In the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Washington State is known for its mild climate, gorgeous scenery and refreshing sea breezes and metropolitan areas. Nature lovers enjoy the Cascade Mountains, Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier and Puget Sound while city lovers can head to the Space Needle or Pike’s Place in Seattle. Parts of Washington may be known for rain, but the state rarely sees much snow. CNAs who choose to work in Washington can enjoy all that this prosperous state has to offer, such as an excellent work climate, good job security and a population of 7 million, 14 percent of whom are over the age of 65.
– Capital: Olympia
– Minimum Wage: $9.67
– Number of Hospitals: 90
– Number of Nursing Homes: 21,641
– Total Population: 7,061,530
– Population (ages 45-64): 1,857,616
– Population (ages 65+): 992,755
– Population (ages 85+): 128,688
– Whitman College
– University of Washington
– University of Puget Sound
The Washington State Department of Health approves the state’s CNA training. Training programs must provide at least 85 hours of instruction, which is slightly above the federal minimum requirements of 75 hours. Of these 85 hours, at least 35 must be spent in the classroom learning CNA theory and the other 50 must be spent practicing hands-on skills. Ten of the skills hours may be spent in a lab, but the final 40 must be spent in an actual health care facility. Seven classroom hours must be spent on HIV and AIDS training. Washington State monitors CNA students and training programs carefully and requires students to attend all classes.
Training is required for all Washington CNAs except for those who have received equivalent training out-of-state and can prove that they had at least 35 hours of classroom training and at least 30 hours of skills training. In addition, nursing students, graduate nurses and military-trained health care personnel can challenge the competency examination if they received equivalent training.
Potential students must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED before beginning training. They will also need photo IDs and CPR cards. Before taking the competency examination, they will need to have both state and federal background checks as well as two sets of fingerprints taken. Students must be physically fit and able to spend hours on their feet. They must have complete immunization records and recent negative tuberculosis screenings.
The Washington CNA competency examination follows the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program method through Pearson VUE. Some students may be able to test at the same facilities where they trained. Others will need to choose a regional testing center. To test, students must send in an application; the state sends out Authorizations to Test two days after receiving the applications.
As with other states, Washington requires students to pass two different testing sections before receiving their certifications. Those who have difficulty reading English may also take the written examination orally. However, the oral version includes an additional 10 reading comprehension questions. The written section test CNA knowledge and includes 70 multiple-choice questions that must be answered in two hours or less.
During the skills test, students are asked to demonstrate hand washing as well as four other randomly selected CNA tasks in front of a nurse aide evaluator. One of the other four skills will be taking a measurement, such as a radial pulse. The skills must all be completed accurately within 25 minutes or less.
Students will find out if they have passed or failed the same day. Those who have failed will be required to retake the section that they failed. Both sections of the examination must be passed within a year of completing a training program. The fee to take the entire examination is $110. Those retaking the test will be charged $36 for the written or oral section or $74 for the skills section.
CNAs moving to Washington can request to have their certifications transferred into the state via reciprocity. However, Washington determines reciprocity on a case-by-case basis. Some individuals may be required to retrain and retest here to receive a Washington license. To apply, CNAs must be active and in good standing with their prior states and have no accusations of patient abuse or neglect on their records. Those with expired certifications will not be approved for reciprocity. Applicants must send in applications along with employment histories and certification information. They will need to have received the AIDS education that is mandatory in Washington. The Certification Application costs $48. CNAs who are also registered as Medication Assistants will pay an additional reciprocity fee of $25.
Washington CNAs will have to renew their certifications every 24 months to remain active on the state’s Nurse Aide Registry. CNAs must remain in good standing with the state to be eligible for renewal. CNAs here do not have to complete any specific amounts of continuing education; however, they must work at least eight hours for pay as CNAs every 24 months to be eligible for renewal. Renewal occurs every two years before the individual’s birthday. Those who do not renew because they did not work the required eight hours will need to attend another training program and retest. Renewal costs $53. Those who renew late will have to pay an additional $53 fee.
|University Of Washington Medical Center||1959 NE Pacific St||Seattle||WA||98195||206-598-3300||Website|
|Providence St. Peter Hospital||413 Lilly Road NE||Olympia||WA||98506||360-491-9480||Not Available|
|Virginia Mason Medical Center||1100 Ninth Avenue||Seattle||WA||98101||206-223-6600||Website|
|Evergreen Health Medical Center||12040 NE 128th Street||Kirkland||WA||98034||425-899-1000||Website|
|Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center And Children'S Hospital||101 West Eighth Avenue||Spokane||WA||99204||509-474-3131||Website|
|Valley Medical Center||400 South 43rd Street||Renton||WA||98055||425-228-3450||Website|
|Capital Medical Center||3900 Capital Mall Drive SW||Olympia||WA||98502||360-754-5858||Website|
|Central Washington Hospital||1201 South Miller Street||Wenatchee||WA||98801||509-662-1511||Website|
|Overlake Hospital Medical Center||1035 116th Avenue NE||Bellevue||WA||98004||425-688-5000||Website|
|Peacehealth St. Joseph Medical Center||2901 Squalicum Parkway||Bellingham||WA||98225||360-734-5400||Website|
|Harborview Medical Center||325 Ninth Avenue||Seattle||WA||98104||206-744-3000||Website|
|Cascade Medical Center||817 Commercial Street||Leavenworth||WA||98826||509-548-5815||Website|
|Cascade Valley Hospital And Clinics||330 South Stillaguamish Avenue||Arlington||WA||98223||360-435-2133||Website|
|Columbia Basin Hospital||200 Nat Washington Way||Ephrata||WA||98823||509-754-4631||Website|
|Columbia County Health System||1012 South Third Street||Dayton||WA||99328||509-382-2531||Website|
|Coulee Medical Center||411 Fortuyn Road||Grand Coulee||WA||99133||509-633-1753||Website|
|Deaconess Medical Center-Spokane||800 West Fifth Avenue||Spokane||WA||99204||509-458-5800||Website|
|East Adams Rural Hospital||903 South Adams Street||Ritzville||WA||99169||509-659-1200||Website|
|Eastern State Hospital||Maple Street||Medical Lake||WA||99022||509-565-4705||Website|
|Fairfax Hospital||10200 NE 132nd Street||Kirkland||WA||98034||425-821-2000||Website|