Becoming a nurse aide in the US requires specific qualifications. However, each state has different legal peculiarities and registry requirements for such medical workers. In Texas, for example, you must undergo a developed nursing training, take an evaluation competency program, and then successfully pass the final exam. But most importantly, you need to obtain a valid Nurse Aide Registry. Hereunder, we will tell you more about the legal norms and requirements regarding NAR.
Neither federal law nor state rules require a minimum education level to become an NA. Suppose you already possess an NA certificate issued in a different state, you may complete the Nurse Aide Registry 5505-NAR Form and qualify for a Texas HHS registration by a reciprocity right.
Remember that even if you have a valid NA Certificate, the deciding board will still have to check if your NAR registry is active. We suggest you get acquainted with the following registry status info before you proceed to complete the form.
There are several registry types as follows:
This registry type implies that an individual is no longer employable due to specific reasons, including an allegation of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation.
The NA should contact the respective HHS department every two years to verify their eligibility status. The verification process implies completing a 24-hour course of in-service education. If the NA fails to do so in time, their registration will no longer be valid.
In this case, the nurse aide will be considered unemployable in the EMR.
“Active” is the proper registry type. It means that a particular NA has never been accused of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation possesses a valid certificate, and is eligible in any licensed Texas nursing facility.
Make sure you obtain the latest version of the NAR 5505 application form. We suggest you use our newest software tools and developments to edit the necessary form template. You can also fill out the form online.
Before submitting your personal data, make sure you have registered in the Nurse Aide Testing Credential Management System. After completing all registration procedures, enter your identification number at the top of the document (as shown in the picture).
Underneath the ID number line, you will see a set of instructions leading you through the form completion. Please make sure to read them carefully. Hereunder, we have outlined the most important ones for your convenience:
Begin completing Section 1 by submitting your full name (last name, first name, and middle initial). Provide your maiden name as well, if applicable. Insert your Social Security Number (SSN) and indicate your sex, date of birth, and contact email address.
The next set of boxes implies that you enter your residential address, including city, state, zip code, and area code. Additionally, you need to provide your contact daytime telephone and cell number.
Indicate the state that has issued your Nurse Aide Certificate. Then, enter the document’s number and the issue date in the corresponding boxes. Once you complete the required certificate information, check the submitted data, sign the form, and put the current calendar date.
As we have already mentioned, the state authorities are responsible for filling out Section 2 of the Nurse Aide Registry 5505-NAR Form. However, you have to make sure that all indicated data is true to the facts and accurate.
You will see your registry date, certificate number, expiration date, and the applied registration method at the top of the Section. Part two of the application form will state whether you have been involved in any kind of abuse, neglect, or personal property misappropriation. Make sure to remember the expiration date and reconfirm your registry every now and then.
The responsible NAR representative will have to fill out their legal name, title, agency, state, date, and sign the paper. An official signature or the state seal must be affixed on the right-hand side (as shown below).
One should know that providing misleading information and falsifying the NA Certificate will lead to legal prosecution (up to 10 years of imprisonment and a 10,000-dollar fine).
Once you receive a filled out Section 2 of the NA application form, you should mail the document, along with a copy of your ID, Social Security card, and criminal history record. Please note that if you have ever changed your legal name, the security services will have to issue criminal history records of all your existing legal names.
Send the form by first-class mail or get it delivered by a courier service to the address indicated at the back of the application form.