How to Prepare for the Certified Nursing Assistant Examination

There are few things in life that provide such anxiety and insomnia as a major examination. While you may be the smartest CNA student, if you lack certain test taking abilities and skills, your knowledge may fall flat. Excel at your CNA Certification examination by ensuring you’re not only prepared by completing a high-quality training program, but as your testing date draws near, follow these tips to ensure your newly learned knowledge stays present while your anxiety levels remain low.

Take a CNA Practice Examination

Venturing into the unknown can be thrilling and invigorating, but now’s not the time to wait around for surprises. Taking as many certified nursing assistant practice examination as possible not only aligns your mind with how the test may be formatted, but it strengthens your ability to filter and organize learned information. Examination questions are designed to be tricky and truly challenge your working knowledge as a CNA. A myriad of free and purchase-required practice examinations are found throughout many online databases. If you wish to take a physical examination, speak with your school’s career counselor to receive current paper practice examination.

Study, Study and Study Some More

While this may seem as if it’s a no-brainer, many students who fail their first attempt at the CNA exam did not continue their studies between graduation and the examination date. Treat your study periods as if it’s your job. Since a good portion of the examination is based upon coursework knowledge, focus on fine-tuning your working knowledge with medical terminology and various procedures based upon specific situations. Therefore, spend as much time as possible delving deep into your coursework knowledge.

Typically, the certified nursing assistant examination consists of two parts: written theory and clinical application. While it’s almost impossible to fully study the clinical application portion of the exam, unless you’re interning at a health care facility, you can enhance your working knowledge with hands-on procedures by consistently reviewing policies and requirements. Focus on the following four areas of clinical application:

General Nursing Skills – While a CNA is not a registered nurse, they do work hand-in-hand with nursing staff to provide patient care. Therefore, you must be highly aware of what’s expected of you. Study nursing skill areas such as recognizing patient symptoms and behaviors to isolate any abnormalities, personal hygiene procedures for yourself and the patient as well as required steps to maintain a sanitary environment.

Restorative Devices – An essential component of certified nursing assistant skill sets is to help patients who require devices such as crutches or walkers as well as more intimate-involved devices that monitor and control urine and defecation.

Patient Hygiene Care – CNAs have a special place in the medical staff as they directly tend to the daily hygiene and comfort of patients. Displaying your ability to effectively care and tend to patient bathing, grooming and sanitation is a major portion of exam clinical testing.

Patient Interaction – Unfortunately, you’ll come across patients who have a myriad of mental health disorders. These conditions may be long-established or a direct cause of injury and treatment procedures. Regardless, CNAs must understand how to handle patient communication during difficult situations. This portion of the clinical examination is even more paramount if you’re training to work in specialized facilities, such as nursing homes or facilities for the severely disabled.