The CNA certification test is divided into two parts: the written and performance exams.
The written part of your CNA exam focuses on the skills and the responsibilities of being a nursing assistant. Usually the questions are about how one can accomplish a task efficiently or anything about ethics as well as identifying the limitations of what and what a nursing assistant cannot do legally.
The performance part of the CNA testing is the performance exam. Every potential caregiver must possess the 25 specific skills and they must be proficient in this. The exam will include not less than 5 of these skills, the most common of which are washing of hands before and after being in contact with the patient, getting their vital statistics, such as blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and so on, dressing a patient, dealing with them by prudent communication, and most of all the proper use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, gowns, and masks.
Other skills a nursing assistant may be tested for include the following: the proper care of catheter, moving or transferring patient from the bed to a chair, ambulation assistance, and feeding. However, there will be no testing of skills beyond what is allowed to be legally performed within the state, which the concern is seeking certification.
If you fail some parts of the exam you can often retake those specific parts up to three times without having to go back for another training class. Once you have passed both the written and performance exams, the state medical board may now issue a certification as a nursing aid which is valid only in the state which you applied.
It is important to be cognizant that training requirements may vary from one state to another. Bear in mind that every state has its own board medical review and requirement in attaining certain certification. However, if you already have a certificate from one state, you may be exempt from having to take another training class. Just be vigilant because failure on either part of the test will likely draw back your credibility and you may be required to take a refresher course.
The state requires you to take a training course consisting of classroom instruction and hands-on experience in a hospital, nursing homes, or even both. Hands-on experiences are generally beneficial to the applicant since the possibility of acquiring the 25 skills is higher. Learning is favorable on the actual experience of a person because it is explicitly perceived and understood than theories.
The painstaking endeavor of each applicant is incredibly admirable. They are one of the most vital persons in the medical industry since they are the ones in direct contact with the patient physically and emotionally.