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LNA/MNA Continuing Competence

What is "Continuing Competency"?

What are the "Continuing Competence" requirements for an LNA?

What is a contact hour?

What is "Active in Practice"?

Who is responsible for keeping track of a LNA's contact hours?

What continuing education is acceptable as contact hours?

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What is "Continuing Competency"?

Continuing Competency is integrated learning by which a licensee gains, maintains or refines practice knowledge, skills, and abilities through a formal education program, continuing education, or clinical practice. This learning is expected to continue throughout the licensees’ career. Remaining active in your learning allows one to remain competent in your field of work.

Continuing Competence = Continuing Education Requirements + Active in Practice Requirements

What are the "Continuing Competence" requirements for an LNA?

24 contact hours, (12 per year) or competency testing (state test) completed within 2 years of date of application . . . and . . . 200 active in practice hours in 2 years immediately preceding date of application, or successful completion of a nursing assistant competency test (state test) completed within 2 years of  the date of application.

What is a contact hour?

One contact hour = 60 minutes of organized learning.

What is "Active in Practice"?

Active in practice is defined for an LNA as someone who has worked a minimum of 200 hours within the 2 years immediately preceding the date of expiration of the current license (preceding the date of application) or successful completion of nursing assistant competency test within 2 years of the date of application.

Who is responsible for keeping track of a LNA's contact hours?

It is the responsibility of the licensee (LNA) to keep track of their contact hours.

Contact hour documentation should be easily accessible if you have been chosen for audit by the Board of Nursing.

What continuing education is acceptable as contact hours?

Activities/topics eligible for continuing education can be found on the Continuing 
Competence web page
.

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