A certified nurse aide helps care for ill, injured, disabled and/or infirm individuals in nursing homes. Under the supervision of nursing and medical staff, nurse aides answer patient 'call bells,' deliver messages, serve meals, make beds, and help patients eat, dress and bathe. Aides may provide skin care to patients, take temperatures, pulse and respiration, and help patients walk and get in and out of bed. Nurse aides observe patients' mental, physical and emotional conditions and report changes to the nursing and medical staff.
Applicants seeking to work as a certified nurse aide in a New York State nursing home must be certified for eligibility to do so with the New York State Nurse Aide Registry. Such certification may be done in conjunction with an appropriate training program or through a NYS nursing home employer.
There is no minimum age requirement.
Nurse aide applicants seeking to work in a New York State nursing home must complete a New York State-approved Nurse Aide Training Program.
All prospective certified nurse aides in New York State must pass both a New York State-approved Clinical Skills Performance Examination and a New York State Nurse Aide Competency Examination.
The Clinical Skills Examination requires successful performance of five randomly selected Nurse Aide skills. The written part of the New York State Nurse Aide Competency Examination consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and 10 reading comprehension questions. Examination score reports are sent in the mail approximately one week following completion of a scheduled test.
Since fiscal year 1989, there were 376,678 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of January 1, 2012, there were 97,908 active licenses for this occupation.
New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Professional Credentialing
875 Central Avenue
Albany, New York 12206
Phone: (518) 408-1297
Fax: (518) 408-1632
31-1014 - Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
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American Health Care Association
1201 L Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 842-4444
Fax: (202) 842-3860
Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.
This page was last updated on 9/12/12.
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