This blog goes out to all the folks currently enrolled in CNA classes and anticipating the CNA exam.
Some CNA programs are excellent at arming their students with the knowledge, information and skills needed to successfully pass the state CNA exam. Becoming a CNA requires not only competency in the field, but also an aptitude for standardized tests (since everyone has to pass a state mandated exam to practice as a Certified Nursing Assistant). If you’re enrolled in a Certified Nursing Assistant program and your state nurse aide exam is approaching and you’re still feeling unprepared, we’re here to help! Here are 5 helpful study tips for the CNA exam!
1. Know the content on the test! – The first and most important step is to be aware of the questions you’ll be asked on the exam. Not all programs for CNAs include practice nurse aide exams, so be sure to get your hands on one yourself! Read it through and be aware of the topics and skills covered. Keep in mind that there will be both WRITTEN and PRACTICAL portions of the exam.
2. Find your best study method! – Everyone is different. Some people need to study in a group, others need total solitude. I personally need someone to quiz me. Recognize the way you learn best and utilize techniques that play to your personal strengths! Look over all your information from nursing assistant classes and recopy your notes, put the information into a song, make flashcards, do whatever you need to retain the information. And seek to retain it long-term – you’ll need it during your first CNA job.
*Pro-tip: If you’re a flashcard person, check out Quizlet, where you can make your own or share other people’s digital flashcards!
3. Don’t forget about the practical exam – Many students get caught up in studying for the written exam and completely forget to practice their hands-on CNA training. Remember your clinical experiences and practice those with a friend. Have one of you be the patient, the other the CNA, and then switch! You’ll be asked to carry out basic nursing skills and direct, non-medical patient care. The more you’ve practiced, the less nervous you’ll feel, the better you’ll preform!
Hope these tips have been helpful for all you folks in CNA programs! Study well and good luck on your CNA exams! Test yourself with a mini-practice exam in our blog called 10 Things You May Be Asked on Your CNA Exam.
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