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Restorative nursing training is available to certified nurse aides (CNAs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs) who are licensed with a state board of nursing. Restorative nurses work in nursing homes and other long-term care settings.
Restorative nurse training helps nurses enhance their ability to implement specialized care for patients. The Oklahoma Association for Health Care Providers (OAHCP) offers a 16-hour clinical training program for nurses. They are trained in amputation and prosthetics care, grooming, bed mobility and walking, patient transfer techniques and how to schedule toilet programs. As part of continuing education for CNAs in Oregon, aides have the option to receive 40 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction and 40 hours clinical training to become a restorative care CNA.
In Illinois, the state requires RNs and LPNs who work in restorative nursing to complete training in the area. The certificate they earn from training is required under the Illinois Administrative Code. Restorative nurse training such as the OAHCP is open to licensed CNAs, RNs and LPNs. The OAHCP program also leads to a certificate.
As of October 2010, the OAHCP training course was $85 for nurses who are sponsored by a nursing facility and $110 for nurses who are not sponsored by a nursing facility. Capital City Training Center, located on the Lincoln Land Community College campus in Springfield, Illinois offers an eight-day restorative nursing training course for $625.
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