If you've gotten your certification and you're now a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) congratulations! You should be proud of yourself and your accomplishment. Now comes the hard part; finding a job as a CNA in a hospital or other healthcare facility.
If you’re lucky and you live in a State where there are plenty of CNA positions available great, you’re going to have a lot less work finding a position. If however you live in a State where there are fewer CNA jobs (or maybe almost none) you’re going to want to start looking in other states for work and that is going to require that you transfer your CNA license and certificate to whatever state that you eventually end up in. This can be a long and sometimes tedious process but it is absolutely vital if you want to work in a state other than the one where you got your certification.
Depending on the state you wish to move to you will have either 1 of 2 options.
- Option 1 is that you will be able to transfer your certificate without taking another exam because the 2 states have a reciprocity agreement in place. This means that the 2 states consider that your license is valid in either state.
- Option 2 is that you will have to take a state licensing exam and theoretical exam (and possible additional courses) because the state you are moving to does not reciprocate with the one where you were licensed.
Each of these 2 options comes with its own set of problems that you will have to overcome. If you are moving where there is a reciprocity agreement it is possible you can work while your license is being reassigned or you may have to wait until the process is complete to start work. With the 2nd of course you’ll need to study again to make sure you pass the new exams that you will be compelled to take. Before you decide on where you’re going make sure to check with the individual state’s licensing board to make sure what arrangements they have. If you’re not keen on waiting or taking more tests this information will be vital. Good luck.