Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Professionals
Whether you need a Medicare skilled nursing facility for yourself or a loved one, understanding the qualifications of your caregivers can provide peace of mind throughout your stay. Here, we’ll break down the training, educating, and certification or licensure process for the nursing professionals here at Santé.
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are qualified to assist with activities of daily living. CNAs must complete a two-week training course and pass a background screen before they can take the certification exam. The exam consists of both a written portion and a practical portion, during which they must demonstrate the skills they’ve learned. Some CNAs with additional training are also qualified to administer medications or work in departments like physical or restorative therapy.
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) administer medications and treatments. In order to become an LPN, a nurse must take general education courses and then apply to a one- to two-year nursing program. Once accepted, the nurse completes the program and passes an exam administered by the State Board of Nursing before he or she can provide care as an LPN. LPNs must receive ongoing education throughout their career in order to keep their license current.
Some LPNs have additional certifications such as wound care, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, or IV management. These certifications require attendance in a course and completion of a certification exam and must be renewed at set intervals.
Registered Nurses (RNs) may work with patients or in management or office roles. RNs have general education credits along with the completion of a two- to four-year nursing program. When an RN finishes their education, they hold either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, and are still required to pass the board-administered exam before they can practice. In addition, they need continuing education credits every year in order to renew their license. Some Registered Nurses have additional credentials such as Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, or Trauma Nursing Core Course.
To learn more about the caring nursing professionals at our Medicare skilled nursing facility visit us at Sante today.