Getting Ready for the CNA Certification Exam

Becoming a CNA or certified nursing assistant is no easy feat. Although they’re not registered nurses, the CNA training still requires a lot of dedication and hard work.
There are about six courses in a CNA curriculum. Most of them are subjects that belong to the Nursing academe. So it is still difficult.

The first subject that you will be learning will be the Fundamentals in Patient Care. It is the foundation of all nursing care service. One of the most important lessons in this subject is patient assessment. The needs of the patient have to be identified correctly. Next is needs prioritization. A CNA has to be able to know what patient need has to be satisfied first. How to create a care plan is also part of the subject. Nursing interventions will also be taught in this subject. At the end of the care given, CNAs will then be taught evaluation. They will have to document the care given properly. This will keep the patient and the health care provider safe.

Another subject that is essential to CNA training is Basic First Aid. It is important that a CNA be able to understand what to do in an emergency situation. CNAs can do basic first aid for patients that need it. There will be times that an emergency situation is beyond the skill of a CNA. The CNA must then be able to know where and when to refer a patient to the next level of care.

CNAs also have their own set of nursing procedures. the usually involve measuring and recording the vital signs of a patient. For the most part, CNAs do nursing procedures at the supervision of a registered nurse.

An aspiring CNA student only has about 6 to 12 weeks to learning everything. Don’t be scared though. If you feel you are not ready to take the CNA certification exam, you can train some more.