CNA Training Exams; 8 Ways to Overcome Anxiety

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As with any final examinations the CNA assessment process, though relatively straight forward can be a catalyst for anxiety amongst students, especially those who are returning to education after an extended break. The Certified Nursing Assistant or Aide exams are designed to test the knowledge and skills you have acquired throughout your CNA training and more often than not students have all of the skills and knowledge they require to pass but sometimes have trouble thinking clearly due to nerves. So how can you combat those pre exam jitters?

8 Ways To Get Rid Of CNA Training Exam Stress

  1. Be prepared – Take a little time each day from the start of your course to the day before the exam to go over what you have learned. Cramming before exams, that is last minute panic studying, can be counterproductive and lead to more anxiety.
  2. Get a good night’s sleep – Staying up all night to revise might seem like a good idea at the time but the next morning you will more than likely not be able to perform at your highest level. This is especially important for your practical exam.
  3. Avoid excessive caffeine – A bucket of coffee before your exam could make you shaky and impulsive; not very well regarded traits in a CNA training examination. Avoid making silly mistakes by limiting your caffeine intake. By all means if you usually have a cup of coffee in the morning then have one, but don’t drink additional caffeinated drinks in an effort to focus yourself before either assessment.
  4. Avoid excessive alcohol – Don’t get drunk the night before hand; you may end up with a hangover or even residual alcohol in your system.
  5. Give yourself extra time – Don’t skip breakfast! Stick to your usual night and morning routine, just allowing yourself a little more time to get organised at night so that your morning is not rushed and stressful. Make sure you know how you are getting to your assessment and what time you need to leave.
  6. Use flashcards – Using flash cards can be an excellent study strategy and can also be an immense confidence booster if used from the beginning of the course; if you feel the need to revise before either exam utilize the flash cards and you may be pleasantly surprised by how much you know.
  7. Familiarize yourself with your work book – In some states the theory exam is open book which means that familiarising yourself with your work and text books and book marking important pages can be invaluable in your exam. It could save you from frantically flicking through pages during the exam.
  8. Remember you can do this! – Remember after you have completed your CNA training you have all the relevant knowledge and skills to pass this exam and if you do not pass the first time you can always retake the assessment!

The most important things to remember is not to panic take your time and acknowledge your mistakes in your practical exam. The examiners are not looking for perfection; they are looking for a safety conscious, well informed CNA with a focus on patient care.

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