Jul 142012

CNA Practice Tests? Are They Any Good?

After finally going through the CNA certification course, the next step for students would be to pass the CNA certification exam. Once they are able to overcome this hurdle, they can become registered certified nursing assistants, and can start looking for work in their respective field.

But before a student should take the National Nurse Aid Assessment Program (NNAAP) certification exam, they should be well-prepared for the test. They should have paid attention in class during the training, making sure that they understood all of the skills that were being taught to them. They can also take reviewers, such as practice tests, which are available in many online sites and even in the school itself.

The exam has two parts: the first would be a written or oral exam, and the second would be a skills-demonstration test. To be called a certified nursing assistant, the student must be able to pass both exams for him or her to claim their certification and be accredited in their local registry as a certified nursing assistant.

Unfortunately, the practice exams only cover the written part of the exam. This part is in a multiple-choice type of exam so the student will only have to shade the correct answer to be able to pass this part of the test.

Bear in mind that the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) did not in any way, provide these practice exams, nor do they endorse them. That is why if the student would want to be sure in the practice exam that he or she will be taking, the best way to choose the exam would be from the guidance and the expert advice of the teachers, instructors or certified nursing assistants themselves.

For the written part of the exam, there are a number of parts which you would want to remember, especially when finally taking your exam. The examinee should look back at the topics that they have discussed during the course of the program so that he or she would know what topics they will encounter in the exam. To mention them quickly, these parts would include, physical care, or relating to the patients’ hygiene, nutrition and sleep; basic nursing skills such as infection control, therapeutic skills, and emergency procedures. Other parts would include psychosocial care, which deals with the patients’ other needs, such as emotional, spiritual and mental needs; roles of a CNA which would include ethics, synergy, teamwork and the communication skills expected of a CNA, mainly his or her roles and responsibilities; and injury prevention and self-care, which deals with teaching their patients how to take care of themselves and not to cause harm.

It is advisable for students to treat practice exams seriously, so that they will know which areas to improve on, and what could be your strengths and weaknesses during the National Nurse Aid Assessment Program (NNAAP) certification exam. They should be focused and energized when taking these exams so that they can be prepared for the real thing.

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