A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is responsible for basic patient care but must be supervised either by a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Other responsibilities of a CNA include transferring of patients, measuring and recording vital signs, etc.
classroom instruction and laboratory work. These CNA training classes are available in the following institutions in Southern Nevada: College of Southern Nevada, Grover C. Dils Medical Center, The Milan Institute, Pahrump Health & Rehab, Progressive Healthcare Training Center, Purrfect Nursing Services, East Career and Technical Academy, Pahrump Valley High School, Southeast Career & Technical Academy, Southwest Career & Technical Academy, and West Career & Technical. In Northern Nevada, on the other hand, CNA training classes are available at Fernley High School, Great Basin College, The Milan Institute, Mount Grant General Hospital, Mountain View Health & Rehabilitation, Pershing General Hospital, Sierra Nevada Job Corps, South Lyon Medical Center, Truckee Meadows Community College, Western Nevada College, Battle Mountain High School, Dayton High School, Silver Stage High School, White Pine County High School, and Yerington High School. These classes usually cost anywhere between $500 to $2,000.
After completing any of the approved CNA training classes in Nevada, the next step would be taking the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination. The NNAAP exam must be passed within 2 years of completing CNA training and can only be taken 3 times. Exam cost is around $170. Furthermore, the NNAAP exam is conducted in 3 cities in Nevada: Elko, Las Vegas, and Reno. Once passed, your name will automatically be registered with the Nevada State Board of Nursing. For CNAs who are certified in other states and wishes to practice in Nevada, it is no longer necessary to re-take the NNAAP examination. However, he or she will have to submit a CNA endorsement from each of the state that he or she has worked as a CNA.
Nevada, in fact, is one of the 3 states that offer the highest salaries to CNAs. The starting pay for CNAs in Nevada can reach up to $30,000 per year. More experienced CNAs are even said to earn an average of around $38,000 per year. Also, an estimated 30% increase in demand for CNAs in Nevada can be expected according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation.