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Study Tips For Taking A Nursing Assistant Exam

Not many people enjoy taking an exam.  The best way to prepare for the CNA practice test or exam is to study the material.  Here we’ve provided a few tips that you can use to help plan your studying and really excel on your CNA exam.

Make A Study Schedule: You most likely wont have the liberty to take a few days and dedicate them solely to studying.  A great tool is to create a study schedule. With this schedule, you can plan out your daily activities and fit designated study time into your busy days.

Don’t Procrastinate:  Although procrastination is easily done, it is best to not put off studying until the last minute.  Study a little bit everyday (or a few days a week) will better prepare you for your exam and not leave you feeling overwhelmed.

Create Flashcards: Creating flashcards is a great tool that will aid you in studying.  During the process of writing out each flashcard, you’ll be able to absorb some of the material.  After the cards have been created, you can carry the flashcards around and study whenever you have a few minutes to spare.

Make Vocabulary Sheets:  Creating vocabulary sheets can help you become more familiar with the language that will be on the exam.  The more familiar you are with the vocabulary, the more comfortable and confident you’ll be on the subject.

Don’t Cram:  It is very important to study more than one night before your CNA exam.  In order to retain all of the information, you’ll need to spend multiple days studying.  Cramming the night before might seem time effective but it might now be enough time for you to learn all of the information and pass.  The best way to ensure you’ll not only pass the CNA exam but also retain the knowledge you’ve learned is to study over a period of time.

Although test taking is not always easy, being as prepared as possible can make your CNA exam more manageable.  Remember to spread your studying out in order to truly absorb all of the material for your CNA exam.

Elderly Care And In Home Assistance

As individuals age, many times the elderly find themselves facing an illness, disability, or the loss of skills necessary to accomplish the daily tasks of living alone. The transition from in home to a nursing facility can often leave the elderly feeling useless and depressed. Hiring a home health aide to assist in the elderly patient’s home is a way to provide someone to interact with throughout the day and also allow them to continue to be independent in their own home.

Home Health Aides and State Tested Nurse Aides can make a difference in the lives of elderly patients.  Through their support and assistance, elderly patients can continue to live within their own home independently.  The following are a few of the many ways HHA, CNAs, STNAs assist:

  • Offering emotional support by listening to the patients and showing kindness.
  • Provide excellent care to the patients by applying the most up-to-date skills and techniques learned.
  • Communicate clearly with other medical professionals involved, such as doctors, nurses, specialists, and the patient’s family to ensure they receive accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
  • Offer moral support and keep them motivated to continue independently living.

At Richard Medical Academy, we offer the skills and training necessary to provide attentive health and living assistance to the elderly.  If you have a passion for senior care and are interested in becoming a certified nursing assistant, contact us at Richard Medical Academy for more information on our Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) programs.

Qualities Needed To Become A Nursing Assistant

If you are considering becoming a certified nursing assistant, it is important to think about the qualities necessary to succeed within the nursing field.  There are a few major attributes a CNA should encompass. Here we’ve broken down some of the necessary qualities:

Time Management – When considering becoming a nursing assistant, time management is an extremely necessary quality to possess.  Working as a nurse will involve taking care of a number of patients at one time.  You will need to keep track of schedules and what needs to be done for each patient on a day-to-day basis.  You’ll be responsible to manage not only your own time but also that of your patients.

Confidence – It is very important to have confidence in what you are doing.  When assigned a task by the doctor, a nursing assistant should not be second-guessing their abilities or what needs to be done.  Doctors rely on nursing assistance to know what they are doing and have confidence when completing the job.

Ability to Handle Stress – The healthcare field will be stressful.  It is necessary that as a nursing assistant, you can handle stress and still preform your job duties.  There will be times when patients have complications and will need immediate assistance.  Handling stress and preforming what is asked will be a constant aspect of your nursing career.  The ability to handle stress both in and outside the workplace is a very important quality for any nursing assistant.

Knowing what to expect can help you prepare for a new career.  If you feel that you possess these qualities and are interested in nursing, check out our program and get started on your path to become a certified nursing assistant.

Job Responsibilities of a LPN

If becoming a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) is your new career path, it is important to know the responsibilities you will be expected to handle. The role you will have in your health care team is important, so understanding the job will better prepare you as you begin your LPN education.

IV Line Maintenance – The intravenous line (IV), is often thought of as a lifeline for patients. The IV is where medications are injected directly into the bloodstream for quick absorption. The ability to provide rapid relief with medications as well as keep patients hydrated is an important aspect of an LPN’s job. It is the LPN’s responsibility to keep an eye on the IV line along with change fluid bags, dislodge IV lines, administer epidural infusions, and supply oxygen to the patients.

Medication Oversight – An LPN is often the individual that will administer patients their medication. It is the LPN’s responsibility to monitor the dosage and time medication should be provided to each patient, in effort to keep him or her on the right track for recovery.

Patient Hygiene – LPN’s are in charge of taking care of a patient’s hygiene. They must change bed linens, change clothing, provide bed baths, assist with oral care, and assist with any other bedside care that is assigned to nurses.

These tasks are common but also only a few of the many responsibilities a LPN will encounter while on the job. Through our nursing program, you will learn everything necessary to succeed on the job and begin your career as a licensed practical nurse.