While Tennessee is known for its Southern beauty, it is also one of the most beloved places for music lovers. Nashville, the capital, is the best place to go to hear the latest country music at the Grand Ole Opry or to remember legends at the County Music Hall of Fame. Further south in the state lies Memphis, known for being the home of Elvis Presley and Graceland. Whether one loves music or not, Tennessee is an excellent place for compassionate CNAs looking for a place to find secure jobs in which they can grow. Of the 6.5 million residents, 985,000 are over the age 65, and 111,000 are over the age of 85.
– Capital: Nashville
– Minimum Wage: $7.25
– Number of Hospitals: 130
– Number of Nursing Homes: 37,140
– Total Population: 6,549,352
– Population (ages 45-64): 1,738,997
– Population (ages 65+): 985,700
– Population (ages 85+): 111,140
– Vanderbilt University
– Sewanee – University of the South
– Rhodes College
The Tennessee Department of Health oversees CNA training in the state and mandates the number of hours required for study before becoming certified. The state holds to the federal minimum of 75 hours of combined classroom and clinical training. Of these, at least 35 hours must be spent in a local health care setting practicing one’s skills under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse. However, the state allows students to work at licensed facilities for up to 120 days while they attend training classes and take the competency examination.
Student nurses who have learned basic nursing skills may apply to the Department of Health for training exemption. In addition, military-trained health care personnel are not required to train. Rather, these individuals can challenge the competency examination.
All other students must enroll in a state-approved CNA training program. Tennessee does not place any age or educational restrictions on CNA students. However, certain training programs or future employers might; therefore, it is in a student’s best interest to have a high school diploma or GED. Students will also need to undergo state and federal criminal background checks and have two sets of fingerprints taken. They will need up-to-date immunization records and negative tuberculosis screenings from the past six months before providing direct patient care. In addition, they must hold CPR cards and liability insurance. They must also be able to handle the physical requirements of a CNA, such as long hours on one’s feet and the ability to lift 40 pounds.
The Tennessee Department of Health uses D&S Diversified Technologies to administer the state’s CNA competency examinations. The test consists of two parts, which are the written or oral test and the skills test. Some testing sites use WebETest, which is a computerized version of the written test. The written section tests CNA theory and has 75 multiple-choice questions that must be answered in 90 minutes or less. To pass, students must score at least a 75 percent. The test may be taken in English or Spanish or may be taken orally with the use of a tape. The oral version includes ten additional questions in English that must be answered without using the tape.
The skills test is performed in front of a registered nurse evaluator. All students will be required to perform four randomly assigned CNA skills in front of the evaluator as well as demonstrate hand washing. Students will have 35 minutes to perform all of the skills. All five tasks must be performed correctly to pass this portion of the test.
Both sections of the examination must be passed within two years from the end of training to avoid having to retake a training program. Candidates who take a computer-based test will find out their scores the next day. Those taking a traditional written test will find out their scores via mail. The cost to take either the written or oral examination is $30, and the cost for the skills examination is $60.
Out-of-state CNAs may be able to transfer their certifications to Tennessee should they move here. CNAs must have active licenses in good standing with their former states. However, CNAs from Florida and North Carolina will be required to retrain and retest in Tennessee. In addition, CNAs from Georgia, Alabama and Illinois will need to retake the competency examination. CNAs from all other states can fill out the Out-of-State Nurse Aide Registration Application and send it to their previous states for verification. CNAs from California, Colorado, Missouri or Illinois will send the form to the Tennessee Registry instead. They will also need to include a copy of a photo ID, social security card, and previous CNA certification. Reciprocity is free.
Tennessee CNAs must renew their certifications every two years, but they must not renew more than one month prior to the expiration date listed on their certifications. Renewal reminders will be mailed out by the Department of Health prior to this date. In order to renew, CNAs must be in good standing with the state with no accusations of patient abuse or neglect against their names. In addition, they must have worked at least an eight-hour shift in the past 24 months. They will need to send in a pay stub, payroll printout or notarized attestation form with their renewal paperwork. Only work done in a licensed health care facility counts toward renewal. Renewal is free.
|Vanderbilt University Medical Center||1211 22nd Avenue North||Nashville||TN||37232||615-322-5000||Website|
|University Of Tennessee Medical Center||1924 Alcoa Highway||Knoxville||TN||37920||865-305-9000||Website|
|Methodist Hospitals Of Memphis||1265 Union Avenue||Memphis||TN||38104||901-516-7000||Website|
|Memorial Health Care||2525 De Sales Avenue||Chattanooga||TN||37404||423-495-2525||Website|
|St. Thomas Hospital||4220 Harding Road||Nashville||TN||37205||615-222-2111||Website|
|Athens Regional Medical Center||1114 West Madison Avenue||Athens||TN||37303||423-745-1411||Website|
|Baptist Hospital||2000 Church Street||Nashville||TN||37236||615-284-5555||Website|
|Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville||1500 West Poplar Avenue||Collierville||TN||38017||901-861-9400||Website|
|Baptist Memorial Hospital For Women||6225 Humphreys Boulevard||Memphis||TN||38120||901-227-9000||Website|
|Baptist Memorial Hospital-Huntingdon||631 R.B. Wilson Drive||Huntingdon||TN||38344||731-986-4461||Website|
|Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis||6019 Walnut Grove Road||Memphis||TN||38120||901-226-5000||Website|
|Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton||1995 Highway 51 South||Covington||TN||38019||901-476-2621||Website|
|Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City||1201 Bishop Street||Union City||TN||38261||731-885-2410||Website|
|Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown||2100 Exeter Road||Germantown||TN||38138||901-757-1350||Website|
|Behavioral Healthcare Center At Columbia||1400 Rosewood Drive||Columbia||TN||38401||931-388-6573||Website|
|Blount Memorial Hospital||907 East Lamar Alexander Parkway||Maryville||TN||37804||865-983-7211||Website|
|Bolivar General Hospital||650 Nuckolls Road||Bolivar||TN||38008||731-658-3100||Website|
|Centennial Medical Center||2300 Patterson Street||Nashville||TN||37203||615-342-1000||Website|