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An Important Test
Today high Nursing Assistant testing expectations challenge many test-takers. Don’t allow these requirements to intimidate you! Most people who pay attention during CNA training classes experience no difficulty passing the final exam. Use these simple tips to improve your performance:
1. Pay Attention in Class
Preparing for a CNA practice test becomes much easier when you remain alert and attentive during class. Read all of the handouts carefully. Most instructors understand how confusing medical terms seem to people hearing these long words for the first time.
If you don’t understand something, let your instructor know about this problem. The nurses who teach Certified Nursing Assistants don’t mind spending time explaining confusing information. They would rather answer your questions during class than discovering later students did not understand the material!
2. Ask Questions
As you study to become a CNA, you’ll engage in “hands on” learning. During high school, you spent a lot of time reading books. When you train to become a CNA, you will study mostly practical exercises. You’ll need to know how to make a patient’s bed correctly, how to lock a wheelchair so it won’t move unexpectedly as a patient sits down and how to take vital signs accurately. If you don’t understand something when your instructor demonstrates activities in class, make sure you ask questions.
Asking questions helps you understand the reason your nurse wants you to perform a task a particular way. It will help you develop a solid foundation for becoming a well trained Certified Nursing Assistant!
3. Practice Assignments Before The Test
You’ll enjoy an opportunity to practice many of the new skills you learn in a CNA training class before the test. Remember, your ability to perform these vital tasks correctly can help you achieve a high score on the final exam!
What types of skills can you practice? Review the instructions for hand washing especially carefully. Good hygiene remains one of the most important subjects you’ll use during your work as a CNA. You’ll wash your hands multiple times during every shift to prevent disease transmission. Also spend time taking a person’s pulse and blood pressure, and counting their respirations. Practice using a thermometer, too. Repeating these tasks until they become easy will allow you to pass the CNA clinical examination with confidence.
4. Spend Time Learning Medical Abbreviations
Doctors and nurses in medical facilities frequently use abbreviations. These strings of letters often don’t make much sense to new CNAs at first. You’ll want to learn this special language in order to feel confident carrying out a nurse’s instructions on the job.
For instance, practice reading medication instruction and feeding instructions carefully. You need to know how to follow these directions accurately when you care for patients under the direction of a nurse. Sometimes patient charts abbreviate important instructions. In many facilities, a single nurse or LPN supervises the work of many CNAs. Your ability to follow directions correctly will help improve your value to your employer. Try to learn as many of the most frequently used abbreviations as possible as you prepare for your test.
5. Review Patient Lifting Procedures Carefully
If you train to become a CNA at a medical facility or a long term care center, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to follow working CNAs on the job. Pay especially close attention to safety procedures involved in helping patients move from one location to another. Avoiding accidental falls remains vitally important. Your test will likely cover this information!