Certified Nursing Assistants
Welcome to the Direct Care Worker (DCW) home page. As a direct care worker, you are responsible for the care provided to thousands of individuals who are clients, patients, residents, or tenants in health care facilities throughout the State of Iowa. On a daily basis, you and your coworkers provide assistance with daily activities, administer medications, and ease the burden for Iowa's elderly and persons with disabilities.
This page is devoted to individuals who, on a daily basis, provide up to 80 percent of the hands-on care for residents in Iowa long-term care facilities and other settings. Direct care workers, such as certified nursing assistants (CNAs), home health aides, nutritional assistants and others, will find useful information available on this page. A list of DCW Frequently Asked Questions is available here.
Iowa Direct Care Worker Registry
If you are a direct care worker who is certified as a nursing assistant, you may access your personal home page on the Iowa Direct Care Worker Registry. Once you have signed into the Registry, you may make changes to your name and contact information, as well as print out a CNA identification card. It is important that you keep your personal information current. If you need assistance logging into the Registry, you may contact Registry staff by e-mailing Greg.DeMoss@dia.iowa.gov, or calling (515) 281-4077.
DIA Administrative Rules
The Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) has adopted administrative rules that detail the training requirements for certified nursing assistants, certified medication aides, and nutritional assistants. A copy of the Department’s administrative rules [481 IAC 58] can be viewed here.
Directions for Accessing the Nurse Aide Registry
The Department has created a simple informational piece explaining how a Certified Nursing Assistant can access his or her Registry status.
DCW Registry Application
The Iowa CareGivers (IC), founded in 1992, is an Iowa-based, independent nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that exists to ensure that Iowans of all ages and abilities receive good care and support when and where they need and want it by ensuring a stable direct care/service workforce. IC programs are tailored to those who work in direct care and include statewide and regional educational conferences, professional networking, advocacy, newsletters, leadership and mentor training, and scholarships. In addition, the IC has played a key role in working with the state, private donors like Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation and Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, and others to help develop, promote, and offer the state-recognized, competency-based Prepare to Care curriculum and Mouth Care Matters oral health curriculum, the first specialty under Prepare to Care. To learn more about Iowa CareGivers and its programs visit Iowa CareGivers online and sign up for the Hub, a free newsletter to keep informed on various programs and activities related to direct care.
Next Iowa CareGivers Statewide Conference is April 10 & 11, 2017 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. Visit Iowa CareGivers online or call 515-729-9729 for more information.
National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA)
The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) is the professional association dedicated to Certified Nursing Assistants and Assisted Living Caregivers. Established in 1995, NAHCA’s mission is to elevate the professional standing of those it serves through recognition, advocacy, and education while building a stronger alliance with healthcare providers to maximize success and the delivery of quality care. In 2010, NAHCA introduced the NAHCA Virtual Campus of Care (NVCC) which provides access for all caregivers to state-of-the-art online learning. The curriculum designed for the NVCC was developed with caregivers in mind providing compliance courses, professional development and advanced certification training. NVCC is more than education; it is a resource for caregivers and a consultant for staff educators. For more information, visit www.nahcacares.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iowa Direct Care Workforce Initiative
The Iowa Direct Care Workforce Initiative, led by the Iowa Department of Public Health, is a project to improve direct care professional education and ensure a qualified and stable direct care workforce in Iowa. The Department is currently conducting a pilot project of the training and credentialing recommendations of the legislatively-directed Direct Care Worker Advisory Council. This website is updated regularly and provides information about the Initiative, the Council, and ways to get involved in the project. For more information about the Workforce Initiative, visit the Iowa Department of Public Health’s web site.