Nurse Aide Background Check

Nurse aides are also known as nursing assistants, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), geriatric aides, unlicensed assistive personnel, orderlies or hospital attendants. Nurse aides conduct their daily activities under the supervision of nursing and medical staff, and are not permitted to perform many duties associated with nurses. An effective nurse aide background screening program will confirm that the individual is a CNA by checking the state nurse aide registry and also check for criminal history, sanctions and a history of endangering patients, drug theft and abuse. Organizations should periodically confirm that the nurse aide’s certification is in good standing. The screening program’s goal is to ensure patient and employee safety, and comply with state regulations.

HireRight Nurse Aide Background Check™

HireRight can customize a package of screening services based on best practices that help health care organizations mitigate risks to patient and employee safety, fines and penalties. The HireRight Nurse Aide Background Check™ may include these baseline services:

Identify an invalid Social Security Number (SSN) using information and number assignment methodology from the Social Security Administration (SSA). For any SSN issued before June 25, 2011, the HireRight Social Security Number Validation™ identifies the year and state of issuance and checks the SSA Death Index to help detect anomalies.

Identify the names and addresses associated with a Social Security Number (SSN) using credit bureau records. The HireRight Social Security Number Trace™ provides an applicant’s history of addresses based on where the applicant has established credit. This may provide more information for other screening services and can also help detect an incorrect SSN.

Identify whether applicants have a criminal record history in the jurisdiction corresponding to their address history. The HireRight Criminal, Felony and Misdemeanor Records Search™ helps to identify potential felony and misdemeanor criminal history by searching county court records where an applicant has resided.

Expand the investigation of an applicant’s criminal history by searching additional databases to locate potential criminal records data. HireRight Widescreen Plus™ enables organizations to conduct a wider search of an applicant’s potential criminal history by identifying possible criminal history records beyond an applicant’s known address history and stated work locations. Possible records are verified at the source before being reported.

Initiate a broader search of sex offender registries. The HireRight National Sex Offender Registry Search™ conducts a search via the National Sex Offender public website, which searches information about sex offenders for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and many U.S. tribes.

Ensure that you verify the credentials of a nurse aide. HireRight’s Nurse Aide Registry Check™ scans state registries to confirm a nurse aide’s credentials and the aide’s certification is in good standing.

Determine if a caregiver has been placed on a registry for abuse, neglect, exploitation or misappropriation of a vulnerable adult. HireRight’s Adult Abuse Registry Check™ screens state registries for any records of an applicant who has been identified by state adult protective services to have committed adult abuse.

Confirm if an applicant or employee has been sanctioned or excluded from participating in federal and state health care programs. The HireRight Health Care Sanction Check™ goes beyond OIG and GSA checks to search the Fraud and Abuse Control Information System (FACIS®), a current and historical database of sanctions, exclusions, debarments and disciplinary actions, for information about an applicant. If there is a confirmed record, HireRight can directly contact the sanctioning board to confirm or clear possible name matches returned by FACIS® based on identifiers provided by the customer.  HireRight Health Care Sanction Monitoring performs the same search on an ongoing basis.

There are four levels of searches:

  • Level 1 (Federal) conducts a search of the sanction information as reported by the OIG, the GSA, and various other federal agencies.
  • Level 1M (Federal + State Exclusion Lists) combines Level 1 which searches multiple federal agencies—with state Medicaid exclusion lists in more than 20 states
  • Level 2 (Federal, State Exclusion Lists + 1 State) combines Level 1M which searches multiple federal agencies and available state Medicaid exclusion lists with available state agency searches conducted in one state of your choice.
  • Level 3 (Federal, State Exclusion Lists + 50 States) combines 1M which searches multiple federal agencies and available state Medicaid exclusion lists with available Level 2 searches conducted in all 50 states.

Options to Consider

Gain information on an applicant that can provide you with greater insight into the applicant’s professional background. The HireRight Professional Reference Check™ uses open-ended questions to interview an applicant’s former colleagues and coworkers and provides a report on their responses.

Identify the status of an applicant’s driver’s license, license type, endorsements, restrictions, driving violations, suspensions and revocations. The HireRight Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) Check™ provides this information and shows driving under the influence (DUI) convictions for states that report this information in driving records.

Identify whether applicants falsified education information on their resume or job application. HireRight Education Verification™ confirms an applicant’s credentials by verifying that a degree, certificate or diploma was received, directly with an institution or its authorized agent.

Eliminate the time-consuming process of verifying employment history. HireRight Global Employment Verification™ verifies an applicant’s work history, such as company names and locations, dates, positions or titles held along with compensation, directly with former employers or their authorized agents.

Test for the presence of illicit drug use with urine testing. HireRight Urine Drug Test™ provides the option of multiple panels and lab-based or instant tests to fit an employer’s needs.