Maryland CNA Qualifications and Regulations
The state regulations on Certified Nursing Assistants in Maryland are a bit more complicated than other states. Due to state law, in order for healthcare personnel to work as a nurse aide or assistant in a Maryland nursing home or assisted living center, they are required to be certified not only as a CNA, but also as a Geriatric Nursing Assistant, or GNA. This type of certification is not so different from the CNA and state protocol makes it simple for CNA candidates to receive both types of certification through the same process. In order to protect CNAs who were unaware of the distinction, work as a GNA is allowed for up to 120 days without the appropriate certified nursing assistant certification, so long as you are a registered CNA in good standing with the state. State-approved training programs require at least 100 hours of training, with some of these spent in a clinical setting at a licensed Maryland nursing home, though the exact number is not specified between CNA and GNA. In order to take the certification test, the CNA training program must have been completed within the past 12 months or else retaken. Other possible qualifications are for students of nursing or nursing graduates. Maryland allows nursing students to take the certification exam with the inclusion of program or school transcripts and proof of training. The state requires a renewal of certification every two years as well.
The average CNA working in Maryland receives a salary around $27,000. This is extremely high among other CNAs working in this country, well above the national average. The pay-scale varies, lowest at around $22,800 per year and highest at $31,000 per year. The state’s high wage can be accounted for the additional, mandatory training, which produces more technically-skilled and knowledgeable healthcare professionals. The more education you receive, the more you can expect for compensation. Given the state’s small size, work opportunities abound but so does competition for positions. Because Maryland holds its nursing homes to higher standards, the treatment of both patients and employees are improved. The application fee for certification on the Maryland Nurse Aide Registry is $20 and the necessary renewal every two years has a $40 fee. There is a $95 fee to take both parts of the certification exam, which will often be included in the price of your training program’s tuition. CNA courses are widely available at nursing homes, hospital, community and technical colleges, or other healthcare institutions.