Given the recent recession, some Certified Nurse Assistants or CNAs, will need to make significant life changes in their employment. For some, opting to transfer to another state in order to secure work may be a good option.
Although the healthcare industry is mostly recession-proof, there are some instances that call for nursing professionals to transfer from one state to another. When this happens, nurses need to process transfers for their licenses if they want to continue practicing their professions in the new state.
Each state requires healthcare workers to have a local license and certification before they can start working in a healthcare facility within the state. However, some states have license reciprocity arrangements to make working in other states easier.
Where available, CNAs can apply for reciprocity arrangements for member states so they do not have to take the licensure examination in their new state of employment. Otherwise, the process can be time-consuming when an individual relocates to another state.
To complete the application for reciprocity, be ready for the following requirements:
- Application for Enrollment By Reciprocity
- Copy of your driver’s license
- Social security ID copy
- CNA state approval
- Paystub for proof of employment
Before sending your application, ask your local registry if these documents should be sent to the current state or the future home state. Some states require the current state registry to send the information instead of coming directly from the applicant.
Remember that reciprocity arrangement is not available in all states. Be sure to contact the local licensing authority of the future home state to understand all the requirements.
Guidelines In Transferring CNA License
Regardless of which state in the US you wish to transfer and continue practicing your profession as a CNA, you have to do the following:
- Get in touch with your current state’s Nurse Aide Registry early on to avoid any problems.
- Find out all you need to know regarding requirements and possible reciprocity arrangements between states before moving forward.
- Be ready with your required documentation including social security number, proof of employment, proof of education or CNA training, and a background check.
- For states without reciprocity, license holders might need to retake the licensure exam comprised of both clinical and theoretical parts.
- Just like in license renewal procedures, there are some states (especially those without reciprocity arrangements) that require a certain amount of clinical hours and continuing education before being re-issued a license.
- Complete all application forms and requirements.
Licenses are important and CNAs need them in order to work, legally. In order to maintain a stress-free work-related life, one must follow the guidelines to ensure everything is in order before transferring employment to another state.