Congratulations! You’ve taken steps to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. You’ve chosen a program, completed the necessary training, obtained your certification, completed your interview, landed a job, or taken steps to start your own business. You’re official. You’re coming upon your two-year anniversary as a CNA, and now you’re wondering what’s next. You’re in luck; we’ve listed a bit of that information below.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
CNAs in Florida must complete 24 in-service hours every two years; a minimum of 12 hours of in-service training every calendar year. You will want to stay on top of all the programs and in-service hours required to maintain your CNA status. The CEUs include:
Medical Record Documentation and Legal Aspects for CNAs
Communication with Cognitively impaired clients
CPR skills (FL requires that this course be taken in a live setting) and
Medical Error Prevention and Safety
Some of these in-service hours may also be required by employers, so it is a good idea to ask about this during your interview.
In Florida, a CNA license is only valid for two years. To be eligible for renewal at the end of the two-year renewal cycle, as a CNA, you must perform paid services within the last 24 consecutive months to remain on the registry. Failure to renew your license on time can cost you your job, business if you’ve started one, and all the hard work you’ve put into your career as a CNA.
What Happens If You Miss the Deadline?
After all of the dedication that you’ve given to the process of becoming a CNA, we suggest you take steps to ensure you are aware of the expiration date on your certification. Missing the deadline can result in harsh consequences. According to the Florida Board of Nursing, failure to renew your certification by midnight of the expiration date will result in your certificate becoming delinquent. Should this happen, you will not be able to work as a CNA until the certification is renewed. You will need to take specific steps to renew your license after they have expired.
You will need to meet the work and in-service training requirements.
You will need to pay the original renewal fee and a delinquency fee.
Additionally, suppose the certification is not renewed by the expiration date. In that case, it will become null and void, and you will have to retake the CNA examination to be certified in Florida. Remember that licensees who have become null and void or voluntarily given up their CNA license must reapply and meet the current state requirements.
We know that you’ve worked hard to become a great CNA and are determined to excel in your nursing career. We are here to give any information and answer questions you may have for your next steps at any phase of the process.
Nurse Resource Training Center is now a CEU Provider. Classes will be available starting near the summer of 2023 and can be taken at the training center to meet the 24-hour requirement.
*Please note. You will need to upload documents to CE Broker. Courses can be found here at https://courses.cebroker.com/search/fl/certified-nursing-assistant. Feel free to contact us for more details.
What are the next steps?
Schedule a Tour at Nurse Resource Training Center LLC
Complete an Enrollment Application
Sign up for a course. Use Code "CNA200" for $200.00 off.
Evening Course (6 Weeks)
Weekend Course (10 Weeks)
Graduate (Go You!)
Start your new career as a Certified Nursing Assistant!
When is the next course?
Nursing Assistant Evening Classes
Evening Session 2022
6-Week Evening Session
Evening Session 5
September 30 - November 17
Evening Classroom/Skills Lab and Clinical Schedule
This is a 6-week program.
Monday – Thursday/ (Occasional Friday): Classroom/ Lab: 4:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Monday – Friday: Clinical: 4:00 pm-10:30 pm
Nurse Sharena Beard, MSN, RN
Founder of Nurse Resource Training Center LLC