Nurse Certifications and Skilled Nursing Caregivers

Certifications are a vital part of ensuring schedulers have the credentialled nursing staff and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) they need. Nursing certification is different for each state, and ShiftMed requires nurses and CNAs to upload specific documentation via the ShiftMed app. For example:

  • CNAs, LPNs, and RNs seeking ShiftMed work in the State of New York must have their professional license through the state. They must also upload a passport, driver’s license or photo ID, and Social Security card to complete I9 verification. Other required documentation includes a 1-step PPD, 2-step PPD or TB blood test (completed within the last year) or chest x-ray (completed within the last five years); physical results (completed within the last year); and an I-9. Please Note: CPR certification is also required for those with an LPN/RN license, as is MMR documentation regarding your immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. Our partners are interested in your experience working as a CNA, LPN, or RN, and we require your resume.
  • CNAs, LPNs, and RNs seeking ShiftMed work in the State of Georgia must have a professional license through the state. They must also upload identification (passport, driver’s license or photo ID, and Social Security card to complete I9 verification). Other required documentation includes a 1-step PPD, 2-step PPD or TB blood test (completed within the last year) or chest x-ray (completed within the last five years); physical results (completed within the last year); and an I-9. Please Note: Those with LPN/RN license must also submit CPR certification and a resume. All must undergo a background check (for those without a current Georgia Fingerprint Background check, we will schedule you to get one completed.
  • STNAs, LPNs, and RNs seeking work through ShiftMed in the State of Ohio must have a professional license through the state. They must also upload identification (passport, driver’s license or photo ID, and Social Security card to complete I9 verification). Other required documentation includes a 1-step PPD, 2-step PPD or TB blood test (completed within the last year) or chest x-ray (completed within the last five years); physical results (completed within the last year); and an I-9. Please Note: Additional requirements include a resume and CPR certification (for those with an LPN/RN license) and a background check (if you have a prior BCI Ohio Background check or a receipt for search confirmation).
  • CNAs, GNAs, LPNs, and RNs interesting in working through ShiftMed in Washington, DC (Maryland side) must have professional licensure through the State of Maryland and must upload identification (passport, driver’s license, or photo ID, and Social Security card to complete I9 verification). Other required documentation includes a 1-step PPD, 2-step PPD or TB blood test (completed within the last year) or chest x-ray (completed within the last five years); physical results (completed within the last year); and an I-9. Please Note: Additional requirements for those with LPN/RN licenses include CPR and a resume.
  • CNAs, LPNs, and RNs interested in working through ShiftMed in the State of Illinois must have a professional license through the state. They must also upload identification (passport, driver’s license or photo ID, and Social Security card to complete I9 verification). Other required documentation includes a 1-step PPD, 2-step PPD or TB blood test (completed within the last year) or chest x-ray (completed within the last five years); physical results (completed within the last year); and an I-9. Please Note: The State of Illinois also requires CPR, two supervisory references, and a resume for those holding an LPN/RN license.
  • CNAs, LPNs, and RNs interested in working through ShiftMed in the State of Indiana must hold their professional license or certification through the state. They must also upload identification (passport, driver’s license or photo ID, and Social Security card to complete I9 verification). Other required documentation includes a 1-step PPD, 2-step PPD or TB blood test (completed within the last year) or chest x-ray (completed within the last five years); physical results (completed within the last year); and an I-9. Please Note: All nurses and CNAs must have CPR certification, and those holding an LPN/RN license must also provide a resume. ShiftMed is unable to hire home health assistants (HHAs) in the State of Indiana.
  • CNAs, GNAs, LPNs, and RNs interested in working through ShiftMed in the State of Maryland must have a professional license or certification through the state. They must also upload identification (passport, driver’s license or photo ID, and Social Security card to complete I9 verification). Other required documentation includes a 1-step PPD, 2-step PPD or TB blood test (completed within the last year) or chest x-ray (completed within the last five years); physical results (completed within the last year); and an I-9. Please Note: Those who hold an LPN/RN license must have CPR certification and submit a resume.
  • CNAs, LPNs, and RNs interested in working through ShiftMed in the State of Michigan must have a professional license or certification through the state. They must upload identification (passport, driver’s license or photo ID, and Social Security card to complete I9 verification). Other required documentation includes a 1-step PPD, 2-step PPD or TB blood test (completed within the last year) or chest x-ray (completed within the last five years); physical results (completed within the last year); and an I-9. Please Note: Those with LPN/RN licenses must have CPR and provide a resume. All must undergo a background check (for those without a current Michigan Fingerprint Background check, we will schedule you to get one completed).
  • CNAs, LPNs, and RNs interested in working through ShiftMed in the State of Pennsylvania must have a professional license or certification through the state. They must also upload identification (passport, driver’s license or photo ID, and Social Security card to complete I9 verification). Other required documentation includes a 1-step PPD, 2-step PPD or TB blood test (completed within the last year) or chest x-ray (completed within the last five years); physical results (completed within the last year); and an I-9. Please Note: All applicants holding LPN/RN licenses must also upload CPR certification and a resume. And, anyone that does not have a 2-year residency in the state of PA will need to complete an FBI Background Check through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

More on CNAs and credentialing

Typical CNA duties include a mix of turning or repositioning patients, gathering and stocking supplies, monitoring and recording vital signs, responding to patient calls or alarms, bathing and toileting patients, documenting all patient information, feeding patients, measuring and recording patient food and liquid intake, and personal patient hygiene. Also, a CNA may clean rooms and bed linens, prepare rooms for admissions, help with medical procedures, dress wounds as needed, and assist patients with toileting.

  • CNA certification programs differ in format and occur in hospitals, community colleges, vocational or training schools, high schools, or online.
  • Program prerequisites include orientation, reading and math assessment or verification of high school diploma or GED, Red Cross criminal background check before registration, completion of a Red Cross physical form, and a TB test. Most programs require certification in both CPR and first aid. And while all classes require a mix of classroom and clinical hours, the number of clinical hours varies by state.
  • After completing classes and passing a final exam, students are added to the national CNA registry and can start applying for jobs immediately.

Interested in finding work that can increase your skillset and knowledge? A ShiftMed caregiver certification process takes a few weeks, and nurses must be certified in the state they work. ShiftMed is looking for certified nursing professionals across the country. Get started today!

Posted by ShiftMed Team

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