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training requirements for Mississippi

Regulatory Bodies

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH)
Mississippi Board of Nursing

Federal: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is a federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

  • Personal Care Assistant (PCA)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

State Specific Training Requirements

  • Mississippi does not have a specific PCA training program. Instead, personal care aides (PCAs) in Mississippi are trained on the job by their employers or through a training program offered by a home health agency. The topics covered in the training may vary depending on the agency or employer but may include: Communication skills; Basic hygiene and personal care skills; Infection control; Basic nutrition and meal preparation; Assisting with activities of daily living (ADLs); Safe transfer and ambulation techniques; Maintaining a safe and clean living environment; Recognizing and reporting changes in the client’s condition; Basic first aid and emergency response; Respect for client privacy and confidentiality.
  • For LPNs, the Mississippi Board of Nursing requires continuing education programs to include at least one hour in each of the following areas: Mississippi nursing practice law and rules; Patient safety; Patient rights; Documentation and legal aspects of nursing; Infection control; Pharmacology and medication administration; End-of-life care and pain management; Cultural competency and patient-centered care; Ethics and professional boundaries; Psychosocial dimensions of care; Professional development and leadership
  • It is important to note that the specific designations and requirements for home and health care workers in Mississippi may vary depending on the type of services being provided, the setting in which those services are provided, and other factors. Some home and health care agencies may require additional training or certifications beyond the minimum state requirements, depending on the specific services they provide and the needs of their clients.
  • Therefore, it’s important for home and health care providers and agencies to check with their employer or a Mississippi-approved training program to determine any additional training requirements that may apply to their job.

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