You have finished your Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program, and now comes the “fun” part—the exam! The CNA exam does not have to be a source of worry—not when you have the help of a CNA study guide. The right study guide can save you hours of research and minimize frustration. This article will answer some FAQs and help equip you in finding and/or purchasing just the right study guide by showing you what to look for, where to look, and some tips to help you choose just the right guide book for you.
FAQ #1—What do I look for in a CNA study guide?
Answer: First of all, that depends on what state you live in. Different states have different requirements depending on the certification exam essentials for that particular state. Most states require both a written portion and a clinical portion of the exam. All exams will require you to be able to answer common sense questions in a multiple choice format, based on what you learned in your training program. Some states require that you bring your own “patient” to demonstrate your CNA know-how and capabilities.
You want to find a CNA study guide that covers some of the following skills:
1. Basic Nursing Skills
a. Safety and Emergency
b. Data Collection and Reporting
c. Infection Control
2. Physical Care Skills
a. Rest/Comfort of the Patient
b. Nutrition and Hydration
c. Dressing and Hygiene
3. Psychosocial Care Skills
a. Spiritual and Cultural Needs
b. Emotional and Mental Health Needs
4. Your Role As a Nurse’s Aide
a. Client Privacy and Rights
c. Legal and Ethical Behavior
d. Your Role as Part of the Health Care Team
FAQ #2—Where do I look to find a CNA study guide?
Answer: Probably the best place to look for a CNA study guide is online. You can also ask for suggestions at the facility where you took your training. Here are just a few of the study guides available for purchase:
CNA Study Guide & Exam Review-CNA Exam Practice Questions
This guide is available at cna-test-coach.com, and provides CNA test support by the #1 online resource for CNA certification.
Mometrix Test Preparation-Study Guides and Flashcards
This study guide is available at mo-media.com and offers test preparation and resources, including study guides and flashcards.
CNA Certification and Training Information
This guide is available at cnatips.com and provides training questions and answers to study, and lots of other helpful information about becoming a CNA.
FAQ #3: What are some tips for choosing the right CNA study guide for me?
- Choose a study guide whose primary focus is preparing you for the exam, and not one filled with fluff.
- Look for a study guide from an author(s) that is trained and qualified in the CNA field.
- Are the questions and answers in a format that is easily readable and understandable?
- Does the guide interest and motivate you, or is the text and format boring?
Armed with the right information, you can easily choose the best CNA study guide that is just right for you!
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