A large Midwestern state, Wyoming is most often defined by Yellowstone National Park, home to all sorts of wildlife as well as to Old Faithful. Wyoming is the perfect place for outdoor activity lovers with its ski and snowshoe trails, hiking and biking paths and lakes for fishing and boating. While Yellowstone takes up almost 3,500 square miles of the state, Grand Teton National Park is also located here and part of the Snake River winds through the countryside. In the West, the Rocky Mountains dominate the backdrop. Wyoming is sparsely populated with only 584,000 people calling the state home. However, CNAs have plenty of employment opportunities caring predominantly for the 14 percent of residents over the age of 65.
– Capital: Cheyenne
– Minimum Wage: $7.25
– Number of Hospitals: 24
– Number of Nursing Homes: 2,984
– Total Population: 584,153
– Population (ages 45-64): 154,191
– Population (ages 65+): 81,641
– Population (ages 85+): 10,047
– University of Wyoming
The Wyoming Department of Health along with the State Board of Nursing regulates the CNA training programs in the state. Meanwhile, the Office of Healthcare Licensing and Surveys oversees the CNA Registry. Wyoming follows federal minimum training guidelines, which state that CNAs complete at least 75 hours of training altogether, of which 16 hours must be spent practicing hands-on skills in a local health care setting.
The most direct route to becoming a CNA is to complete a state-approved course. However, individuals with equal healthcare training may receive a waiver for training from the Department of Health. Nursing students who have passed the first semester of nursing training in the past two years can apply for a waiver based on minimum competency. Individuals can receive Graduate Nurse Aide Temporary Permits upon request to the Board of Nursing. This permit allows individuals who are completing training and testing to work as non-certified nurse aides for up to 120 days.
Students must be at least 18 years old to begin training. Students will not need to have high school diplomas or GEDs although those without diplomas may be required to complete pre-enrollment assessments of basic reading and math skills. Students will need to have state and federal criminal background checks completed with fingerprints and will need state-issued photo IDs. In addition, each student will need a doctor’s physical and a negative tuberculosis screening as well as up-to-date MMR, varicella, hepatitis B and meningitis immunizations.
The Wyoming Department of Health works with the American Red Cross to provide the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program through Pearson VUE for its competency evaluations. Pearson VUE uses a two-part test. Those who fail a section on the first attempt will only need to retake the section that was failed. The entire test must be passed within five attempts and within a year from completing CNA training to avoid having to retrain. Wyoming has several regional testing sites from which students can choose.
The first section of the test is the knowledge examination. This section tests CNA theory. It has 70 multiple-choice questions, which must be completed in two hours or less. It is performed with pencil and paper except in the case of students who choose the oral option, which is completed with an MP3 player. Ten of the questions on the oral option test basic reading comprehension.
The skills examination tests how well students perform hands-on CNA tasks as demonstrated in front of a Nurse Aide Evaluator. Students must demonstrate hand washing as well as four other randomly selected tasks. Students have 25 minutes to complete all skills.
Students will learn whether they have passed by mail up to 10 business days following the examination. Everyone will be required to pay a $60 application fee and an additional $60 criminal background check fee. In addition, the fee for both sections of the test is $101.50.
Out-of-state CNAs may be able to transfer their certifications to Wyoming provided they meet several qualifications. They must have active certifications in their prior states and must be in good standing with the state with no felonies or convictions and no complaints of patient abuse or neglect. They must apply for endorsement through the Wyoming Board of Nursing within four months of moving to the state. They will need to provide proof of employment, a social security card and an ID and submit to a Wyoming criminal background check. In addition, they will need to submit the Verification of Certification form to their prior state’s registry. The cost for endorsement is $60 for certification plus $60 for the criminal background check.
Wyoming CNAs must renew their certifications every two years to remain active in the state. In order to renew, they must have worked for a minimum of 16 hours in the past 24 months performing nursing-related tasks for pay under the supervision of a licensed nurse. They must also have had at least 24 hours of in-services or continuing education every 24 months. Renewals must be completed with the help of an employer who will verify employment. All licenses expire on December 31 of even-numbered years. Renewal is free for those who renew on time. Those who let their licenses expire may need to retrain and retest as determined on a case-by-case basis through the Board of Nursing.
|Campbell County Memorial Hospital||501 South Burma Avenue||Gillette||WY||82716||307-682-8811||Website|
|Cheyenne Regional Medical Center||214 East 23rd Street||Cheyenne||WY||82001||307-634-2273||Not Available|
|Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Medical Center||2360 East Pershing Boulevard||Cheyenne||WY||82001||307-778-7550||Website|
|Community Hospital||2000 Campbell Drive||Torrington||WY||82240||307-532-4181||Website|
|Crook County Medical Services District||713 Oak Street||Sundance||WY||82729||307-283-3501||Website|
|Elkhorn Valley Rehabilitation Hospital||5715 East 2nd Street||Casper||WY||82609||307-265-0005||Not Available|
|Evanston Regional Hospital||190 Arrowhead Drive||Evanston||WY||82930||307-789-3636||Website|
|Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital||150 East Arapahoe Street||Thermopolis||WY||82443||307-864-3121||Website|
|Ivinson Memorial Hospital||255 North 30th Street||Laramie||WY||82072||307-742-2141||Website|
|Johnson County Healthcare Center||497 West Lott Street||Buffalo||WY||82834||307-684-5521||Website|
|Lander Regional Hospital||1320 Bishop Randall Drive||Lander||WY||82520||307-332-4420||Website|
|Memorial Hospital Of Carbon County||2221 West Elm Street||Rawlins||WY||82301||307-324-2221||Website|
|Memorial Hospital Of Converse County||111 South Fifth Street||Douglas||WY||82633||307-358-2122||Website|
|Memorial Hospital Of Sweetwater County||1200 College Drive||Rock Springs||WY||82901||307-362-3711||Website|
|Mountain View Regional Hospital||6550 East Second Street||Casper||WY||82609||307-995-8100||Not Available|
|Niobrara Health And Life Center||921 Ballencee Avenue||Lusk||WY||82225||307-334-4000||Website|
|North Big Horn Hospital District||1115 Lane 12||Lovell||WY||82431||307-548-5203||Website|
|Platte County Memorial Hospital||201 14th Street||Wheatland||WY||82201||307-322-3636||Website|
|Powell Valley Healthcare||777 Avenue 'H'||Powell||WY||82435||307-754-2267||Website|
|Riverton Memorial Hospital||2100 West Sunset Drive||Riverton||WY||82501||307-856-4161||Website|