In the United States of America, the federal law has mandated every state, including Maine to maintain a Registry of Certified Nurse Aides. The CNA Registry Maine is maintained in accordance to the state law and statues, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA-87), and ME board of nursing requirements.
ME Nurse Aide Registry Aim
The primary aim of the ME registry is to enlist these nurse aides who have met state and OBRA-87 approved CNA training requirements and clinical hands-on experience, passed the competency evaluation test and are eligible to work meeting state and federal requirements.
Therefore, if you are aiming to get listed with the CNA Registry Maine, you must submit documentary evidence that you have completed state and federal approved 180 hours nurse aide training program. But, it is also necessary to remember that the state and federal law also allows you to work as a CNA for 4 months in a long term care facility till you fulfill your listing requirements.
Employers can also hire only these nurse aides that are in good standing with the Registry.
There are various functions that are performed by the CNA Registry Maine and they can be summed up as follows:
- Answer to inquiries wanted by the public, health care providers, individual nurse aides and from other state registries.
- Record and maintain information on CNAs related to criminal conviction and substantiated complaints as mandated by the state and federal law, for public safety.
- Furnish information to nurse aides, regarding state and federal demanded employment restrictions, set registry eligibility for employments and take part in the appeals hearings.
- Provide information on becoming a nurse aide after completion of the state required training program including:
- Arrange for the competency testing of CNAs through a independent contracted testing agency that have not worked within past two years or not completed state required training hours.
- Set requirements for the CNAs to take the Bridge program (though requirement for completing a Bridge course has been removed currently), and provide the list of eligible candidates to the Department of Education.
- Set eligibility of nurse aides to complete the Medication Aide (CNA-M) Standardized Medication Course as mandated by the ME state Board of Nursing (MSBON).