How to Beat the Skills Portion of the CNA Exam

Your decision to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) is an excellent choice that offers you job security, numerous options for practice and a highly flexible schedule. If you are a current CNA student or are considering the benefits of a CNA program for your career, the CNA skills test may be intimidating or at least a little nerve-racking. However, the adage of “practice makes perfect” certainly applies to the skills testing portion of your CNA exam and can ultimately assure your successful certification. Follow these simple tips to help you prepare and feel confident in your manual skills test.

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Practicing Indirect Care

Depending on your state of location, you may be given three or five skills out of a possible 25 to perform as the state examiner observes. Before you begin each skill, start with the following steps to ensure that indirect care is performed correctly such as:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 to 30 seconds as exactly instructed in class before and after each skill
  • Introduce yourself and acknowledge the patient by his or her formal name
  • Take a few moments and explain to the patient exactly what you are going to do and why
  • Always wear gloves if a chance of contact with bodily fluids is possible
  • Ensure that your patient is always safe and privacy is maintained
  • Performing Direct Patient Care

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