A State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) in Kentucky is called a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) in other states.
SRNAs are health professionals who offer nursing care services to older residents. A State Registered Nurse Aide is not a licensed healthcare professional, but the individual has undergone an approved training and competency exam program.
What Are the Typical Responsibilities of an SRNA?
A State Registered Nurse Aide assists patients with direct health care needs, often under a Registered Nurse’s direction. The typical responsibilities include:
- Helping patients with daily activities.
- Checking vital signs.
- Lifting and moving patients.
- Serving meals and feeding patients.
- Keeping the environment clean and sanitized.
- Communicating with family members, doctors, and the healthcare team.
- Providing emotional and physical support.
- Setting up medical equipment and helping with some medical procedures.
- Monitoring changes in a patient’s behavior.
Where Does an SRNA Typically Work?
Nursing homes, adult care facilities, and other post-acute care settings are the most typical places where State Registered Nurse Aides work.
Other healthcare settings including:
- Long-term residential facilities.
- Rehabilitation centers.
- Adult daycare centers.
What Are the Requirements to Become an SRNA?
1. Nursing students who successfully finished a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nursing Education program within the previous year can take the competency examination without undergoing nurse aide training.
2. Candidates must attend a school that offers an SRNA training program, consisting of approximately 75 hours of training.
3. Candidates must meet the following prerequisites:
- Valid federal or state photo ID.
- A high school diploma or GED.
- Unlaminated social security card.
- Proof of current immunizations and health examination.
- Proof of current chest x-ray.
- Pass a criminal background check.
4. Complete SRNA Training.
5. Pass the Competency Evaluation Examination.
6. After completing the NATCEP successfully, your name will be added to the state’s nurse aide registry.
What Are the Benefits of Working as an SRNA
An opportunity to make a difference
SRNA helps patients with essential services carry out daily tasks they struggle to complete, including bathing, dressing, eating, changing bed linen, and getting in and out of bed.
A career as a State Registered Nurse Aide provides an enriching experience for people who want to help the elderly, impact lives, and a job that doesn’t require earning a degree. It is also perfect for people that want job stability and opportunities to grow.
Earn more for being flexible
SRNAs are paid more for working at night, weekends, and overtime. If you find the work hours comfortable, you can have more time off for family or pursue additional education.
What is the Average Pay for an SRNA?
Pay for SRNAs in Kentucky varies according to skill level, location, and years of experience. On average, SRNAs earn an average of $27.26 per hour, $4,725 per month, and $56,703 annually, according to ZipRecruiter. (Although with IntelyCare, SRNAs can earn 25% more than that!) Some other important factors that affect the pay are the number of hours you work weekly and your location.
Looking to Become an SRNA?
The job of a State Registered Nurse Aide is rewarding, challenging, and fast-paced. If you wish to become one, prepare for busy work hours as there is never a dull moment. Honing your professional skills will help you bring your best and give the best care to patients. Continuous learning will help you grow professionally and position you for career advancement. Be a patient listener, use your communication skills, and find a job that allows you to maintain a work/life balance.
Ready to Work as an SRNA on Your Own Terms?
Whether your an SRNA or a CNA, there’s a way for you to build a career with a real work-life balance. Join the IntelyCare team today to find out about our flexible scheduling and other work-life benefits.