Frequently Asked Questions on the Promissor C.N.A Skills video
FAQ on the Video
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THIS VIDEO IS FOR THOSE WHO ARE READY TO TAKE THEIR C.N.A STATE TEST AND WANT TO REVIEW THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED TO KNOW FOR THE STATE TEST. THIS IS NOT A TEACHING OR TRAINING VIDEO. IT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR A NURSE AIDE TRAINING PROGRAM.
1. What exactly is the skills video and how can it help me?
If you have already completed your C.N.A. state training program then you have been trained on all the skills that you will need to know for your state licensing test. You were given a candidate handbook with each skill written out step by step that you will have to perform when you take your state test. Reading these skills over and over can help you learn them but reading AND actually watching them be preformed over and over helps much more. It is essential that you not only read your C.N.A skills handbook as you watch the skills being preformed BUT you also must stop the video and physically practice the skills. If you don't have anyone willing to sit in bed and play your patient then put a pillow, doll, or teddy bear in bed. You MUST physically do the skills to pass the test. If you think you can just watch the video and read your C.N.A handbook and pass your state skills test, I guarantee you will not.
This video can also help you in your nurse aide training course. You can be watching and practicing the skills from day one of your course so that you will be ready to pass your course skills test.
2. Will this skills video be exactly like my state's C.N.A skills?
No. The video will not be exactly like the skills in your state handbook BUT very close. We made the Pearson VUE(Promissor) video following the Pearson-Vue handbook in the state of Colorado. Having viewed the handbook from all the other states where Pearson-Vue (Promissor) tests there are only some minor differences.
THIS IS THE MAIN POINT TO REMEMBER:
No state differs on HOW they make an occupied bed, or help a person with a bedpan, transfer someone from the bed to the wheelchair, take a pulse, blood pressure or count respiration's or wash someone, hand, face, foot, etc. Everyone from a C.N.A to a Registered Nurse (RN) is trained to perform these tasks the same way. If your training was a bit different then what you see on the video that is OK. Small variations are to be expected. Small variations do not make your training program wrong or us wrong. The video refreshes you on what you were taught in your training program, how to properly make an occupied bed, use a bedpan and so on.
The DIFFERENCES are the small steps that your state skills handbook may want you to perform on your state test. Such as, in some states "wash your hands" is the first step in EACH skill, in some states "wash your hands" is only seen at the end of each skill. Another example of a difference is in some states you need to put a fresh cup of water out for the patient as a last step in every skill. In some states you will lock the wheels on your patients bed other states will not have this step in a skill. That is why we urge you to follow along in your C.N.A skills handbook and make a note of steps in your state that need to be preformed that may not be on the video. REMEMBER, if you do more (extra steps) on your skills test you will NOT be counted off. You are NEVER penalized for doing more steps then are in your skills handbook.
EXAMPLE: This is one trick I teach my students (after 9 years of teaching the nurse aide class I know what works). Not every skill requires that you give the patient privacy (pull the privacy curtain or close a door). I know I am going to be nervous on my skills test and the last thing I want to try to remember is IF this skills requires privacy or not , SO I am just going to give privacy (pull the curtain or shut the door) for EVERY skill, then I won't forget it on a skill where it is required. Remember, I can do more steps then are in a skill and NOT be counted off. You can use the same strategy for putting on gloves, just put them on for every skill if you want too.
3. I have questions about becoming a Nurse Aide. Where do I find classes, how do I transfer my license from one state to another, can I take the state test with the education I now have, etc.
On our website is a page with all the Nurse Aide State Registry agencies. Find your state and call them and ask these questions. If our phone number is out of date you can search for the agency on line and find the new number.
OTHER THINGS TO REMEMBER:
You do not have to perform each step in the EXACT order that it appears in your skills handbook in order to pass the test. Example: When you are doing a partial bed bath. At some point you need to change the patients gown. As long as you get it changed BEFORE you end the skill it does not matter WHEN in the skill you change it.
Example: some skills require you put on gloves. As long as you put on the gloves BEFORE you touch the thing the gloves are required for it does NOT matter when you put them on.
Some students get so caught up in performing the steps EXACTLY in the order that they are printed that they can't really focus on performing the steps correctly. You are being graded on weather you do all the steps or not. If you miss a step you are counted off. Again, it is not the strict ORDER that you perform each step RATHER if you preformed each step.
ONE FINAL WORD:
The way we perform patient care in the video is in accordance with the RN's training program. If your training was a bit different then what you see on the video that is OK. Small variations are to be expected. Small variations do not make your training program wrong or us wrong. If you perform the tasks the way we do on the video you will have preformed it correctly. You will have preformed it the way every RN was trained to perform it. The person that will be evaluating your C.N.A skills test will be a Registered Nurse.
Our goal is to help you pass your state test and become a licensed nurse aide. We want you to succeed. If our skills video or practice tests do not help PLEASE send them back for a refund withhin 7 days (less shipping and handling).
We wish you good luck in your new career and we bless you for this wonderful work you have chosen to do. Thank you, Avanza Education.
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