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Preparation Of CNA Skills Testing

April 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Certified Nursing Assistant License

The certified nurse assistant will have to go through CNA training and pass a state issued certification exam before they can be added to the state register and go on to practice as a nurse aide.

The training is provided to not only prepare the CNA for active job functions but also to prepare the CNA for the state certification exam. Because the state exam has 2 parts to it, a written and a skills test, the CNA will have to be prepared for both.

programs prepare the CNA for the skills part of the test by having them actively participate in a number of clinical skills training hours. This not only gives the CNA the opportunity to visually see how nursing aide tasks are performed but a chance to physically perform them as well. The skills portion of the state exam holds its own grade and must be passed with efficiency in order to pass both parts of the exam.

This means that it is very important that you are prepared when you go to take your skills portion of the state test.

There are many ways that you can prepare yourself  for the CNA skills test. The most important of course is to practice. You can take the help of friends and family to play as patients so that you can test your skills on them.

Additionally, there are DVDs that you can purchase to help you achieve success on your skills test. The DVDs will show you how to effectively perform the skills tasks as well as allow you the chance to practice in your own living room.

You can download a trial test as well as all the nursing aide tasks that you might be tested on from the testing company website whether it be D&S Headmaster or Pearson Vue.

When you get ready to go for your skills test, be sure that you wear comfortable clothing and flat, non-skid shoes. You may also be required in some states to bring your own volunteer to play the part of the patient. Furthermore, be prepared to have hand washing as part of every step in every task you perform.

It would be in your best interest to pay extra special attention to the hand washing details. Remember that you will be tested on 5 nursing aide skills for your state exam and hand washing will be one of them because it’s an important part of infection control.

Lastly, don’t get discouraged or nervous, your instructor will provide you with time to correct any mistakes you make in steps so long as it’s within the allotted time for the test.

With plenty of practice and devotion to learning the nursing aide skills, you should be able to pass the state exam with ease.