Test Taking Tips for the Clinical Part of the CNA Exam
For most people the clinical part of the CNA exam is the
most stressful. While that is understandable the skills on this portion of the test are those that you will
be performing on a daily basis so try to relax. To help you build your confidence and remind yourself of some
of the fundamentals before you are tested, review this list of tips.
Tips to Review before Taking the Clinical Portion of the CNA
- If you use it
you must clean it and put it away correctly. This means that you must know what item goes in which drawer.
You must also know the right way to clean the items that you are using. This is a skill you will use every
day that you work once you become an official Certified Nursing Assistant.
- For sanitary
purposes you should always use a paper towel or a cloth towel to protect your surfaces. This is one of many
infection control practice that protects both you and the patient.
- Ask your
patient how he feels each day that you work with him. One of your jobs as a CNA is fostering
comfort. This should be a big part of the role of the nursing
assistant and hopefully a part you enjoy. Do this in the
beginning of each procedure.
- One safety
issue that is easy to overlook is footwear. Ensure that both you and your patient have on non skid shoes.
Safety is always your number one concern as a CNA and this step will help prevents
- While you are
working with the patient on the bed you must be certain it is at your working height. Proper body mechanics
is very important to safety. This will help you to protect yourself from back
- Safety. Safety.
Safety. Make sure the patient is always safe both on your test and as you work daily once you are a CNA.
This will make you a valuable asset in your facility.
- Create the most
possible privacy for your patients. Patients have less privacy than they would outside the facility so
ensure that you always cover your patient. Help them to have as much privacy as possible while in the
- It is important
not to restrain your patients and to ensure skin integrity. Be certain that nothing that covers the
patient, such as clothing or bedding, is too tight.
- Always move the
patient slowly and gently throughout all procedures to protect their skin as well other
- One basic
procedure that will become first nature to you is bed down, side rails up, call bell in reach. You will get
great scores in safety if you always do this when you're done.
Safety is always your first concern. Take a deep breath
and perform your skills test just as you would your job as a CNA.
Take me back home.
Now that you have passed the exam, please take a look at the types of CNA jobs that are available to you.