Atlantic Employee Screening has always prided itself on incredible customer service, and we’re consistently looking for ways to improve our technology. What better way than totally revamping the website you visit every time you run a background check? We’ve added interactive candidate and customer experiences, a frequently asked questions page, and so much more. Be certain to check our News section weekly: we’ll be uploading content often, making sure you and your team are up-to-date with industry news!
More than ever, Certified Nursing Assistants are in high demand. With COVID-19 changing the world around us, students must remain diligent on their own rather than depending on classes. That’s why we are so excited to be able to share the following information in a such a great time of need for caregivers. This guide was curated by professionals at the Premier Nursing Academy, and was written by Gwen Duzenberry.
Excerpted from the guide, here are some study tips that could assist you in making certain you pass the CNA certification test the first time around!
- Schedule study time: Passing your exam the first time is a priority, so don’t wait until the last minute to study. Set up a schedule and treat study time like an important appointment. Try to remove all distractions. Make sure you’re comfortable and able to focus.
- Take practice exams: CNA practice exams will help you understand the test’s format and structure. Taking practice exams gives you a chance to find out what material you know well and what you need to study more. Timing yourself can help you get a feel for the amount of time to spend on each section. CNA practice exams are available online, from Amazon, and at public libraries.
- Organize a study group: Try to get together with others who are also preparing to take the exam. As long as you stay focused on the topic for an agreed amount of time, study groups can be an effective way to prepare. If you can, find people who’ve taken the exam and are willing to talk to you. They can provide valuable information and tips.
- Explain your answers to others: Having to articulate your answers, and the reasoning behind them, is a great way to check the clarity and command you have of the information. If you don’t have a study group for this, use friends or your parents or sibling.
- Read it, write it, say it, repeat it: When you review the material, identify the key points, write them down, and read them out loud. Repeat several times. This method encompasses multiple learning modalities and is useful for many students.
- Create study aids: Simple bullet points, numbered lists, and flow charts can be helpful study tools.
Want more tips? The full guide is viewable here.
In the midst of COVID-19, we are beginning to accept appointments for livescan fingerprinting on June 1st, which will be necessary once you successfully pass the certification test! You can call our office or LiveChat us at your convenience.
For the moment, Atlantic has suspended Livescan Fingerprinting (Level 2 Screening) until at least May 4th, 2020. As this is subject to change due to COVID-19, the State of Florida released an announcement concerning those getting fingerprinted for the Agency of Health Care Association (AHCA). It is as follows:
To address the ability of facilities to hire staff at this critical time and recognizing the inability to obtain timely fingerprints for background screening, the Agency has issued Emergency Order AHCA No. 20-001, which expires 30 days from the date of the order. This order establishes the following guidelines for health care providers, Medicaid providers, and health care contractors all hereby referred to as “provider.”
When a criminal background check is required, a provider must first review the Clearinghouse Results Website to verify if the candidate has a current Level 2 screening.
If the candidate does not have a current Level 2 screening or the provider is not able to initiate an Agency Review or Resubmission on the candidate in the Clearinghouse Results Website, then the provider must make every effort to find a Livescan Service Provider that will process fingerprints for a Level 2 screening.
If the candidate is not in the Clearinghouse and they are unable to initiate Level 2 screening due to the inability to access a Livescan site to be fingerprinted, then the provider should follow the steps below:
- Conduct a Level 1 / State of Florida Criminal History Record Check through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s website, http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Criminal-History- Records/Florida-Checks and print a screenshot of the findings. Ensure that results do not include any offenses pursuant to Sections 408.809(4) and 435.04(2), Florida Statutes;
- Conduct a search for each candidate through the FDLE Career Offender Search database, http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/coflyer/home.asp and print a screenshot of the findings. Ensure that no results are found;
- Conduct a search for each candidate through the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website, https://www.nsopw.gov/ and print a screenshot of the findings. Ensure that no results are found;
- Comply with the attestation requirements, as set forth in Section 435.05(2), Florida Statutes;
- Place all of the above-mentioned documentation into the candidate’s HR file; and
- Once the Livescan Vendors resume normal business hours, a Level 2 screening must be initiated through the Care Provider Background Screening Clearinghouse as soon as Livescan services are available.
435.03 Level 1 screening standards.—
(1) All employees required by law to be screened pursuant to this section must undergo background screening as a condition of employment and continued employment which includes, but need not be limited to, employment history checks and statewide criminal correspondence checks through the Department of Law Enforcement, and a check of the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website, and may include local criminal records checks through local law enforcement agencies.
(2) Any person required by law to be screened pursuant to this section must not have an arrest awaiting final disposition, must not have been found guilty of, regardless of adjudication, or entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to, and must not have been adjudicated delinquent and the record has not been sealed or expunged for, any offense prohibited under s. 435.04(2) or similar law of another jurisdiction.
(3) The security background investigations under this section must ensure that no person subject to this section has been found guilty of, regardless of adjudication, or entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to, any offense that constitutes domestic violence as defined in s. 741.28, whether such act was committed in this state or in another jurisdiction.
The announcement comes after Mary C. Mayhew released suspensions concerning Livescan Fingerprinting. Signed on March 27th, the suspension is for 30 days, unless extended. For more information on this announcement, you can read the Order here. For questions, you can e-mail AHCA at BGScreen@ahca.myflorida.com.
Like the rest of the world, we’re closely monitoring the latest news about the Coronavirus pandemic. As a technology-based background screening company, we will continue to work without changes to any of our internal operations, whether from our office or remotely. In critical times like this, we want you to be able to count on us, which is why we are here to help.
If you are not familiar with Atlantic’s QuickApp service, it is a secure online invitation and application where the candidate can electronically sign authorization and disclosure forms by either e-mail or text message. With such technology, Atlantic offers the QuickApp as a way for you to resume recruitment and onboarding while maintaining social distancing.
Atlantic’s business continuity plan was created with carrying on our operations as usual. We are continuing to observe guidance from both local and national health officials and we will be sure to keep you in the loop amidst any sudden changes. Most importantly, our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone negatively affected by COVID-19.
As part of our ongoing commitment to provide solutions for all of your needs, Atlantic partners and integrates with many ATS/HRIS technologies, including:
Atlantic has recently added UltiPro, Kronos and greenhouse to a long list of interfaces that include iCIMS, SuccessFactors and several payroll systems. New services include Social Media Screening, Social Security Validation, PSP and expanded international screening capabilities to be your complete and compliant provider.
To offer you additional and convenient communication options, you can now text Atlantic’s customer service team at its toll free number 877-747-2104. Standard text messaging rates may apply.
Our state of the art background screening technology integrates with SAP SuccessFactors and is available today! Our A.I. technology automatically adjusts to where your applicant lives to ensure the application, releases and results are always in compliance with all state, county, city and Federal laws.