Become a CNA in New Jersey
By Susan Maphis, allied health world contributing writer
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Becoming a CNA in New Jersey
Called a Certified Nurse Aide in New Jersey, and Certified Nursing Assistant in other jurisdictions, this profession is often the best way to find out if the field of nursing is for you. CNAs handle daily care of patients in hospitals, assisted-living facilities, and long-term care facilities. They support a patient's physical and emotional needs, and work under the supervision of nurses and other medical staff. A CNA's job can be the most rewarding, as it provides the most patient contact of any medical staff person. In New Jersey, CNAs can make up to $36,000 annually, an increase of $8000 over what CNAs across the country average in a year.
How to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant in New Jersey
- The state of New Jersey does not require nurse’s aides to gain certification in order to be able to work in an acute care hospital. However, to open up job possibilities in long term care facilities, long term care units of hospitals, and sub-acute units of hospitals, the state recommends all nurses aides in New Jersey receive training and become certified with the state. The state requires a state-approved nurse aide in long-term care facilities training course in order to become a Certified Nurse Aide.
- During the time you are enrolled in a New Jersey Nurse Aide Training Program, you will most likely be given the CBI (Criminal Background Investigation) application and fingerprint appointment forms. Once completed, you should give the pink copy of the form to your instructor, keep the blue copy for yourself, and mail the yellow copy to:
PO Box 359
Trenton , NJ 08625-0359
The pink copy also acts as your authorization to work for up to 120 days.
- Pearson VUE provides testing for New Jersey Nurse Aides. The exam application is at www.asisvcs.com/publications/pdf/063111.pdf. This application also has an affidavit that your training instructor must sign to say that you have passed the nurses aide training. Nurse Aides in the state must take the Skills Examination and English (or Spanish) Oral Exam, which costs $86. Passing the exam will list you on the New Jersey Nurse Aide and Personal Care Assistant registry.
- More information on regulations and guidelines can be found through:
NA/PCA Certification Program
PO Box 358
Trenton, NJ 08625-0358