For inquiries call 1-800-852-0518
information on how to become a nurse aide in Pennsylvania and to receive a
booklet titled Pennsylvania Nurse Aide
Candidate Handbook, phone the Credentia at 877-437-9587. This
easy to read booklet will give you general information about how to become a
nurse aide and sample test questions that will be asked during the testing
process. Further resources on nurse aide contact information are available for
A nurse aide who
is not enrolled or in good standing on the registry may not be employed in a
nursing care facility that receives Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement.
Facilities must verify that aides they employ or are considering for employment
are eligible for enrollment (or re-enrollment) as nurse aides and have no
record of resident abuse, neglect or misappropriation of residents personal
been made easier by the use of the Nurse Aide
Registry On-line which allows facilities to use the Internet to
check the status of any nurse aide on the registry.
Each month the
division receives over 100 allegations of abuse, neglect and misappropriation
of resident property by nursing aides working in nursing facilities. All
allegations are investigated and, if warranted, further action against the
nurse aide's registration is recommended.
Reporting and Investigation
Health regulations require nursing facilities to report all allegations of
abuse, neglect or misappropriation of resident property. Allegations are
immediately reported to one of the eight field offices of the Division of
Nursing Care Facilities. This is followed, within 5 days, by a written report
on the results of the facility's investigation.
If the abuse
involves a nurse aide listed on the Nurse Aide Registry, the field office would
conduct a review and forward the information to the Central Office of the
Division of Nursing Care Facilities. If sufficient evidence exists to support
that abuse occurred, the information would be forwarded to the Department of
Health, Nurse Aide Registry Abuse Committee for further action. If a
determination is made that the nurse aide is guilty of abuse, a notation is
made on the individual's file on the Nurse Aide Registry. This prohibits future
employment by that person in a nursing home.
If the abuse
investigation named another individual licensed by the Commonwealth, an
appropriate referral of the information would be made, such as a nurse would be
reported to the Department of State.