training requirements for New Mexico
New Mexico Department of Health, Division of Health Improvement, Home Health and Hospice Bureau
New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, Board of Nursing
New Mexico Human Services Department, Medical Assistance Division
Federal: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is a federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)..
- Personal Care Attendant (PCA)
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
State Specific Training Requirements
- In New Mexico, there is no specific PCA training program. However, the state does require that all personal care services workers (including PCAs) receive training in the following areas: Communication skills; Personal hygiene and grooming; Nutritional needs and meal planning; Basic housekeeping and home management; Health and safety in the home; Basic first aid and emergency procedures; Handling and disposal of biohazardous materials; Basic infection control techniques; Client rights and confidentiality.
- Annual CNA training addresses abuse and neglect prevention, infection control, safety and emergency procedures, communication, resident rights and independence, and other topics as required by the state.
- It is important to note that the specific designations and requirements for home and health care workers in New Mexico 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 New Mexico-approved training program to determine any additional training requirements that may apply to their job.