So you have decided that you wanted to get a career in nursing, but where do you begin? The best way towards your goal would be to attend Certified Nursing Assistant or CNA classes and then go up from there.
Being a CNA requires technical skill and significant experience. A CNA takes care of routine tasks, in order to give Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) more time to do certain tasks that only they can perform. CNA are the ones that interact care for the patients directly in the way of assisting them with activities of daily living. These activities include feeding, bathing, assistance with moving about or exercise, repositioning bedridden patients, dressing wounds, as well as preparing and transporting the patients towards the examination, surgery or treatment rooms.
After completing the CNA classes and internship hours, healthcare aides should proceed to take the CNA exam, in order to get certified.
The CNA exams are intended to test potential CNA’s competency on the fundamental concepts and basic skills of being a nursing assistant. The exam has two parts – practical and written.
The written exam is fairly straightforward. This should not be a problem if you had been paying attention to your CNA classroom trainings and have been reviewing your books and manuals. The written exam focuses on basic medical procedures and concepts. Enrolling in a good CNA school will ensure you receive proper training and provide you with everything you need to pass this test.
The practical or clinical part of the exam may prove to be a little trickier than the written part, as this will involve testing the examinee on how to apply the lessons taught under training.
The examinee is usually asked to bring a companion with them, who will act as a model. During the exam, the examiner will ask for the examinee to demonstrate three to five practical skills that he/she should have learned during training. Examples of these skill sets include the proper way of washing hands, grooming the patient, repositioning the patient, respecting the patient’s privacy, changing the linen of a patient’s bed, holding the bedpan or taking the patient’s temperature.
The whole process will be observed carefully by the examiner and the examinee should be careful not to leave anything out of the demonstration, such as forgetting to knock on the patient’s door or washing of the hands. The examiner may also ask the examinee practical questions give them situations to find out how the potential CNA will react to high-pressure situations.
As long as you keep calm and make sure to think through the skills sets you are asked to demonstrate, then passing the CNA exam should be a breeze.