CNA board cert test tips???

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    I am going to take the CNA Board cert test next wed. I have not taken any nursing aide or assistant classes. I learned my clinical skill through my 1st yr RN program.
    I have heard that the skill test is easy. They might have transfer patient from bed to a wheel chair and hand washing. But when I looked at the handbook that was provided, they listed 25 different possible skills that they might ask me to perform. Anyone out there, know they will usually test on????
    I think the written part is pretty easy but I am not sure about the skill part.
    I know some of the skills except things like giving the pt a bedpan, foot care...
    I need some help!!!!!
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    It can be a number of things from tying slip knots on restraints to transferring a patient or making a bed correctly. You normally pick three skills randomly from a hat (or other object) so its the luck of the draw. Its not too hard really. I didn't take any classes either I worked in an assisted living home for 2 months and then challenged the exam. Its not bad.
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    It shouldn't be that hard, though I failed my CNA test because the tester likes to pick pick pick, and I still failed even though I did exactly what I was trained to do.
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    I was required to comb a dummy's hair, make a peanut butter sandwhich and cut it in half, and transfer a dummy from a w/c to a BSC.
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    I did the same thing as you...challenged it in nursing school.

    My skills they selected were blood pressure, hair care, and denture care. I think that someone gave me a list of all the different skills before the test. It seems like it had listed the different things they wanted for each skill.

    Be absolutlely sure to knock on the door before you come in. Also, be sure to introduce yourself and explain what you are going to do even if it is a dummy. They tend to be really particluar about that.

    For the blood pressure exam your reading has to match their reading within like 10mm/hg.

    I remember that on hair care it was a "RULE" to place a clean towel on the patients shoulders. That was the only catch I recall. Just start combing at the bottom and not rip their scalp off. :chuckle

    The "rule" for denture care that I recall was that you place a clean towel over the sink. The rationale for that is that if you drop the dentures into the sink they will not be as likely to break.

    I found the test to be quite easy. The only thing I reviewed were for the skills segment with that list of skills they gave me before the test. The main thing was knocking and introductions.
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    Quote from FROGGYLEGS
    I did the same thing as you...challenged it in nursing school.

    My skills they selected were blood pressure, hair care, and denture care. I think that someone gave me a list of all the different skills before the test. It seems like it had listed the different things they wanted for each skill.

    Be absolutlely sure to knock on the door before you come in. Also, be sure to introduce yourself and explain what you are going to do even if it is a dummy. They tend to be really particluar about that.

    For the blood pressure exam your reading has to match their reading within like 10mm/hg.

    I remember that on hair care it was a "RULE" to place a clean towel on the patients shoulders. That was the only catch I recall. Just start combing at the bottom and not rip their scalp off. :chuckle

    The "rule" for denture care that I recall was that you place a clean towel over the sink. The rationale for that is that if you drop the dentures into the sink they will not be as likely to break.

    I found the test to be quite easy. The only thing I reviewed were for the skills segment with that list of skills they gave me before the test. The main thing was knocking and introductions.
    Thanks for your information. I thought it is 5 skills that I have to perform.
    Maybe it is only 3, I will have to double check.
    Are you a nursing assistant now? How much do they pay you?(you don't have to answer this if you don't want to tell me)
    Where do you work at? A NF or a ALF?
    Which one is better to work at?
    I am planning to work part time as a nursing assistant because the work that I have right now doesn't want me to switch from full time to part time. I will have to quit once I get my Nursing assistant licence. I am so sick of working full time, going to school and not having enough time to be with my kids and husband. I need more time when my 2nd year starts.
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    Quote from cna on her way
    It can be a number of things from tying slip knots on restraints to transferring a patient or making a bed correctly. You normally pick three skills randomly from a hat (or other object) so its the luck of the draw. Its not too hard really. I didn't take any classes either I worked in an assisted living home for 2 months and then challenged the exam. Its not bad.

    Is it easiler to work at an ALH than a nursing facility? Do some of your patients have dementia? I have heard some bad stories about nursing assistant got hit or yelled at because some patients have dementia.

    What is your daily routine like? Do you have to transfer your patient without assistance (since there are not enough people working)most of the time? I am a small person, I just hope that I can handle it.
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    Quote from tmiller027
    It shouldn't be that hard, though I failed my CNA test because the tester likes to pick pick pick, and I still failed even though I did exactly what I was trained to do.
    What did you do wrong that they failed you?
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    I think that it is 3 skills here. That may vary state to state.

    I worked as a CNA part-time in nursing school. My salary was pitiful....I think I made $5.50/hr. BUT that was in 1999 and it was in a small nursing home in a very rural area.

    Starting pay at the nursing home I work at now is $8.60/hr. The CNAs are also paid extra for shift/weekend differential and skilled hall differential if it applies to them. The differential is pretty good, particularly on weekends. I believe it can get up to $3 on weekends. Skilled floor pay is 50cents/hr. They get paid for experience as well, but there is a $2/hr cap on that. For reference this is in Tennessee. This also isn't the best paying job around for CNAs, but I would say it is pretty average.

    I've never worked assisted living so I can't provide any information on that.

    When I was a CNA I was officially PRN staff. I was able to choose my own hours. Some weeks I'd work nearly full time, others not at all. It worked out with school better than anything else I could think of. I never had to worry about getting hours because there are always vacancies. Most nursing homes will let you come in for as few or as many hours as you want.There is always a need.
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    wow, cna's dont make much in your area. right now i work at a county-run nursing home, and the base rate is 9.71 per hour, but i make 15.39 per hour as a weekend premium. i work 6:30 to 2:30 every saturday and sunday, so even though its only 15 hours a week i get paid for, its really good money for the amount of hours. i would hate to do this job for less than 10 bucks an hour, it is really hard work.


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