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Avera Certified Nursing Assistant On-line Training Solutions

Nursing Assistant Training Program

Instructions

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Part 1

Nursing AssistantChapter 1: Introduction to Health Care

Chapter 2: The Nursing Assistant

Chapter 3: Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Chapter 4: Relating to Your Patients

Chapter 5: Infection Control

Chapter 6: Environmental Safety, Accident Prevention and Disaster Plans

Chapter 7: Emergency Situations

Chapter 19: Restorative Care and Rehabilitation

Part 2

NurseChapter 8: Body Systems and Common Diseases

Chapter 9: Vital Signs

Chapter 10: Positioning, Moving and Ambulation

Chapter 11: Admission, Transfer and Discharge

Chapter 12: The Patient's Environment

Chapter 13: Hygiene and Grooming

Chapter 14: Special Skin Care

Chapter 15: Nutrition

Chapter 16: Elimination Needs

Chapter 17: Specimen Collection and Testing

Chapter 18: Am and PM Care

Chapter 20: Additional Patient Care Procedures

Chapter 21: Preoperative and Postoperative Care

Chapter 22: Subacute Care

Chapter 23: Special Skills in Long-Term Care

Video Handouts

Chapter 24: Death and Dying

Learning Activity Review

Final Exam

Final Exam

Students must receive a minimum score of 75% to pass the exam. Exam may be retaken until the score or 75% or higher is reached. After exam is completed with passing grade please fill out the program evaluation and present that to your facilities supplemental instructor.

F & Q

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

 

 

How do I enroll a student in the Avera CNA On-Line Training Solutions program?

Contact Avera Education & Staffing Solutions (AESS) by phone (605-668-8475) or email ( averasolutions@avera.org ). AESS staff will enroll the student in either the Avera CNA On-Line Training Solutions or on-site classroom Nursing Assistant Training Program. AESS staff will direct you through an on-line registration process. 

 

Do I have to have a computer to take this training?

Yes; all students are required to have access to a computer (with sound and video capabilities, and Adobe Acrobat 9 – or later) for various components of the training.  Thirty-two (32) hours are a combination of on-line modules, assigned reading in a text book, and assigned skills and activities.  Eight (8) hours will be skills learning/review in a laboratory setting.  Thirty-five (35) hours will be facility-based clinical instruction.

 

Tell me more about the clinical component of the Avera CNA On-Line Training Solutions Program.

If you are employed, a Supplemental Instructor based in your facility is responsible to ensure you complete 35 hours of clinical training in a direct care setting in addition to the 40 hours of didactic education.

This person may also conduct the 8 hours of skills learning/review completed in the laboratory setting. 

If you are not employed and are taking the course as an independent student, the AESS instructor will provide the 8 hours of skills learning/review in a laboratory setting AND the 35 hours of clinical training in a direct care environment.

 

How do I begin the Avera CNA On-Line Training Solutions Program?

Read the Avera CNA On-Line Training Solutions© program overview and syllabus which outlines the training program.  You will be referred to corresponding textbook chapters.  The textbook you will be using is:  Pulliam, JoLynn. The Nursing Assistant: Acute, Subacute, and Long-Term Care (5th Edition).  New Jersey:  Prentice Hall, 2011.  ISBN: 0132622556.   This textbook has an optional workbook that is not a required component of the Avera CNA On-Line Training Solutions© program.  However, you or your employer may wish to purchase it as an additional training tool to reinforce instruction.

 

How do I begin the Avera CNA On-Line Training Solutions Program?

A link will be provided to you or your employer via e-mail to the Avera CNA On-Line Training Solutions© program.  This link and its password will be active for your use for 90 days.  The introductory section of the program will provide guidance on how to work through the textbook chapters, work through on-line modules, take and print out quizzes and tests, and how to transmit this information to AESS.  PLEASE NOTE:  due to the size of the learning module files, each module may take a few moments to download onto your computer workstation. 

 

What materials are required for the course?

The following are materials required for participation/completion of the Avera CNA On-Line Training Solutions:

  1. The Nursing Assistant:  Acute, Subacute, and Long-Term Care (5th Edition) by JoLynn Pulliam (Prentice Hall, 2011 ISBN: 0132622556)
  2. The South Dakota CNA Candidate Handbook (SD Health Care Association and D&S Diversified Technologies, dba: Headmaster, Version 57 09/12).
  3. A computer with internet, Adobe Acrobat 9 – or later, and sound and video capabilities

 

Who do I contact if I have questions regarding the material covered in the Avera CNA On-Line Training Solutions?

If you are employed in a healthcare facility, the first person to talk with is the nurse in your facility identified as the Staff Development/Supplemental Instructor.  This individual will oversee your training.  Should you and the Supplemental Instructor require further clarification, contact the Primary Instructor at Avera Education & Staffing Solutions at 605-668-8475 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00

p.m. Monday – Friday.  You may submit your question to averasolutions@avera.org to the attention of CNA Training Programs.

If you are an independent student, you will be working directly with the AESS Primary Instructor and will follow the same process of either a telephone call or e-mail communication. 

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ry effort will be made to respond to your question as soon as possible; all questions will receive a response within 24 hours (excluding weekends).

 

Who do I contact if I have technical difficulties with the on-line modules?

If you are employed in a healthcare facility, the first person to talk with is the nurse in your facility identified as the Staff Development/Supplemental Instructor. S/he will assist you or will contact the appropriate individual/department that works with computers to resolve the issues you may be facing.  If further technical assistance is needed specific to the web-based programming, please contact Avera Education & Staffing Solutions at 605-668-8475 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. You may submit your inquiry to averasolutions@avera.org to the attention of CNA Training Programs.

If yo

u are an independent student, you will be working directly with the AESS Primary Instructor and will follow the same process of either a telephone call or e-mail communication.

Every effort will be made to respond to your question as soon as possible; all questions will receive a response within 24 hours (excluding weekends).

 

Upon completing the essential elements of the 75 hour Avera CNA On-Line Training Solutions program, what is my next step to becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant?

If you are employed by a healthcare facility the Staff Development/Supplemental Instructor will arrange for you to take the Certified Nursing Assistant Competency Evaluation Exam administered through Headmaster.  If you are an independent student, you will work with the AESS Primary Instructor to arrange for this Exam.

 

What does the CNA Competency Evaluation Exam involve?

The Exam consists of two parts:  A knowledge test administered on the computer and proctored by either the Staff Development/ Supplemental Instructor in your facility OR by the AESS Primary Instructor at our location.  This portion of the Exam consists of 75 randomly presented, multiple choice questions to ascertain your understanding of the knowledge necessary to be a successful Certified Nursing Assistant.  The second part of the Exam tests your knowledge of the 26 essential skills required of a Certified Nursing Assistant.  It consists of five randomly selected skills you must perform correctly in a laboratory setting before the Exam proctor to demonstrate your competency with these required skills.  The complete list of skills to be mastered can be found at www.SDHCA.org 

STUDENTS MUST RECEIVE A MINIMUM SCORE OF 75% CORRECT ANSWERS TO PASS THE EXAM.

 

How can I get a copy of the South Dakota CNA Handbook that includes the 26 skills used on the skills exam?

The South Dakota CNA Handbook can be found and downloaded from the South Dakota Health Care Association website, www.SDHCA.org

 

What paperwork do I need to provide in order to register for the Exam?

The following documents must be completed and submitted to your Staff Development/Supplemental Instructor or the AESS Primary Instructor:

  1. Eligibility Verification
  2. Completed Avera CNA On-Line Training Solutions© Training Document Form signed by your staff development/ supplemental instructor.

 

What if I don’t pass one or both parts of the CNA Competency Evaluation Exam (computer and/or skills exam)?

The Competency Evaluation Exam (computer and skills exam) may be taken a total of three times.  In the case of facility-based students unable to successfully pass both the computer and skills exam, the Staff Development/ Supplemental Instructor is to contact the SD Department of Health to determine whether the student may be remediated and then retake the exam.  The student may retake the computer exam no more than three times, or must be reenrolled into the Avera CNA On-Line Training Solutions© program.  Please note:  individuals with learning disabilities must bring this to the attention of their instructor prior to taking the CNA Competency Evaluation Exam.

 

Once I pass the CNA Competency Evaluation Exam, what do I need to do to start working as a Certified Nursing Assistant?

The South Dakota Board of Nursing (SDBON) maintains an official registry of all certified nursing assistants qualified to provide patient care services in nursing facilities in South Dakota.  Once the student successfully passes the CNA Competency Evaluation Exam, the student’s name and status is added to the registry (http://doh.sd.gov/boards/nursing/).   Once your name is listed on the Registry, including your certificate number, you are able to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in South Dakota.  All questions related to your status on the registry are to be directed to the SD Board of Nursing.  

 

Do I have to renew my certification? 

Yes; you must renew your certification every 2 years.  Please visit the SDBON website to review specific requirements (http://doh.sd.gov/boards/nursing/). 

 

Am I allowed to work in a nursing facility when I am training to become a CNA?

If you are enrolled in a nursing assistant training program you can work as a nursing assistant for up the 4 months in a nursing facility without being certified. 

 

How long can I wait to take the CNA Competency Evaluation Exam after I complete the Avera CNA On-Line Training Solutions program?

You must take the CNA Competency Evaluation Exam (computer and skills exam) within 24 months of completion of the Avera CNA On-Line Training Solutions© program. 

Nebraska Abuse & Neglect

Nebraska Students Only - Abuse & Neglect

Nebraska students are required to complete the Nebraska Abuse & Neglect portion of the On-Line CNA Training Program to meet the Nebraska requirements to be a certified CNA. (Reviewed: 2014)

 

Handouts

 

Required Forms - (Please turn into AESS upon completion)

 

Quiz

  • Quiz

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1000 West 4th Street, Suite 9
Yankton, SD  57078