Currently, background checks are a requirement for any employment in the health care field. Hospitals and medical facilities by law, must safeguard patient information Health care facilities can be the target of domestic and foreign terrorism due to the high number of people within the buildings and the ease of which people can enter and leave. It is only intelligent for health care organizations to maintain security for their patients, visitors and employees well being.
Some health care positions may involve working with children. States regulations require hospitals and medical centers to screen the background of potential employees to ensure the safety of children as well as the general patient population. Skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities will require background checks for nursing assistants working with elderly or disabled patients, as these patients can be abused much easier than most other patients.
Today’s background checks required for working in health care can include driving records and credit checks. The driving records search would be for serious types of moving violations. Credit checks are used to prove a pattern of responsibility regarding one's finances. Having a large debt load, a history of bankruptcies, or even a credit report full of late payments will lead some employers to the assumption that the person applying for the nursing assistant position is at the very least irresponsible.
CNA candidates may also be subject to a check of past employment. Statistically speaking, SOME employment application will contain false information. This is why past employment verification and reference checking is important. You should always be completely honest on your employment application. Be consistent and truthful with any information that you provide to a hospital or any hiring agency.
If you have had past problems, be upfront about it. Not all conviction will affect employment opportunities. Anyone considering a career in health care can be certain that they will need to subject themselves to a criminal background check. If you have a criminal history, you may want to consider checking with CNA programs and health care system to find out what effect your particular criminal record may have on employment.