state’s abuse registry will not be allowed to be certified here.
Ohio CNAs must renew their certifications every two years. CNAs who have been accused of patient neglect or abuse will not be allowed to renew their certifications. In order to renew, CNAs must have worked at least 7.5 consecutive hours or 8 non-consecutive hours in a 48-hour period for pay performing nursing-related tasks in the past 24 months. CNAs will need to have a supervising licensed nurse or physician fill out part of the renewal form attesting this fact. CNAs who allow their certifications to lapse or who do not work the specified number of hours will have their certifications become inactive. Activating a license requires additional training as well as retaking the competency evaluation. In this case, testing fees will apply.
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