Free CNA Certification and Training Videos

What type of resources are available to help you study for the CNA certification exam? The most common study materials used by students to prepare for the nurse aide state examination are textbooks, CNA practice tests, quizzes, review cards, and nurse aide skills videos. All these resources have been designed to assist you in preparing for the written and the skills portions of the exam. How should you start your review? Begin with the part that you are least comfortable with. If you feel that the hands-on clinical part is what you are most anxious about, then start practicing right away. Identify the nurse aide tasks you need to review the most and watch the CNA practice videos on these skills. Practice a couple of skills every day until you are comfortable with your performance.

To prepare for the written part we suggest going over your class tests and textbook quizzes first to refresh your knowledge. Once you complete the smaller tests set aside a block of time when you will challenge a longer exam, similar to that given on the CNA examination day. Make sure you will be undisturbed and time yourself for the duration of the test. Answer each question even if you have to guess some of the answers. When you are done we recommend going over your answers and making sure that you understand the items you answered incorrectly and the reason behind the correct answer. Understanding these concepts is essential in passing the nurse aide certification exam. Keep a positive attitude and take study breaks. Studying and practicing gives you confidence and ensures success on any test you have to challenge in the future.

Working With Behavioral Challenges
Learn about behavioral challenges that are encountered when working with people with dementia and how to deal with these problems. (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4)

Problem Behaviors
Learn about what you can do to prevent problem behaviors and the recognize the signs of problem behaviors and how you can best help clients which exhibit these problem behaviors. (part 1, part 2)

What is Dementia?
This video explains what dementia is, the types of dementia, and how it interferes with a person's daily life. (part 1, part 2, part 3)

District of Columbia Nurse Aide Written Examination and Skills Evaluation Handbook
Are you seeking nurse aide certification in the District of Columbia? Find out how to apply for and take the nurse aide exam in DC.

Comfort Needs
One of the most basic needs we as human beings have is the need to be comfortable. Learn about assisting patients with their comfort needs. (part 1, part 2, part 3)

Psychological Changes with Age
This video presentation focuses on the needs, rights, and responsibilities of older people as well as psychological changes associated with aging. (part 1, part 2, part 3)

Fall Prevention and Restraint Alternatives
Falls are the leading cause of injury in health care facilities. Learn about fall prevention and alternatives to the use of physical restraints. (part 1, part 2, part 3)

Care of the Patient with a Urinary Catheter
Learn about the care of patients with urinary problems by using catheters. This lesson addresses urinary incontinence, obtaining sterile urine samples, the functions of the urinary system and its structures and much more. (part 1, part 2, part 3)

Principles of Moving
Learn about physical therapy, various medical devices, and the principles of moving in order to assist your clients in a healthcare setting. (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4)

Alaska Nurse Aide Written Examination and Skills Evaluation Handbook
This booklet describes the process of taking the NNAAP Examination and it is designed for candidates seeking nurse aide certification in Alaska.

Urinary Elimination
Learn about assisting patients with urinary elimination. The lesson focuses on the basic principles and functions of the urinary system. (part 1, part 2, part 3)

Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook for the State of Alabama
This handbook is designed for candidates seeking nurse aide certification in Alabama. It describes the process of applying for certification in the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) and taking the NNAAP Examination.

Managing Arthritis
This video lesson covers some of the concepts of arthritis (inflammation of the joints) and the care of patients with arthritis. (part 1, part 2)

Free CNA Practice Tests ( Page 1 )

A nursing assistant training course gives you the knowledge and skills required for entry-level CNA jobs, but as a nurse aide program graduate you must prove your competency by passing a state exam. The nurse aide test is the final challenge you need to overcome so that you can hold certification in a particular state. Nursing assistants who move from one state to another and wish to transfer their CNA certificate are also required by several states to sit for the nurse aide competency exam. Candidates challenging this test for the first time might experience a certain level of nervousness and anxiety. These feelings are absolutely normal, and usually subside once the test begins.

Some of the most important things you can do to prepare for the CNA exam include: give yourself enough time to prepare for the test after you complete the nursing assistant training; review your notes and take any available practice tests; practice the skills outlined in the candidate handbook; rest well prior to the exam day, and keep a positive attitude. The nurse aide exam is not identical in every state. If you are applying for transfer of your certification from one state to another and have to challenge the CNA exam, make sure you obtain a candidate handbook from the testing agency in the state to which you are endorsing. This will ensure that you study the material you will be tested on, and that you are aware of any differences in skills or procedures required in that particular state.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Aliyyah N. on July 20, 2014 at 11:45 AM
Is there any way to study from the CNA book on your own and just take the exam? I am sure doing clinicals is required. Is there anyway to sign up for just clinicals and not the class?

Admin on July 21, 2014 at 10:33 PM
State regulations determine if you are allowed to challenge the CNA competency exam without first completing a nursing assistant training program. Very few states do allow this and you may check the rules for your state by contacting the nurse aide registry.

I have a certificate in Medical Assisting and will be attending nursing school to become a registered nurse. Will I be able to challenge the CNA exam without taking a CNA class?

How much does it cost to take the test and become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

Can a foreign certified nursing assistant challenge the CNA exam without additional training?

How can nursing assistants become registered or practical nurses?

Why is it so hard to find a job as a CNA?

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Nurse Aide Study Tips

Nurse aide students are always looking for tips and ways to get the most out of their study time. There are a few strategies you can follow to ensure complete success in nurse aide classes as well as on the CNA test. On top of our advice list is to always be present for your classes, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Not only should you arrive to all your nurse aide classes on time, but you must do the reading and studying required for each class.

Adequate preparation will lead to success in all your courses as well as on the CNA certification test. Practice the nurse aide skills you are being thought until you become comfortable and familiar with every task you need to perform. Many nurse aide students have found that practicing and studying with another person enrolled in the same nurse aide training program makes a big difference in how easy concepts are grasped and skills conquered.

Ask lots of questions in class and throughout clinical training. Instructors are there to help you understand and master the knowledge and duties of a nurse aide. Job orientation can be a hectic time, and to help yourself you need not only ask questions but also take your own notes. In a small pocket notebook write down everything of importance and reference it later to make sure you assimilate the information at your own pace. Being alert, open to new information, and having a positive attitude are also the keys to success in your new career.

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