CNA Training & Certification
You’ve taken your CNA training classes and now you are ready to take the certification exam, or are you? You know the information like the back of your hand and you can still hear your CNA training instructor repeating the vital parts you’ll need to remember, but you’re still nervous. Here’s a few CNA training tips that will help you pass the exam, and calm your anxiety up until the big day.
From CNA Training to CNA Exam – What to Expect
According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, there isn’t a practice exam available for certification after your CNA training. However, you should be well prepared if you review the material you’ve learned in your CNA training classes. When you enter the exam, you will have the option to complete the quiz portion of the exam on paper, by computer or orally. If you feel more comfortable taking the exam in Spanish, that is also available.
After the written portion of the exam, you’ll also have a practical portion where you will be required to demonstrate two skills the examiner will select.
Tips for Passing the CNA Training Exam
For some, taking the written test is a bit easier than the practical portion because you don’t have someone standing over you following your every move. While the examiner understands that you’re nervous, he won’t let too many errors slide.
Many people draw a blank during the practical portion, forgetting the steps they learned in their CNA training. For this reason, we highly urge you to practice the practical skills with a partner, while going through the steps in your CNA training manual. The key is for each skill to come naturally without having to think about the steps.
Tip #1: Wash Your Hands Correctly
Again, follow the steps from your CNA training classes. Remember to bring down some paper towels from the holders before you begin. Turn on the water, use plenty of soap and wash every part of your hand and up to your wrist. Make sure you scrub for at least 20 seconds and then rinse thoroughly. Grab the paper towel you have hanging to dry your hands. Take your used paper towel to turn off the faucet.
If you have acrylic nails, make sure you have them removed before your CNA training exam. If you have long fingernails, be sure to trim them short.
Tip #2: Privacy Is Priority
Whenever you enter a patient’s room, be sure to knock beforehand. If you are working on a patient behind a curtain, always close the curtain when you approach him and then close it when you leave. If you don’t have a physical door or curtain to close, simply telling the examiner what you will do is sufficient.
Tip #3: Safety Is Important
Just as you learned in CNA training, when you approach a patient, always remember to bring the bed up to work on him. When you are done, don’t forget to lower the bed again. Always use the gait belt for lifting patients or other large items. It’s also important not to forget to make sure your patient has the call button within reach. You may want to ask the patient where he would like it to make acknowledgement of the importance of it.
Being able to remember the steps that most CNA training exam takers miss and then demonstrating the skills you know well, you’ll be in a better position to pass your certification exam. And all of that work you’ve done in your CNA training will be well worth it.