The Arizona State Board of Nursing Regulatory Model for CNAs Is Changing.
What is the difference between a CNA and a LNA?
Beginning July 1, 2016 a new law created two levels of Nursing Assistants in the state of Arizona. This table will explain the difference between a certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA).
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA)
|Successfully complete approved CNA nursing program||Successfully complete approved CNA nursing program|
|Successfully pass both written & manual examinations||Successfully pass both written & manual examinations|
|Does not submit fingerprints for criminal background check||Submits fingerprints for criminal background check.|
|Renews every 2 years in birth month||Renews every 2 years in birth month|
|Applies for CNA on Registry; No fee||Applies for LNA; Initial application $50; Fingerprint check $50; Each renewal $50|
|Registry of Nursing Assistant Status: CNA & any substantiated complaints||Registry of Nursing Assistant Status: LNA & any substantiated complaints/disciplinary actions taken|
|Is not a LNA||Is not a CNA|
|Limited Jurisdiction; investigated by Board of Nursing only for:
||Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction. Investigated by the Board of Nursing for unprofessional conduct, e.g. impairment, substance use/abuse, boundary issues, exploitation, etc.|
Dahn, Janeen. “Fingerprinting: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) vs. Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA)”. Arizona State Board of Nursing Regulatory Journal.”12.1(2016):10-12.
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