Becoming a CNA in Kansas
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Enrollment and Completion of CNA Classes in Kansas
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When you enroll for your CNA classes in Kansas, make sure that the program meets the requirements of the state health department and governing bodies of nursing careers to ensure that you will qualify to sit for the examination. Once you pass your nurse aide training program, you will need to preregister to take the licensing test so that you can be listed on the Kansas Nurse Aide Registry.
It is essential that you choose to enroll in a program that meets the minimum guidelines of the state department of health, as they are the schools that will qualify you to sit for the licensing examination. In Kansas, there requirements state that you have to be in attendance for a minimum of 90 hours. Half of the 90 hours will be spent in a classroom receiving textbook instruction learning medical terminology, strategies for sanitation, and how to be an emotional support for your clientelle in the medical setting.
The second part of your course is possibly the most essential. These hours will be spent receiving hands-on training in a medical environment performing the skills in a practical fashion on real patients and test subjects. Courses often will also include receiving your CPR certification, learning to change bedding, patient clothing, and how to help groom elderly or disabled residents under your care. Some of these skills will be on the licensing exam, so get the most out of each lesson that you can.
The Training will be rigorous, however within several weeks you will be finished. You will have acquired a new skill set, and you will be able to start looking for a new job. Your next step is going to be to sit for your board exam, and become certified as a CNA in Kansas.
CNA Testing Procedures and Applying for CNA Certification in Kansas
When you successfully finish your CNA training, you will be ready to sit for the Kansas state nursing exam. You will have to show your certificate of the completed class to register, and there are often fees associated with the test. The test is given in two sections, a written test and also a skills evaluation. You have to score a Seventy percent on each section to be added to the Kansas State Nurse Aide Registry
Some training schools are approved as testing sites, which make this process simple; however, some schools are not authorized to hold testing and you will need to visit an alternate location. There are fees associated with taking the exam and these are often due at the time that your registration. You will be informed of these by the agency when you set up your testing date. Bring along your state issued ID, graduation certificate, and fingerprint ID cards with you when you arrive for testing.
Dress comfortably for the exam, as it tends to take several hours, and you may want to arrive early to allow your nerves to settle and to permit yourself plenty of time to process your registration. The exam will be given to you in two parts. The first section you will need to master is the practical skills portion, which consists of five or six hands-on skills that you learned in your CNA training. These must be passed before you move on to the second section.
Next, you will take a 50-60 question multiple choice examination, and you need to earn a 70 percent mark in order to pass the test. If you do, then you will be officially declared a certified nurse aide, and your name will be included on the Kansas Nurse Aide Registry.
The workforce will be early awaiting you, as the demand for nurse aides is quite high in the state of Kansas, and this trend is projected to continue for the next decade.
As a nurse aide, you can find great jobs within retirement communities, hospitals, clinics, blood donation centers, and many other places that provide medical services to the community. Many people with CNA training in Kansas opt to work for a hospice care provider where they can work one-on-one with patients within their homes. Start by applying to jobs in our career database by creating a job profile.
The average CNA salary in Kansas pays around $22,000 for newly certified staff members according to the Kansas Labor Department, and graduates can expect to see an 18 percent increase in the demand for nurse aides statewide over the next decade
In order to further your education once you are a CNA, look into becoming a RN or LPN. You will find that your salary will double if not triple in these career fields.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the Kansas Nurse Aide Registry at:
Kansas Nurse Aide Registry
Curtis State Office Building
1000 SW Jackson
Topeka, Kansas 66612