A nurse aide registry is an official listing of certified nurse aides. Each state has its own nurse aide registry, and employers use a state's registry to verify a nurse aide's certification status and eligibility. Nurse aides who are active on the registry have met that state's required training and examination criteria.
The purpose of a state’s nurse aide registry includes approving and monitoring all nurse aide training programs, designing the required competency evaluation test and maintaining a current record of all certified nurse aides. The registry is also responsible for maintaining records of client abuse, neglect or misappropriation of patient property.
A nurse aide must complete a nursing assistant training program and pass the state competency exam to become listed on the CNA registry. Employers check the registry listings to confirm that a potential employee satisfies the training and testing requirements for a particular job. Anyone seeking to work as a certified nursing assistant must have an active status on the CNA registry, and their record must be free of any charges of resident abuse, neglect or misappropriation.
Nurse aides must periodically renew their registration to maintain an active status on the registry list. With proper documentation, a state’s nurse aide registry may reimburse facilities or nurse aide students for costs associated with nurse aide training and testing programs.