CNAs and the Basics of Reciprocity

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So, just what exactly is reciprocity? Those who currently work in the allied healthcare field as CNAs (certified nursing assistants) or have plans to become a CNA will need to become very familiar with the concept of reciprocity. Knowing what reciprocity means is of the essence, especially in this modern day and age where people relocate to different regions more often than in the recent past.

Reciprocity is the multi-step process that permits CNAs who hold out-of-state certification to obtain a new CNA certificate in a receiving state, pending approval from the new state’s CNA registry or board of nursing. In other words, reciprocity agreements let CNAs officially transfer their certification from state to state. This allows CNAs to legally work as nursing assistants in their new home states.

In order to successfully complete the process of reciprocity and receive a CNA certificate from the new state of residence, a CNA will need to fulfill one or more state-specific requirements. The reciprocity process can be complicated at times because each state has different requirements for CNA training, clinical hours, continuing education (CEs), certification renewal, and so forth.

Pre-existing reciprocity agreements allow the different states to sort through variances in CNA certification requirements to more easily facilitate certificate transfers and fill healthcare job openings with qualified, experienced candidates. The vast majority of states in the U.S. have reciprocity policies in place for CNAs and other types of allied healthcare workers to transfer their certificates.

When would a CNA need to be concerned with the process of reciprocity? Well, a CNA who plans to move out of state needs to become familiar with reciprocity if he or she wants to obtain CNA certification in his or her new state of residence. Therefore, a CNA who intends to relocate to another state will need to start making preparations far in advance by looking up the CNA requirements in the new state.

Each state has individual laws and regulations regarding CNA certification. As a consequence, the state in which a nurse aide initially earned his or her CNA certification could quite possibly have some very different requirements for CNA training and continuing education than the state where he or she has plans to relocate.

In addition, the number of training hours required to become a CNA can drastically differ from state to state. As a classic example, the state of Alabama requires nurse aides to obtain 75 hours of occupational training to attain eligibility for certification as a CNA. The training hours are partitioned in the following way: 59 hours of class and return lab demonstration time, and 16 hours of hands-on clinical practicum externship.

Let’s consider the next scenario. A nurse aide who went to school and attained a CNA certification in Alabama ends up moving to the state of California several years down the line. Now an issue may have arisen since California requires more training hours to get a CNA certification than Alabama. California requires 160 hours of occupational training to become a CNA, more than double the 75 hours of training required by Alabama.

CNA training hours in California are partitioned in the following manner: 60 hours of classroom theory schooling along with 100 hours of hands-on clinical practicum externship. In this complicated situation, the CNA from Alabama who wants to move to California would fall short of exactly one hour of classroom theory schooling and a whopping 84 hours of clinical externship training.

In this case, the receiving state of California would utilize their pre-existing reciprocity agreement policies to determine whether or not to grant CNA certification to the nurse aide from Alabama. California’s reciprocity agreement entails policies to accept out-of-state nurse aides and grant them CNA certification if they can prove they have accrued at least two years of recent work experience as a CNA in the previous home state.

Other state boards of nursing might outright refuse to issue a CNA certificate to the nurse aide from Alabama, and consequently ask the person to complete additional nursing assistant training that fulfills the new state’s schooling requirements. Also, some states may opt to grant CNA certification to the nurse aide from Alabama due to his or her number of years of work experience as a nursing assistant.

Still, a few states may make the choice to grant a conditional or provisional CNA certification to the nurse aide from Alabama pending one or more specific requirements that will need to be met. The Alabama nurse aide may be required to complete additional schooling, submit proof of completion of specific continuing education or in-service coursework, or successfully challenge the CNA state test in the new state of residence.

The theme of this posting is the overall importance of empowering oneself with as much knowledge as possible about the reciprocity process for CNAs, especially if an out-of-state move is planned in the near or distant future. After all, knowledge is power. It would be a crying shame to struggle to secure employment in one’s new state of residence due to a lack of awareness regarding the process of CNA reciprocity.

Train to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in approximately two weeks at Legacy Healthcare Careers, a CNA School in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas. The staff at Legacy Healthcare Careers can be reached 24 hours a day at (682)626-5266 so prospective students can jump-start a life-transforming career change in the healthcare field.

Legacy Healthcare Careers delivers affordable, quality career training as well as job placement assistance. Pick up the telephone and call (682)626-5266 to enroll.

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Scholarships to Attend CNA School: the Health Occupations Scholarship Award

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The following announcement is intended for any persons in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area of Texas who are seeking financial help in the form of a partial tuition scholarship to attend a certified nursing assistant (CNA) training program. The Health Occupations Scholarship Award is definitely worth exploring further.

Provided by Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School, this scholarship fund has been made available to prospective students who are pursuing occupational healthcare training at this Dallas/Fort Worth area school. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and should have a desire to pursue a career in the healthcare field. Award winners receive partial-tuition scholarships including books, supplies and fees.

The scholarship awards are specifically for students who plan to enroll in nurse aide or other healthcare occupational training classes at Legacy Healthcare Careers. Prospective students may be enrolled in courses on a full time or part time basis. Students should also display dedication to the healthcare field and have a solid work ethic. Students must be or plan to be attending school at Legacy Healthcare Careers.

Submitting an application for scholarship award money is a fairly straightforward process. To apply, visit the school’s website (www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com) and scroll down to submit a scholarship application. In addition, the scholarship application can be accessed directly by clicking or copying and pasting the following link into a web browser: http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-4595340/scholarship-application

The award amounts are $250, $100 and $50. Three scholarship awards will be granted every month. During the application process, students will be required to write a short one-paragraph essay that contains a detailed explanation on their reasons for entering the healthcare field. Prospective students who apply for a scholarship must also follow up by meeting with the school’s director for a tour of the school.

Scholarship winners will be selected on the basis and quality of the essay submissions. Winners will be notified via phone. This scholarship is only available to prospective students who enroll in one of Legacy Healthcare Careers’ health occupational training programs. Call (682)313-6404 for questions or any additional information.

Are you considering a career in the healthcare industry? Do you have the follow-through and motivation to do it? A career as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) is an amazing point of entry into the healthcare sector. A healthcare career as a CNA provides the ultimate foundation to almost any individual’s future in the health sciences. 

Legacy Healthcare Careers delivers several high quality CNA programs. In addition, the school intends to offer state-approved medication aide training in the spring of 2019 at our Fort Worth Mid-Cities area campus. Call (682)626-5266 or the 24-hour hotline at (682)313-6404 for additional information. This is a golden opportunity. Do not pass it up.

Completely Online CNA Programs: A Word to the Wise

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Let’s address this complicated issue head-on: modern day life is ridiculously busy! Most busy adults are juggling employment, family time, a social life and other aspects of their lives to strike some sort of balance. These time-consuming facets of life do not leave all that much time to attend school full-time, especially in a classroom setting.

After all, who has time to sit in a classroom for several hours per day? After working hard for eight to twelve hours all day long, does any sane person really want to spend the rest of the evening or all weekend long in a classroom setting? Most people would rather be at home where they can wind down, chill out, relax, eat a home-cooked meal or spend a few precious hours with the ones they love the most.

However, many people are unsatisfied with their current jobs. Some people may even hate their jobs with a passion! Therefore, the thought of returning to school to prepare for a career change has often crossed their minds. While these folks may mentally dance with the idea of going back to school, the reality of it often involves giving up multiple evenings or weekends to spend time in a classroom. Again, who really has time for that?

Ah, but there appears to be a solution that can be integrated into peoples’ busy lifestyles: online classes! In addition, many people want to enter the nursing profession due to the potential of steady pay and abundant job opportunities, so they search the internet for online healthcare career programs that can be completed in the comfort of one’s home.

Here is a word to the wise. Regardless of any fancy advertisements you may have seen, you cannot become a nurse completely online. You cannot become a CNA completely online. In fact, no state board of nursing in existence will allow students to become nurses totally online for one very simple reason: no one can truly learn to provide hands-on nursing care to patients without actually touching any patients.

The large number of online nursing degree programs that are advertised on the internet have been designed for people who are already licensed nurses (LPN or RN). These online nursing programs allow licensed nurses to pursue higher education and earn additional nursing degrees from a college or university while keeping their full time jobs.

For instance, an RN with an associates degree can complete an online bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN). However, she first had to complete her associates of science degree in nursing (ASN) face to face in a class setting before qualifying for admission to the online BSN program. All state boards of nursing require nursing students to amass a certain number of classroom and clinical practicum hours in order to graduate.

Think about it. Would you want a nurse with no patient care experience whatsoever to take care of you or your loved ones? A nurse whose only schooling was online classes never received hands-on training in patient care. All nurses must complete a clinical practicum externship that entails spending many hours in hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare settings where they learn to provide hands-on care to real patients.

It is a similar situation with nursing assistant training. For instance, the state of Texas requires prospective nurse aides to complete a 100-hour CNA program that is comprised of 60 class and return demonstration lab hours as well as 40 clinical externship hours. This clinical externship occurs in a healthcare facility where students deliver hands-on care to patients. This is how nurse aide students learn to become CNAs.

In a nutshell, completely online CNA programs do not exist, at least in the state of Texas where 100 hours of face to face instruction are required. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. The goal of this piece is to help readers and prevent them from being scammed by unscrupulous online businesses that claim to offer online CNA school. If this posting helps just one student out there, it will have been worth it to us.

Do you have the motivation to change your career? The 7-day CNA program at Legacy Healthcare Careers offers state-approved career training to become a nursing assistant in approximately one week. Call (682)626-5266 to enroll at Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School now! Classes start soon.

Positive Thoughts for Students Who Think They Cannot Do It (Part One)

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Many prospective students who want to return to school are held back by an intricate framework of negative thoughts about themselves and their capabilities. In too many instances, these negative thoughts probably evolved due to prior experiences in a school setting that may have been embarrassing, low-quality, or reminiscent of failure.

Sometimes these persistently negative thoughts have arisen due to pessimistic statements made by extended family members, spouses, partners, friends or some other unsupportive individual in their lives. It is even more unfortunate when the seeds of doubt are planted by the very same people in our lives that we seemingly expect to care about us the most.

With all of the negativity in our lives, sometimes it is an uphill battle to truly believe in our abilities to accomplish our goals. The mental voice in our framework of inner thoughts tends to speak to us more loudly than any other person. Nonetheless, believing in oneself and insisting that our goals can be accomplished is always a positive thing.

We should never feel that we do not deserve success for ourselves and those we love. We should never feel that we do not deserve to enjoy the type of life that we envision ourselves living. Keep plugging away at what you want, and common sense dictates that eventually you will obtain what you want. However, you must change your thoughts in order to change your life.

POSITIVE THOUGHT NUMBER ONE: “I am proud of all the things I have accomplished up to this point.”

All accomplishments are noteworthy and should be celebrated, regardless of how small or petty they may seem at the present time. These achievements may include parenthood, child rearing, escaping from an abusive situation, accrual of five years of service on the job, and so forth. Each life experience contributes to the complex person we are today. In other words, do not be afraid to take pride in every accomplishment regardless of how insignificant it may seem.

POSITIVE THOUGHT NUMBER TWO: “I truly believe in the individual that I want to become.”

In order to create a better future, a person must first formulate a clear mental picture of a brighter future so he or she can constantly envision it. This mental picture may or may not entail a person with a strong degree of self-confidence who has stability and an awesome career that pays enough to support one’s immediate family. Whatever the case, a person needs to fully believe in the individual that he or she aspires to become.

POSITIVE THOUGHT NUMBER THREE: “I am deserving of the dreams that I have for myself and my family.”

The people who accomplish their goals and dreams generally have some character traits in common such as tenacity, grit, perseverance, confidence and assertiveness. They tend to believe that they actually deserve to succeed, so they go after their goals with an eagerness that often goes unrivaled. Once you start to believe that you are seriously deserving of the dreams that you have for you and your family, the likelihood of turning those dreams into reality increases by leaps and bounds.

Do you want to make positive changes in your life and career prospects? The 7-day CNA program at Legacy Healthcare Careers provides state-approved training that trains you to become a nursing assistant in approximately one week. Call (682)626-5266 to enroll now. Classes start soon.

Also, Legacy Healthcare Careers intends to offer certified medication aide training classes to prospective students in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area who are already employed as CNAs or direct care staff workers. Call (682)626-5266 for more details.

Reasons to Consider a Healthcare Career (Part Six)

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NOTE: This piece is the sixth and final post in a comprehensive six-part essay that attempts to bring light to some of the predominant reasons a person should seriously think about carving out a career pathway in the booming healthcare industry. Click here to read the first essayClick here to read the second part, and click here for part three. Meanwhile, click here for parts four and five.

The healthcare industry is absolutely booming in many geographical regions across the country. Therefore, it would make common sense that this large field would be saturated with countless job opportunities, as well as the potential for measurable growth in the long term. However, an individual needs to have enough tenacity and persistent follow-through abilities in order to enter the ranks of the healthcare industry.

Nonetheless, plenty of perks and positive aspects await the people who possess the perseverance to pursue healthcare as a career choice. A number of truly compelling reasons exist for traveling down a career pathway in the healthcare field. Parts one, two, three, four and five of this six-part series listed plenty of reasons to obtain a healthcare occupation. Keep reading to find out added info regarding even more of these reasons.

REASON 16: Entry-level healthcare jobs offer superb chances for career advancement.

An individual who enters the healthcare industry as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) can make the choice to attain additional education and occupational training to advance his or her career. A CNA can become either a medication aide (also known as a medication technician), patient care technician, phlebotomy technician, or certified medical assistant.

CNAs can also keep climbing the educational ladder to become a licensed practical /vocational nurse (LPN /LVN), registered nurse (RN), dialysis technician, medical technologist, medical lab technician, certified pharmacy technician, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructor, or any number of other interesting roles in the vast healthcare sector.

People in healthcare also qualify for vertical and lateral promotions. For instance, an astute nurse aide can be promoted to a staffing coordinator or central supply manager at many skilled nursing facilities. After all, a sizable number of healthcare facilities prefer to promote good employees rather than recruit talented people externally. When it comes to career advancement in the healthcare field, the sky is truly the limit!

REASON 17: Healthcare is an industry that is expanding at a fast pace.

The healthcare industry is rapidly expanding due to a number of factors, including the large wave of older persons that belong to the Baby Boomer generation who are aging and requiring health services in ever-increasing numbers. Also, the number of people in the general population is increasing in many geographical areas due to birth rates, relocation patterns, and so forth.

All of the aforementioned reasons result in grand openings and /or expansion projects of hospitals and other types of healthcare centers to meet the increased demand from potential patients and clients. If the population in a particular city is increasing at a fast pace, healthcare facilities need to be built to accommodate all the potential people who will eventually seek care.

REASON 18: A healthcare career can personally fulfill employees.

Many healthcare workers and providers find that a career in the healthcare field is personally fulfilling. When working in some healthcare roles, there can often be very intimate involvement in some of life’s most transforming moments. Some of these moments include childbirth, impending death, and everything in between. For some healthcare workers, the fulfillment they receive is invigorating in the best way possible.

Call the Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School at (682)626-5266 to ask about enrolling in either the 7-day CNA program, the 2-week CNA class, or the 3-week CNA course in the Dallas /Fort Worth area of Texas. It is your choice. In addition, feel free to visit the school’s informative website at www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com to find out more information about the school’s affordable nurse aide training programs. Jump-start your legacy!

Reasons to Consider a Healthcare Career (Part Five)

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NOTE: This piece is the fifth in a six-part essay that aims to further explore many of the key reasons to seriously think about paving a career pathway in the healthcare field. Click here to read the first blog post in this seriesClick here to read part two, and click right here to read part three. Finally, click here for parts four and sixEnjoy!

There’s a whole host of undeniably great reasons to fit a healthcare occupation into one’s future career aspirations. Parts onetwo, three and four of this six-part series of postings brought some desperately needed light upon a number of compelling reasons to consider a dynamic career in the healthcare sector.

Moreover, there’s more great news. This is due to the fact that some additional reasons exist for entering the ranks of the burgeoning healthcare industry. Continue reading to find out even more information about the myriad of wonderful reasons to have a healthcare career in the 21st century. This career information may or may not transform someone’s professional and personal life for the better.

REASON THIRTEEN: Healthcare workers tend to have comfortable, nice workplace environments.

The working environments of most healthcare workers are rather desirable places of employment due to cleanliness and image grooming for the public. The majority of people who work in the healthcare field report to places of employment that are cleaned on a routine basis, ergonomically designed for comfort, climate-controlled and welcoming to employees, patients, vendors and visitors.

A nice workplace environment is something a healthcare worker should be extremely thankful and grateful for. After all, think about the masses of hard-working ditch diggers, construction workers, mail carriers, long distance truck drivers and farm workers who toil outdoors in the extreme heat, heavy rain, high winds, snow, hail, sleet, freezing conditions, and all types of other inclement weather conditions.

REASON FOURTEEN: Healthcare workers have the opportunity to own a business.

One of the most alluring aspects about becoming a healthcare worker is the opportunity to own one’s business. Most healthcare workers will inevitably work for other people as employees of various companies. However, many individuals in the healthcare industry eventually own and operate their places of business. All it takes is an entrepreneurial spirit and some solid business sense to turn one’s dreams of business ownership into an awesome reality.

Healthcare workers and providers who own their businesses include the countless physicians who own their clinics and private practices, as well as the nurses who own and operate medical supply stores and med spas. Some home health aides and medical assistants utilize their work experience to successfully own and operate private duty personal care agencies. Meanwhile, some pharmacists own consulting firms and/or private pharmacies.

The ultimate appeal of becoming one’s own boss is a magnetic aspect that attracts many new entrants to the healthcare industry. A person could feasibly establish his or her own hours of business operations, run every aspect of the business, purchase or lease office space or a storefront, or even manage some types of businesses from home. In fact, many consulting firms and online businesses are owned and operated directly out of a spare bedroom in the owner’s home.

Even though owning and operating a business can induce anxiety at first, it is a highly popular route to travel. The sheer amount of flexibility and control that comes with owning a business can be mind-blowing. In addition, not every individual is cut out to be someone else’s employee. Some people are actually more appropriate for business ownership due to personality traits that make entrepreneurship a more suitable choice from which to generate a livelihood.

REASON FIFTEEN: Healthcare workers can work virtually anywhere.

Healthcare workers can work in almost any geographic region where health services are needed. After all, infants continue to be born in all 50 states, so the obstetrics profession is in demand in all 50 states. People continue to be terminally ill in all 50 states, so the reality of impending death results in job openings for healthcare workers in the hospice and palliative care sub-specialties.

People need healthcare at all stages in the circle of life from the moment they are born until the day they die. Infants, children, adolescents, young adults, middle aged people and senior citizens will all need care from healthcare workers at various points in their respective lifespans. This translates into an exciting array of employment opportunities in the healthcare sector regardless of one’s geographic location.

Place a telephone call to Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School at (682)626-5266 to enroll in either the 7-day CNA program, the 2-week CNA class, or the 3-week CNA course in the Dallas /Fort Worth area of Texas. Additionally, feel free to visit the school’s informative website at www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com to gather more information about the affordable nurse aide training programs. Jump-start your legacy!

 

 

Reasons to Consider a Healthcare Career (Part Four)

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NOTE: This piece is the fourth in a six-part essay that seeks to cast some light on the top reasons to think about entering a healthcare career pathway. Click here to read the first essay. Click here to read the second part, and click right here to read part three. Click here for parts five and six.

A number of amazing reasons exist for integrating a healthcare career into one’s future career plans. The overwhelming majority of people cannot lose out by becoming a part of the healthcare industry, regardless of their current skill level or prior educational attainment. Inexperienced entry-level workers are very much welcomed in healthcare, and so are the highly experienced career changers.

Parts one, two, three, five and six and of this six-part essay arguably succeeded at shedding some light on good reasons to think about selecting a career in the healthcare sector. Guess what? There are some additional reasons for joining the ranks of the healthcare sector. Continue reading to find out more about these fantastic reasons to become a healthcare worker in the near future.

REASON 10: The healthcare sector has a refreshing array of variety.

It has been previously said that “variety is the spice of life.” Healthcare contains plenty of variety that keeps things interesting for those who work in this booming industry. The healthcare industry is home to a number of diverse and fulfilling career pathways. There are healthcare careers that involve direct hands-on patient care, managerial duties, scientific research, administration, consultative services, educational instruction, and innovation.

Healthcare workers can work in a multitude of workplace settings. Healthcare workers can be found working in healthcare environments such as acute care hospitals, skilled nursing home facilities, insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, jails, prisons, personal care group homes, colleges, the military, schools, and hospice. Healthcare workers also secure employment with the federal government, home health companies, clinics, physicians offices, elementary schools, and infusion centers.

REASON 11: Healthcare sector occupations have good opportunities for career progression.

Career progression, also known as career mobility, is a great process in which workers climb up the different rungs of the economic ladder in order to to earn higher pay and achieve more occupational prestige. For instance, a nursing assistant can go back to school to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN), licensed vocational nurse (LVN), registered nurse (RN) or advanced practice nurse (APN).

A certified pharmacy technician can go to pharmacy school to pursue a lucrative career as a pharmacist, and a physician’s assistant (PA-C) can attend medical school to become a licensed physician who works in any number of great medical specialties. There are many more examples of career progression in the healthcare field.

In addition, the healthcare field has always welcomed entrants who have clear-cut aspirations of advancing their careers. In general, nurse managers love it when a patient care assistant expresses the desire to return to college part-time to become a nurse. Nursing home administrators are often supportive of employees who opt to take additional coursework to become licensed nursing facility administrators.

REASON 12: Healthcare workers play key roles to help clients improve and get better.

Healthcare workers play an integral role in assisting clients to improve their outcomes. Essentially, most types of healthcare workers help clients improve and heal, whether it is through direct patient care or more indirect methods. It is important that patients who enter the healthcare system start feeling better and improving as soon as humanly possible, and healthcare workers use their skills to facilitate these improvements.

Patients progress more optimally when an interdisciplinary team of healthcare workers and providers contribute to their care because each worker brings a different type of expertise to the table. For example, physicians diagnose and treat disease processes while nurses plan the care of their patients. Pharmacists do a number of important things to enhance compliance to medication regimens. Nursing assistants provide direct hands-on care while communicating changes in the patients’ statuses.

This is a gentle reminder that if you are in the Dallas /Fort Worth area of Texas, you can transform your life in only 7 days by training at Legacy Healthcare Careers to become a nursing assistant through our 7-day CNA program. Call Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School at (682)626-5266 to enroll in either the 7-day CNA program, the 2-week CNA class, or the 3-week CNA class.

You can also visit the school’s website at www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com to apply online and/or collect additional info on the affordable, high quality nurse aide training programs that are offered. Now is the perfect time to jump-start your legacy…