Can I retake the skills I failed on the CNA Exam.... or nah?

  1. I need help folks. I took my CNA Exam yesterday. I passed the written test with ease. But, I failed the skill test. I was failed on hand washing and finger/nail care. With the hand washing, it was stated that I did not wash for 20 seconds and I did not use friction. I'm confused and bothered this because I DID wash for 20 seconds and was pretty rough on myself in the lathering. But, it's my word versus the proctor and, let's be honest, her word is final. Now, with the finger/nail care, I admit that I drew a complete blank. While preforming the skill, I jogged my memory and did it to the best of my ability. I missed about five steps. I felt I didn't do well. Now, I know I didn't lol. I'm saddened by this. I worked hard. And as someone who suffered a major stroke earlier this year, I wanted to bounce back and knock it out the park. But, I am proud that I did as well as I have. I just want to do better. I want to retake that skills test. My question is... am I allowed to retake the parts I failed or am I given a whole new selection of skills? All input, advice and help is appreciated.
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  3. by   solDanz
    Please consult your candidate handbook for the proper answer. (Many states have them available online.) It may be different in each state, as some may not let your retake it if you miss a certain number or amount. The states of North Carolina and South Carolina DO let you retake just the skills portion, but it requires you to re-register for just the skills portion of the test, and pay the skills portion fee again.
  4. by   Paws2people
    In my state, you get 5 new skills when you retest. Handwashing will always be one of them. Next time while you scrub say, "I am washing my hands and scrubbing all parts for 30 seconds." In your head you can sing the Happy Birthday song, that way you know it was long enough, or just keep an eye on the clock.
  5. by   kmbxo
    In California, you are allowed to retake only the skills portion, but it will be a whole new selection of skills at random because the overall time of the skills portion has to be under 25 minutes so all of the skills have to be done at one time.