Depending on your state of residence, the skills portion of the CNA certification test will consist of three to five skills chosen at random. Hand-washing is usually one of them so you have one down already. You will be given twenty-five to thirty minutes to complete all of the clinical skills required of you. Twenty-five minutes doesnt sound like much time, but in actuality it is a sufficient amount of time to get your work done. It is likely that you will have time to spare, as long as you have had adequate preparation. So with that said, don’t be hasty! Take your time and be thorough. Exams have been failed due to examinees forgetting the simple act of raising a bed rail, or locking the wheelchairs.

If you break down the skills according to time, you will start to realize that you will have sufficient time to complete your skills, and hopefully that will ease some of your stress.

Potential Scenario:

1) Hand washing (1 minute)

2) Blood pressure (1-2 minutes)

3) Respiration (five minutes)

4) Pulse (one minute)

5) Measure Urine Output (one minute)

Thats all of 10 minutes. However, keep in mind that these are relativity quick skills to perform.

The skills that require the greatest amount of time are a modified bed bath and making an occupied bed. My advice is to practice these skills, and once youre comfortable, time yourself. If it takes you five to seven minutes to make an occupied bed, then you know that youll have eighteen to twenty minutes to complete the other 4 clinical skills. What if they give you two clinical skills that take a relatively long time to perform? No sweat both should just take up to ten to twelve minutes.

Once you have your skills down, time yourself performing them and write them down. This isnt to alarm you, but to give you an idea as to how well you will perform within the given time. It is improbable that there will be any combination of skills that will consume more than the allotted 25 minutes. If you are still worried about it, you would be best advised to practice your clinical skills to become more proficient at performing them. Again, I dont mean rush you should never rush. But instead, become more comfortable and efficient with the clinical skills, and your time will surely improve.

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