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Florida offers reciprocal registration for certified nursing assistants from other states. This means your training and registration from your current state allow you to register as a CNA in Florida and work without having to train again. The process is straightforward if the nursing board can verify your registration from your current state. If not, you must take and pass Florida's CNA exam before the nursing board can place you on the state's registry.
Applying for Reciprocity?
To transfer your CNA license to Florida, you must be currently licensed in your present state, listed in that state's CNA registry, and in good standing. You must not have been found guilty of abuse, neglect or exploitation. You can apply for a reciprocal license online on the website for the Florida Board of Nursing. The board also requires that you submit supporting documents, such as a certificate of completion from your CNA training program, and electronic fingerprints from a Livescan agent for a background check. If your background check is clear and your CNA license has been verified, the office will approve your application and add your name to Florida's list of registered CNAs.
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