Hi, have a question about state test

  1. Hi Everyone,

    I got my CNA certification about a year ago, but I never took the State testor used it for work. I'm in thiird year of Nursing school and I just started my clinicals, I would like to get a part time job as a CNA in a hospital or a Nursing Home to get some nursnig experience and earn some money.

    I called the career center that I got my certificate from and they said I can still take the state test, but I have forgotten most of the CNA skills that we learned in the class. My question is how do I go about preparing for the skills part of the test.
    Last edit by noni06 on Jan 19, '07
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  3. by   jb2u
    If you are a third year nursing student, I would check with your local hospitals. Some will hire nursing students without a certification. Also, you should already have the basic skills down by third year, so that should not be an issue IF you want to take the certification test. The skills are basic...changing a bed (with and without someone in it), bp, resp., pulse, temp, measuring urine output.....stuff like that, nothing major. Good luck to you though. I still say call around first. You may find a hospital more than eager to take you "as-is."
  4. by   noni06
    Thanks for responding to my post jb2u. I quess I didn't make myself clear about being a third year nursing student. I go to a private university and they make you take all nursing prerequisites before you can take actual nursing classes, which takes two or more years. I just started taking nursing classes last fall. I finished intro to nursing, patho and nursing assessment last semester, and I'm taking fundamentals of nursing and pharmacology this semester.

    You are right, I learned how to take vitals last semester, but I don't know how to turn a patient, do grooming, make a bed, or measure intake and output.

    I called a few hospitals and they all wanted state certification.
    Last edit by noni06 on Jan 19, '07
  5. by   adorblepuppy
    You can go to person vues website and they will give you a brocure(sp) of what the skills will be. They are basicly simple. Or if nothing else, you may be able to take a refresher course for the cna. Which shouldn't take but about a week.