If you have made it successfully through the certified nursing assistant program than you have done well. However, the journey is not complete quite yet. You might have the knowledge needed to succeed – but now you must prove this to the state board and take the CNA examination.
This test is made up of two parts; clinical and written. It is designed to test every piece of skill that you should have and know fully about. They want to see how you handle the tasks that you are meant to do in the job field and whether or not you actually know the material. It is their safeguard and it helps to filter out those people that managed to ‘skate’ or even cheat their way through the program. When you pass you receive a license that shows health care facilities that you are competent enough to work for them.
When you are going through the written portion of the test remember to keep your mind clear and not let your nerves get the better of you. In the few days that are leading up to the test you want to study hard to make sure that you know every piece of information. Go over it with other friends that are taking the same test. When you are taking the test remember to go with the answer that you know to be true and do not second guess yourself.
The hardest part of the test is the clinical. It would make any of us nervous to have someone standing our shoulder watching our every move and just waiting for us to mess up. By this time our nerves are shot and we might be shaking and second guessing every move that we make. The trick here is to solely concentrate on what you are doing. Act as if you have done it a hundred times already and that you are the only one in the room.
The examiner is going to ask you to perform between three to five skills that a nursing assistant should know. Make sure to go down the line and do each one by the book. You might have learned a few shortcuts in school – but now is not the time to use them. The most common skills they want to see are hand washing, taking vitals, and good bedside manner.