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What Is An SRNA or a State-Registered Nurse Aide?

You may see the title of this article and think, what is an SRNA? The term SRNA stands for State Registered Nurse Aides. SRNAs are health professionals who provide nursing care to older patients. SRNAs are not licensed healthcare professionals but go under training and exam programs. This term is used in Kentucky, but what is an SRNA in other states? An SRNA is a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in other states. This article will address any questions you may have and go in-depth about the responsibilities, requirements, and benefits of an SRNA.

If you’re interested in learning more, keep reading!

What Does SRNA Stand For?

As stated before, an SRNA stands for State Registered Nurse Aide. The term was primarily used in Kentucky when the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) became law in October 1990. SRNAs are the same thing as CNAs and nurse aides. 

What Do SRNAs Do?

SRNAs have a variety of responsibilities, similar to CNAs, but they focus on direct patient care. They’ve been put under a registered nurse’s (RN) direction. They have tasks such as helping patients with their daily activities, checking vitals, moving and lifting patients, serving and feeding patients, cleaning and sanitizing the environment, providing mental and physical support, setting up medical equipment, and monitoring patients’ health and behavior.

Where Does An SRNA Work?

SRNAs are usually found in nursing homes, adult-care facilities, home health, correctional institutions, rehabilitation centers, or other long-term care facilities.

An example of an SRNA job is working at a rehabilitation center as an aide, providing individual care under the direction of licensed nurses.

How To Become An SRNA, And What Are The Requirements?

The first step to becoming an SRNA is to provide your valid federal or state photo ID, a high school diploma or GED, social security card, proof of current immunizations, a health examination, and passing a criminal background check. 

You can take your courses online through an accredited SRNA training program. You may take a course that ranges up to 2-4 weeks. These courses will teach you how to perform high-quality care to your patients while under licensed nurse supervision. Students will learn basic nursing skills, infection control, safety, and patient/resident rights.

What Are The Benefits Of Being An SRNA?

Becoming an SRNA allows you to make a change in your community. By becoming an SRNA, you’re providing help to communities that need it most. You get to positively impact the lives of the patients you meet and care for. A job that doesn’t require earning a degree allows for a steady foundation for future opportunities to spark. If you want to pursue a nursing career, starting as an SRNA may be your best path. SRNAs also get paid more during night and weekend shifts. As well as granting more overtime. You can work with a flexible schedule as an SRNA.

What is the average salary for an SRNA? Based on skill level, location, and experience, you may earn up to $27.26 per hour. That is $4,725 per month and $56,703 annually. 

Are You Ready To Become An SRNA?

If you’re looking to get a good head start in your nursing career, becoming an SRNA may be your best choice. With many benefits, good pay, and no degree requirements becoming an SRNA makes for an excellent job.

Becoming an SRNA is rewarding, challenging, and fast-paced. If you’re looking for a beginning start in your career or want to advance your career further, register to become an SRNA today!


Booher, RN
Blog published on:
February 1, 2023

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