Practical CNA Test skills
If you are considering becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant, also known as a CNA, then you know that you will be required to take a course, and pass two different exams, before you will be approved, and have a CNA license issued to you.
Let’s take a look at what will be expected of you, when you go I for the practical CNA test, or the clinical test:
The practical, or clinical, CNA test requires that you have another person to practice on. Now this may be a volunteer, or in some cases, someone supplied by the administrator of the test. This is because you will need to prove and demonstrate various different skills you have learned during your Certified Nursing Assistant Course or Program.
There will of course be a state examiner there to guide you through the steps and administer the test. It is extremely important to remember that before you even start the exam, that you wash your hands properly. This entails washing your hands well, drying them off with a disposable paper towel, and turning off the tap with the same paper towel before throwing it into the waste basket.
Hygiene practices are of the utmost important when you are taking this exam, besides washing your hands you will need to show that you are conscientious of not transferring germs to patients, or other coworkers as well.
This may seem silly, but believe me, this is exactly the kind of thing that will be expected of you during the test.
Here are some of the other things you will be asked to demonstrate for the examiner: taking and recording a patient’s blood pressure, proper feeding practices, bathing and dressing, assisting a patient with a bedpan, aiding a patient in a multitude of motion exercises, and even providing catheter care. The actual skills tested will depend greatly on the state in which you are taking the test, as the requirements for CNA’s differ greatly from state to state. You will also need to demonstrate a good understanding of communication with patents, and many other safety procedures and protocols.
These tests can be quite costly, so you will want to be sure to get it right the first time around.
The good thing is that in many regions you can get access to Free CNA practice tests, so that you will go in there and know exactly what is expected of you. In most cases, you will be able to find out where and when these practice tests are happening, and the nursing school you took the course through should be able to help you to schedule them, or at least point you in the right direction.
However, you will notice that these sorts of practice tests only happen once or twice a year. The reason for this is to give other applicants a chance to benefit from the practice as well. If you do fail a practice test don’t panic. You will be allowed to retake the test again, without penalty like you would face failing the real one, however they may request that you not take the test again for at least a year, both to give you ample time to study and improve your performance and to not keep the circuit blocked up for the other applicants.