After successfully completing your CNA training classes, your next step will be to schedule an appointment for your State exam. We’ve gone over many portions of the CNA training exam in previous articles, but today I want to cover one procedure from beginning to end as well as offer some tips on this portion of the exam.
CNA Training Exam: What to Expect From the Skills Evaluation
You will be expected to perform the skills exactly as you would in a nursing home setting. When water is required, you must use running water. All candidates will be required to perform the Washes Hands skill. After performing the Wash Hands skill for the first time, normally the evaluator will instruct you to just tell him or her when you would wash your hands during your performance of the rest of the skills, rather than actually washing them.
For all steps of the CNA training exam other than hand-washing, you will be required to actually perform the skill in order to receive credit. You won’t be allowed to just tell the evaluator what you would do next.
CNA Training Exam Tips and Insights
- Remember to introduce yourself to the patient/client as you would in a hospital setting (as if you did not previously know this patient).
- To receive full credit for a measurement skill, you must accurately make the required measurement and write it on the Recording Sheet provided by the evaluator.
- You will be required to operate both a standing and a non-digital bathroom scale and how to set both types of scales to zero.
- Remember to always place the call signal within the patient’s reach just as you would an actual patient.
- You will not be allowed to bring any of your own equipment to the testing location.
Below, we’ve provided a full step-by-step example of the correct way to pass the Assist With the Use of Bed Pan Skill:
CNA Training: Assist With the Use of Bed Pan Skill Evaluation
- Introduce yourself to patient (if this is the first procedure you are performing)
- Explain procedure speaking clearly, slowly, and directly, maintaining face-to-face contact whenever possible
- Provide privacy
- Lower the head of the bed
- Put on clean gloves before handling bedpan
- Place the bedpan correctly under client
- Remove and dispose of gloves (without contaminating self ) into waste container
- Wash hands
- Raise the head of bed
- Place toilet tissue and sanitary hand wipes within reach of patient
- Signaling device within reach and client is asked to signal when finished
- Put on clean gloves before removing bedpan
- Head of bed is flat before bedpan is removed
- Avoid overexposure of client
- Remove, empty, and rinse bedpan and pours rinse into toilet
- Place bedpan in designated dirty supply area
- Remove and dispose of gloves
- Signaling device placed within reach and bed is in low position
Wow! That’s a lot of steps for each CNA training exam skill evaluation, right? This is why it’s vital for you to learn the number of steps involved in each possible skill assessment and practice them over and over before your CNA training exam. Before enrolling in CNA training classes, be sure to speak with the facility to find out exactly how their particular training method works. It’s important to have plenty of time during CNA training to go over these skills to get them right. During your CNA training clinical (on location) portion, you’ll learn to think on your feet and a lot of these skills will become second nature to you.
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