Failed the stupid CNA test again...for what??? - page 2

I re-took my CNA skills test today. Had a different tester and thought everything would go fine. Everything wen't completely smooth, until I did the blood pressure. THe stethescope they use is... Read More

  1. by   bohica
    did you say you got 140/95 to the examiner or was that a type-o because i was taught the numbers can only be even numbers in a manual b/p , so maybe she failed you for the 95 , or did she say you were just to many points off? either way im sorry this happened to you i know how ya feel my class only has two days left and they are failing all off us for dumb crap and we are just doing like fake state exams in class to prepare and people have been brought to tears . i really freaked about the real state test now . good luck with your test and congrats on getting into nursing school
  2. by   theidealist
    I understand how your feeling. I just found out tonight that I failed my skills test for a SECOND time! I'm really disappointed and upset because it's always just one skill that I fail (though they never really tell me exactly what I did wrong, just what skill I failed) and it's really fustrating. It's been almost 8 months since my class and I know that is probably is what is affecting my abilities. I'm nervous for taking the test again since I'm afraid I'll have to take the whole class over again which I can't afford in time or money. ugh.
  3. by   carolmaccas66
    I worked with a hypertension specialist, and he told me that BP can change up to 300 times in a 24 hour period (more if ur active), & that u can get different readings from minute to minute. BP is not a stable thing at anytime.
    Can u talk to this instructor & ask how u could do ur readings better? I've never liked those training stethoscopes, I reckon u hear different things on each one.
    When listening next time, do the BP as slowly as possible, & re-do it again, just to compare readings. Really try to improve ur listening skills as well, & make sure there's no noise around when ur doing the test. I always do this with manual BP then check with a machine & the readings are usually very similar, but never EXACTLY the same.
    It seems silly to make u re-do the whole thing again if u fail. Is there anyway you can check that, and also check the equipment is working properly? Maybe it was faulty (it happens on the wards occasionally with equipment).
    Just practice, practice, practice until ur an expert then u will breeze thru! I'ts horrible failing things, as I've done in the past, but if u persevere u will get thru.
    Try 2 have faith in urself, I know it's hard, & just keep practicing with that particular stethoscope (borrow it) with a friend maybe.
  4. by   carolmaccas66
    Quote from bohica
    did you say you got 140/95 to the examiner or was that a type-o because i was taught the numbers can only be even numbers in a manual b/p , so maybe she failed you for the 95 , or did she say you were just to many points off? either way im sorry this happened to you i know how ya feel my class only has two days left and they are failing all off us for dumb crap and we are just doing like fake state exams in class to prepare and people have been brought to tears . i really freaked about the real state test now . good luck with your test and congrats on getting into nursing school
    I've never been taught that u should always get an even number with a manual BP. If u listen carefully, u will get even and odd readings. I was always told it's very important to chart exactly what numbers u hear, not to put it to the most even number. That's why you do a machine and then a manual BP to double check, and compare the readings.
  5. by   fuzzywuzzy
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    Last edit by fuzzywuzzy on Dec 21, '10
  6. by   hiddencatRN
    Can you practice with a double headed stethoscope? I found that to be helpful for my BP checkouts in nursing school. Also- one of my instructors recommended getting ear wax removing drops just in case there was a wax problem making it difficult to hear.
  7. by   Cat_LPN
    Guys, this thread is over 6 years old The OP is probably already graduated from RN school now
  8. by   hiddencatRN
    Quote from Cat_LPN
    Guys, this thread is over 6 years old The OP is probably already graduated from RN school now
    Lol- I totally missed that! Oops!
  9. by   carolmaccas66
    Then how come this came up as a new thread on my computer?
    Weird...

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