How to avoid losing your CNA certification
After working so hard to achieve your CNA certification you wouldn’t want it to slip through your fingers over an incident that could have been avoided! CNA training programs tend to run on the expensive side (anywhere from $500 to $1,500) and can take several months to complete. With this type of educational investment you should take care not to lose your certification. If your certification gets revoked…your CNA days could be over.
Possible ways you could lose your CNA certification:
- Not following HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations may very well cause the revocation of your certification. HIPAA is a privacy act that protects patient information. Your state department of public health takes patient privacy VERY seriously! Do not share any information about your residents with your significant other or friends.
- Breaking health regulations as outlined by your state department of public health will also get your certification taken away. This includes following facility procedures, proper food handling techniques, and standards of personal hygiene.
- Abusing and neglecting patients will result in losing your certification.
- Being involved in any criminal or civil charges, your certification will at least be called into jeopardy. Stay out of trouble and keep your record clean. Enough said.
- Providing false information at the time of applying for the CNA classes and certification. You will be caught, your employer isn’t stupid. Think you can get away with it? Take a look at former Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson who was just fired for adding a little to his resume.
- Unemployed as a CNA for more than five years and you will probably need to be re-certified. Be careful though, some states have smaller time periods that this. For example, in Illinois you must work for at least eight hours as a CNA every two years in order to keep your certification current. Yo may have to pass a skills demonstration,retake the Competency Exam, and/or go through the CNA program a second time if your certification expires.
Long story short, be honest and ethical, make sure you work as a CNA, and follow all the rules and regulations of your employer and state department of public health.
Are you a CNA in Illinois? Check your status of your certification by visiting the Illinois Nurse Aide Registry.