Ohio Nurse Aide Registry

Ohio Nurse Aide Registry was established in compliance with Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA-87). The registry is maintained by the state’s Department of Health. It has the records of all certified nurse assistants authorized to practice in the state. In Ohio, the term ‘Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)’ is not used. The state calls nursing assistants as State Tested Nursing Assistants (STNA) after they have completed an approved training program and passed the certification test.

Nurse aide training programs approved by the state are at least 75 hours in duration, in which initial 16 hours are dedicated to classroom instructions and remaining hours are devoted to a combination of classroom instructions as well as clinical practice. Currently, around 447 nurse aide programs are running in the state. Candidates can enquire about approved nurse aide programs available in their region by contacting Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) at 614-752-8285.

The training program is followed by competency evaluation. It has two parts similar to training program: knowledge test and clinical assessment. In knowledge test, trainee is delivered multiple-choice questions related to theoretical coursework accomplished while training. In clinical assessment, candidate is assessed for practical nursing skills taught while the training. It is important to pass both parts of exam in order to get certified. Candidates have maximum three chances to pass the test that can be availed within 24 months from training.

The certificates are issued for a period of two years. It is mandatory to recertify in two-year cycles. Recertification requirements are governed by OBRA as well as Ohio Administrative Code. According to Ohio Administrative Code, it is must to practice nursing as nurse aide for at least 48 hours at a healthcare facility of the state for monetary compensation for recertifying. This must include at least seven and one-half hour of practice in single shift. Remember that W-2 forms are not acceptable as proof of monetary compensation by a facility.

The state allows a four-month grace period. If certification has been lapsed, it can be renewed by fourth month from expiration. Also, nursing facilities can employ a candidate, who is not registered into the registry and allow him/her to satisfy certification requirements while grace period. The facilities must request a criminal background check of a candidate employed as nurse aide within five business days from temporary appointment. Any findings of abuse, neglect, misappropriation of patient’s property, or mistreatment will disqualify a nurse aide from practicing in Ohio as well as all other states. The abuse registry is also maintained by the Division of Health Facilities.

When an individual is in process of certifying as nurse aide or maintaining the credential practicing in the state, he/she faces many instances when registry has to be contacted. The contact details of Ohio Nurse Aide Registry are as follows-

Address: – OH Nurse Aide Registry, OH Department of Health, 246 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215-2412
Fax: – 614-564-2461
Verification: – 614-752-9500, 800-582-5908
Website: – Ohio Nurse Aide Registry,
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