CNA Certification Exam

After successful completion of a CNA Training program, the next step to be completed by prospective Certified Nursing Assistants who want to be certified and gain practice rights, is to successfully pass the state CNA certification test. Many of the prospective Certified Nursing Assistants are extremely worried during the state certification exam, since this is the point of the CNA certification process, where all the knowledge and medical skills gained during the CNA Training programs they have attend are tested and their future as CNA professionals is decided. Remaining calm during the state certification test is one of the key factors for a prospective Certified Nursing Assistant to successfully pass the CNA certification test. One of the most granted ways to achieve this is to attend and carefully study all the lessons taught during the training program and make a number of practice tests before the state certification exam.

The content of the state CNA certification exam can differ in the different states of the USA, but the certification test always consists of two parts – theoretical and practical (clinical) part. The results from the CNA certification exam are announced immediately after the end of the certification exam. Upon completion of CNA Training program, prospective Certified Nurse assistants can sit for certification exam unlimited number of times. Information about the time and place of examination are sent to the prospective CNAs before the state certification test, to their contact address provided during the enrollment process. The theoretical part of the state certification exam consists of selected questions testing medical knowledge taught during the CNA training program. The practical part of the certification exam, test the practical skills of the prospective CNAs and their abilities to apply the knowledge gained during the CNA training in their day-to-day practice.

On the day of the CNA certification exam it is very important the prospective Certified Nursing Assistant to be calm and smiling to the patient. This attitude (calm in emergency situations a cheerful attitude to patients) despite the fact that it will benefit the prospective Certified Nurse Assistant in their day-to-day duties, is a skill required from the CNA professionals and the CNA certification committee will score it.
It can be concluded that when all the CNA skills gained during the training program are well-trained and the prospective Certified Nursing Assistant is well skilled, there is no reason for concern.

During the course of a CNA training program, prospective CNAs are trained all the skills and gain all the knowledge to take care of patients and perform their duties and the CNA certification committee will not compromise even single Certified Nursing Assistant lack them. Hygiene is extremely important for the CNA professionals and paying exclusive attention to it will benefit the prospective Certified Nurse Assistants during the state certification test and in their CNA career afterwards. Another important skill that is not directly related to the medical knowledge a Certified Nursing Assistant has, but is extremely important for the CNA professional and will be scored on the certification exam is the ability of a Certified Nurse Assistant to explain to their patients calmly and in details what procedure and how they are going to perform it, in order to allow patients understand what happens and what to expect next and gain confidence of the experience of the Certified Nursing Assistant in charge.
It is highly recommended if a prospective Certified Nursing Assistant misses a step of a procedure performed during the state CNA certification exam, to go back and perform the missed part, and inform the CNA certification committee about the mistake and what was it.

The CNA Instructor who leads the CNA training program will provide preliminary instructions to the prospective Certified Nursing Assistants what to carry on the day of the state CNA certification exam, for example, valid state ID, second watch (required if there is a task a Certified Nursing Assistant to measure patient’s pulse), pencils, etc.

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