Nominations, which must include documentation of sustained support for the CNA Certification Program, can be made by a current CNA-certified RN or certification candidate, or a group of CNA-certified RNs and/or candidates with the same employer. The following are examples of sustained support:
CNA certification credential mentioned in advertisements and/or job descriptions when recruiting for RNs.
Facility- or company-wide recognition of the achievements of CNA-certified RNs (e.g., award ceremony, newsletter, letter of recognition, plaque displaying the names of CNA-certified RNs).
Financial support for RNs taking their certification exams or obtaining certification renewal.
Provision of other types of compensation (e.g., pay differential, education leave for exam preparation, continuous learning support, purchase of resource materials, provision of study room).
Encouragement of RNs to act as mentors, either on a day-to-day basis with workplace colleagues or for the CNA Certification Mentorship Program.
Provision and/or support of mentorship study groups.
Support of professional participation on a CNA-certification examination committee or other examination development activities.
The deadline for receiving nominations with supporting documentation (preferably no more than five to six pages) is February 25, 2013. Electronic nominations will be accepted.
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