Certified Nurse Aide
The main role of a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) is to provide basic care to patients and assist them in daily activities that include bathing, dressing, feeding and taking vital signs. The role of a CNA may not seem glamorous but is extremely essential in long term care. Compassionate individuals with a deep desire to care for others are needed to fill these positions. Because they know the residents in their care the best, they are in the best position to make the greatest difference in the quality of life of the residents in their care. Education & Experience:A CNA must complete a state approved nurse aide training program, pass the nurse aide competency evaluation consisting of both a written and a skills test, and be listed in good standing as a CNA on the Idaho Nurse Aide Registry. A nurse aide training program consists of a minimum of 80 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of clinical training. The training program must be approved by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
A Medication Assistant- Certified (MA-C) is a certified nurse aide (CNA) who has completed additional training and demonstrated competency while dispensing medications and applying or administering treatments under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse. The MA-C assists the professional nursing staff in assuring that the right medications and treatments are administered timely to residents.
Education & Experience:
A MA-C must complete a state-approved CNA training program before applying to the MA-C training program. The MA-C training program consists of at least 20 hours of training to include 80 hours of classroom instructions and 40 hours of supervised practicum. The training program must be approved by the Idaho Board of Nursing and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. A MA-C must also pass a competency evaluation program consisting of a written test and be listed in good standing as a CNA on the Idaho CNA Registry.
Licensed Practical Nurse