CNA Training Class Skill Highlight – Recording Measures and Weights

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Your CNA training exam will consist of a skills evaluation (or skill assessment) portion. This is the portion of your CNA training exam where you will be required to perform a number of learned skills in the same way you would perform them if you were on location, at a hospital, nursing home, or other medical facility. The evaluator will assess you on the level of competency with which you perform each skill and also on the steps themselves. Certain steps are required, and if you miss one, you will not pass this portion of the CNA training skill assessment test.

CNA Training Skill Assessment Portion of the State Exam

The skill assessment portion of the CNA training exam is generally the portion that most CNA training students are apprehensive about. There’s something about being on the spot that reminds them of having to give an oral presentation in school, I guess. Whatever it is, this is always a point of anxiety. In order to help you with this, we regularly feature helpful step-by-step articles highlighting particular skills that may or may not be included in your CNA training exam.  Today we’re going to cover the correct steps involved in recording measures and weighing a patient who is ambulatory.

CNA Training Skills: Measures and Records Urinary Output

Here are the correct number of steps and the proper order you’ll be expected to perform during your CNA training exam:

  1. CNA training graduate / exam taker introduces himself or herself to patient (only if this is the first skill you are asked to perform. You do not have to continue to introduce yourself to the patient before each additional skill you are asked to perform).
  2. Put on clean gloves before handling bedpan
  3. Pour the contents of the bedpan into measuring container without spilling or splashing urine outside of container
  4. Measure the amount of urine at eye level with container on flat surface
  5. After measuring urine, empties contents of measuring container into toilet
  6. Rinse measuring container and pours rinse into toilet
  7. Rinse bedpan and pours rinse into toilet
  8. After rinsing equipment, and before recording output, remove and disposes of gloves (without contaminating self ) into waste container and washes hands
  9. Records contents of container within plus or minus of 25 ml/cc of evaluator reading

CNA Training Skills: Measures and Records – Weight of Ambulatory Patient

  1. CNA training graduate taking exam. Introduce yourself to patient (unless you have already done so during a previous procedure).
  2. Explain procedure, speaking clearly, slowly, and directly, maintaining face-to-face contact whenever possible
  3. Candidate ensures patient has shoes on before walking to scale
  4. Set scale to zero before weighing client
  5. While patient steps onto scale, candidate stands next to scale and assists client, if needed, onto center of scale, then determines client’s weight
  6. While patient steps off scale, candidate stands next to scale and assists client, if needed, off scale before recording weight
  7. Records weight based on indicator on scale.
  8. Weight is within plus or minus 2 lbs of evaluator’s reading (If weight recorded in kg weight is within plus or minus 0.9 kg of evaluator’s reading)
  9. Wash hands

There you have it. Two CNA training exam skills provided in step-by-step fashion for you. We hope this has helped you as you continue to move forward with CNA training and your new career!

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