Part of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon is known for being a progressive state in many fields, especially healthcare. Oregon is also known for its natural beauty, including Mount Hood, the Columbia River and Crater Lake National Park, all favorites among outdoor enthusiasts. The mild climate produces plenty of rain in the spring and fall as well as humid summers. Oregon has nearly 4 million residents, and the yearlong warm weather keeps plenty of older individuals around after retirement. CNAs here who work at one of the hospitals, nursing homes or other healthcare facilities will have the opportunity of providing care to the 634,000 people over the age of 65 as well as to numerous others.
– Capital: Salem
– Minimum Wage: $9.45
– Number of Hospitals: 59
– Number of Nursing Homes: 12,276
– Total Population: 3,970,239
– Population (ages 45-64): 1,052,880
– Population (ages 65+): 633,887
– Population (ages 85+): 83,540
– Reed College
– Willamette University
– Lewis & Clark College
Oregon is one of the several states that have more than one level of CNA. CNA I is the basic level that matches the requirements of other CNAs around the country most closely. CNA II and Certified Medication Aide are adjunct certifications that can be completed following a CNA’s initial certification. These individuals will have to attend additional training hours and take an additional examination.
The starting point, however, is CNA I, which requires a reasonable number of hours of training. Students must have at least 150 hours of training at a minimum, and 75 of these hours must be spent in the clinical setting providing hands-on care. At the end of training, students will take a final examination on which they must answer at least 75 percent of the question correctly before they will be able to take the CNA examination. Nursing school graduates are not required to complete CNA training before taking the examination.
To enter training, applicants must be at least 18 years old and hold a high school diploma or GED. They will need to have had a negative tuberculosis test within the past six months and have an up-to-date immunization record. Students will also need to pass a drug test and state and federal background checks that go back ten years and will need a set of fingerprints on file with the state before becoming certified. They will also need a photo ID and two additional photographs on file.
The Oregon State Board of Nursing regulates CNAs and has set up Headmaster, LLP to perform the CNA examinations. The examination consists of two parts, which must be performed on the same day initially. The knowledge test can be taken in a written or oral format. Those who choose the written format will be able to take it with pencil and paper or on a computer. The benefit of the computerized version is that applicants will receive their score the same day. The knowledge test has 77 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within 90 minutes. Individuals must receive at least a 73 percent to pass.
The second part of the examination is the skills test, which is performed in front of an evaluator. This part tests hands-on skills. All applicants will be required to demonstrate hand washing along with four other skills that will be randomly chosen on test day. Individuals will have up to 45 minutes to complete their assigned skills. They must pass all five with a score of at least 80 percent to pass this part of the test.
Individuals who fail will only need to retake the section that they failed. They may take each section three times total before needing to retrain. The entire test must be passed within two years from the end of training to avoid having to retrain. The fee for the whole test is $106; an additional fee of $35 is required for those who request the oral version.
Out-of-state CNAs can be endorsed by Oregon by meeting several qualifications. They must have attended a training program that meets Oregon’s training specifications. In addition, CNAs must have worked at least 400 hours within the past two years under the supervision of a nurse. This is not the case, however, for CNAs, who have received their licenses within the past two years. CNAs should have an active license without any allegations of patient abuse or neglect; they will also need to have a federal criminal background check. The fee for endorsement is $60. There is an additional fee of $52 for fingerprinting, and prior states may require additional fees for verifying certifications.
CNA licenses remain valid for two years. Certifications expire at midnight on the day before an individual’s birthday on even years for people born in even years and on odd years for people born in odd years. In order to renew, CNAs must have worked for pay at least 400 hours in the past two years under the supervision of a licensed or registered nurse. The fee for renewal is $60. Those who do not renew before the expiration date will need to have the certification reinstated by paying additional fees. After 60 days from the expiration date, CNAs will need to apply for reactivation with additional fees and will need another criminal background check.
|Oregon Health And Science University Hospital||3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road||Portland||OR||97239||503-494-8311||Website|
|Providence Portland Medical Center||4805 NE Glisan Street||Portland||OR||97213||503-215-5526||Website|
|Providence St. Vincent Medical Center||9205 SW Barnes Road||Portland||OR||97225||503-216-1234||Not Available|
|Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center||10180 SE Sunnyside Road||Clackamas||OR||97015||503-652-2880||Website|
|Salem Hospital||890 Oak Street SE||Salem||OR||97301||503-561-5200||Website|
|St. Charles Medical Center-Bend||2500 NE Neff Road||Bend||OR||97701||541-382-4321||Website|
|Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center||2825 East Barnett Road||Medford||OR||97504||541-789-7000||Website|
|Adventist Medical Center||10123 SE Market Street||Portland||OR||97216||503-257-2500||Website|
|Asante Ashland Community Hospital||280 Maple Street||Ashland||OR||97520||541-201-4000||Not Available|
|Asante Three Rivers Medical Center||500 SW Ramsey Avenue||Grants Pass||OR||97527||541-472-7000||Website|
|Bay Area Hospital||1775 Thompson Road||Coos Bay||OR||97420||541-269-8111||Website|
|Blue Mountain Hospital||170 Ford Road||John Day||OR||97845||541-575-1311||Website|
|Columbia Memorial Hospital||2111 Exchange Street||Astoria||OR||97103||503-325-4321||Website|
|Coquille Valley Hospital||940 East Fifth Street||Coquille||OR||97423||541-396-3101||Website|
|Curry General Hospital||94220 Fourth Street||Gold Beach||OR||97444||541-247-6621||Website|
|Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center||3600 NW Samaritan Drive||Corvallis||OR||97330||541-768-5111||Website|
|Good Shepherd Health Care System||610 NW 11th Street||Hermiston||OR||97838||541-667-3400||Website|
|Grande Ronde Hospital||900 Sunset Drive||La Grande||OR||97850||541-963-8421||Website|
|Harney District Hospital||557 West Washington Street||Burns||OR||97720||541-573-7281||Website|
|Kaiser Foundation Hospital Westside Medical Center||2875 NW Stucki Avenue||Hillsboro||OR||97124||971-310-1000||Not Available|