CNA Exam

So you have completed your CNA classes, and all that is left to take is the state-administered nursing assistant examination. Although you don’t need a degree to become a certified nursing assistant, you have to pass the nursing assistant exam to become certified and get a job in the medical field. Any test could be terrifying but with a bit of hard work and preparation, you can easily pass your CNA examination without difficulty.

What can you expect with the CNA exam? Your exam is composed of two parts—written and clinical. The first part would test how much you’ve learned and understood the concepts presented and taught to you inside the class. It covers questions on the following topics, specifically on anatomy and physiology:

• Nervous System
• Signs and Symptoms of common ailments
• Respiratory System
• Cardiac Review
• Proper Medication
• Psychological Processes
• Blood and Urine Values
• Developmental Milestones
• Organ Functions
• Burn and Wound Care

The second part which is the clinical part forms the bulk of CNA exam. Nursing assistant students often are nervous about the clinical portion because of the direct and careful observation by the state examiner. But knowing what to expect can help you to be less intimidated and just focus on what is at hand. Normally you’ll be asked to perform anywhere from 3 to 5 patient care skills such as taking vitals, changing bedpans or linens, repositioning and grooming patients, or taking temperature. Here are more skills test the examiner might ask you to perform:

• Handling Difficult Patients
• Posture and Body Mechanics
• Transferring Patients
• Ambulating Patients
• Mastering ADLs
• ROM of a Patient

The clinical portion takes around 20 to 30 minutes, and you might be asked to demonstrate up to five specific skills. Sometimes the clinical exam would require you to bring your own volunteer or patient so be ready with one, just in case. One important thing that would really impress the state examiner is to demonstrate proper hand washing before you perform the first nursing assistant skill. Proper hygiene and cleanliness are two crucial factors when working in any position in the medical field. Even if the state examiner does not ask you to wash your hands, do so voluntarily and automatically.

Your CNA classes play a huge role on what your test results would be. With the intense training you would undergo together with the basic concepts you would learn in class, you will be able to sit through the exam with ease. It’s especially helpful if before the exam you take time out to practice each skill you’ve learned a number of times. It’s the surest way to pass and even excel in the CNA clinical exam.

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