Nurse Aide Registries in the United States

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What is the Nurse Aide Registry? It is a database used by the employers to verify a nurse aide’s status like eligibility to work in a certified nursing home. Eligibility includes whether the nurse aide meets the state’s required training and examination criteria or not. Apart from this the certified nurse aides could themselves ensure their active status on the registry list by staying in touch with the Nurse Aide Registry.

Nurse Aide Registry as the name suggests maintains the list of all certified nurse aides eligible to work in a particular state. In addition it is responsible for setting up the nurse aide training and the assessment programs. Each state has its own Nurse Aide Registry setup to perform the following chief functions:

  1. To maintain record of certified nurse aides for a specific state.
  2. To take care of the approval and monitoring of the nurse aide training programs.
  3. To prepare the competency assessment exams during the nurse aide certification.
  4. To renew the registration of the nurse aide from time to time.
  5. To maintain and update records of client abuse or neglect of patient property, and,
  6. To facilitate the reimbursement of the costs associated with nurse aide training and testing programs.


It is very important to be familiar with the state’s Nurse Aide Registry which serves important functions for a certified nursing aide or the certification seekers. Any person who has completed the nursing aide training program and also passed the state attitude test gets listed on the CNA registry. It is this registry that is constantly monitored by the employers to find the potential candidates who satisfy the training and testing requirements for the job of nursing aide. It is also important to maintain an active CNA registry status without any resident abuse or negligence charges. You must get your registry updated in case of any changes like name or address, which would also ensure you of receiving any important documents like the registration renewal forms sent by the registry. It is crucial to provide the correct address as failing it you would not receive the certification renewal forms.

A crucial question to be answered is how you could get the duplicate copy of CNA certificate. Well the answer is simple; the Nurse Aide Registry is in charge of issuing you one. The only conditions when a duplicate certificate copy is issued are when the original one has been accidentally destroyed, stolen, lost or the candidate has changed his/her name. Nurse aide registry also holds the power of revoking the nurse aide’s certification in cases of abuse, neglect or misappropriation of a client’s property. The nurse aide’s name along with the particular findings gets listed permanently on the registry.

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