Open House + Open Enrollment Event for English & Spanish CNA Training Programs: Wednesday March 13, 2019 2:00 to 5:00 pm

March Open House

Legacy Healthcare Careers, a small vocational career training school with a campus near Fort Worth, Texas is conducting an Open House Meet & Greet and CNA School Open Enrollment Event to take place on Wednesday March 13, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The address is 7100 Boulevard 26, Suite 205, Richland Hills TX 76180. Place a telephone call to either (682)313-6404 or (682)626-5266 to RSVP and confirm your attendance.

Light refreshments and beverages will be served. In addition, the nurse aide training program instructors will be there to answer any and all questions prospective students may have. Two CNA training classes, one in English and one in Spanish, are scheduled to begin on Monday March 18, 2019. Both of these are two-week nurse aide training classes. Class schedules are designed to accommodate adult learners who work full time.

In addition to an Open House, this is an Open Enrollment event. The minimum age to enroll is 18, or 16 years of age with parental consent. To enroll, potential students need to bring a picture identification such as a drivers license, passport, school ID or state issued identification card, as well as a social security card along with a diploma, GED, high school transcript, college transcript or proof of completing the 8th (eighth) grade.

To enroll, prospective students will also need to bring a $200 down payment to reserve their seat in the next two-week nurse aide training class that is scheduled to start on March 18. Accepted forms of payment include cash, credit cards, debit cards, money orders, and cashiers checks. In addition, Legacy Healthcare Careers offers the most flexible payment plans possible with as little as a $200 down payment to start.

All of the healthcare training programs offered at Legacy Healthcare Careers are fully approved to operate by the Texas Workforce Commission as well as the state Department of Aging and Disability. The school’s graduates are sent into the local employment market with solid vocational preparation and a multitude of hands-on skills that allow them to function in their new healthcare career pathways as trained nursing assistants.

So, why should adult learners choose Legacy Healthcare Careers over the other career training schools in the area? Well, we offer small class sizes in an intimate setting to facilitate learning. We offer real job placement assistance before you even graduate. We offer ongoing support after you graduate by way of resume preparation services, skills practice, career coaching and general advice. Also, our instructors care about you.

Are there any other compelling reasons to select Legacy Healthcare Careers over the other local CNA training schools in the Dallas /Fort Worth metro area? The school’s location in the Mid Cities area is convenient to those who live in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Irving and surrounding suburbs. Tuition is affordable. Three different partial tuition scholarships are issued every month. Students learn in a judgment-free zone.

In addition, all students enrolled in the nurse aide training program receive 40 hours of a hands-on clinical externship practicum at a local healthcare center where they get the opportunity to continually practice basic nursing care and perform procedural skills on real patients, residents and clients. Place that call to (682)626-5266 to jump-start your legacy at Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School. We hope to see you in class soon.

 

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Life is Less About What Happens to Us and More About How We Respond to What Happens

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It is assured that some readers have heard the popular adage, “life is ten percent of what happens to us and ninety percent of how we react to it all.” Well, the aforementioned saying carries a great deal of weight in all situations we face. The reality is that our outlook is everything. The ways we look at and respond to life’s various situations are what forms our views, beliefs and so much more.

Struggles and uphill battles will challenge us throughout our lives. Nonetheless, we have the power in our hands to perceive these struggles in a certain way. We can view these struggles as learning opportunities that strengthen our character. We can perceive life’s various struggles as challenges that can be overcome. Unfortunately, we can also choose to perceive any struggle as something we have absolutely no control over.

Believe it or not, but the power to start living a better life is totally in your hands. You do not need to be a passive spectator who simply allows things to happen to you without any control in the matter. You do not need to be powerless or helpless. In reality, you do possess more power than you will ever realize.

Every single person can decide to live the life he or she truly desires, regardless of how difficult times might become. It is all a matter of perception and mentality. If you perceive that you have the power to change your circumstances, you are more likely to take the steps to make this happen. On the other hand, those who perceive that they are helpless will continue to be steamrolled by life’s routine problems.

In other words, having an optimistic mentality is very helpful in life. Learn to seize the opportunity in every situation, good or bad. Only you can hinder yourself from attaining success in life. No one else is stopping you from living the type of life you really want. Rough situations such as domestic violence, lack of money and unsupportive people are small molehills that we can simply crush before we reach our awesome destinations.

Winston Churchill once said, “The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Differently worded, an optimistic person and a negative person experience the exact same event, but interpret it differently. The pessimist sees nothing but obstacles and problems while the optimist sees mostly opportunities and positive occasions.

For instance, going back to school is an event that tends to be approached differently by optimists and pessimists. The optimist has a perpetually positive outlook and says to herself, “I can do this.” School is not too hard for the true optimist. If they struggle in school or do not fully understand the material, they pull their resources together. They ask teachers and classmates for help. They seek to understand the material on their own time. Optimists find opportunities to conquer challenges.

Pessimists might not be enjoying their current state of affairs in life, but they also give up too quickly due to negativity. School is too hard for them because they perceive it in that manner. School is too expensive. School is pointless. You see the common thread…the true pessimist sees the difficulties in every situation and makes excuses to avoid taking the steps to improve his situation in life.

The moral of this piece is to change your outlook. Why should you change your outlook? It is because your life can improve dramatically if you alter the way you look at the things that occur in life. Once you start approaching various challenges in life with a more optimistic viewpoint, things will change for the better. To change your life, you must first change your thoughts. It really is your choice.

Do you have the optimism to change your life? Start by changing your career! The 7-day CNA program at Legacy Healthcare Careers is designed to deliver state-approved training. The 7-day CNA program trains students to become a nursing assistant in approximately one week. Call (682)626-5266 to enroll at Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School today. Classes start soon.

Additionally, Legacy Healthcare Careers will be offering certified medication aide training classes to prospective students in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area who are presently working as CNAs or direct care staff workers. Call (682)626-5266 to obtain more details on the upcoming medication aide training program.

Reasons to Consider a Healthcare Career (Part Three)

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NOTE: This is the third installment in a six-part series of posts that aims to illuminate some great reasons to seriously think about obtaining a career in the healthcare field. Click here to read part one, and click right here to read part two. Also, click here for parts four, five, and six.

A myriad of solid reasons exist for incorporating a healthcare career into one’s life. Parts one and two of this five-part series brought up multiple compelling reasons to consider a career in the healthcare industry. Continue reading to find out about several more of these awesome justifications for becoming a healthcare worker.

REASON 7: Healthcare workers meet wonderful people on a day to day basis.

Healthcare workers cannot avoid encounters with a wide variety of interesting people. Some of these interesting folks include patients, family members, physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, case managers, clinical social workers, dietary staff, physical therapists, administrators, managers, pharmacists, psychologists, and so many other types of clinicians, healthcare providers and assistive support staff.

Not only do healthcare workers get to meet a variety of great people on a daily basis, but they have the opportunity to learn new pearls of wisdom due to the collective body of knowledge that every single one of these individuals bring to the table. Each person in the healthcare sector can teach valuable lessons that will surely enhance our lives regardless of one’s educational level or occupational status. Thus, interesting people can lead to constantly invigorating shifts at the workplace.

REASON 8: Jobs in the healthcare field are in continual demand.

The healthcare industry is continually expanding; therefore, all the jobs and career pathways related to direct patient care are in demand. Countless employment opportunities exist in the burgeoning healthcare industry. Direct care members of nursing staff such as bedside nurses, nursing assistants, home health aides and patient care technicians are in explosive demand due to the hands-on skills they possess.

For instance, nursing assistants are in astoundingly high demand. The number of employment opportunities for nursing assistants and nurse aides has been projected to increase by approximately 11 percent through 2026, which is faster than the average for all other jobs according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018). The projections are glowingly optimistic for the future of healthcare.

REASON 9: There are a whole lot of job opportunities in the healthcare field.

There is an abundance of opportunities for employment in the healthcare industry. A person can simply read the employment section of the local newspaper and see all the job openings for differing types of healthcare workers. On the other hand, those who are more technologically inclined can view the vast number of healthcare job openings on employment websites such as Indeed, Monster and Careerbuilder.

Prospective students who have opted to enter the healthcare industry will soon be able to pick from a large selection of great job opportunities upon successful completion of their education and training. There are opportunities and settings to suit all types of personalities and interests. Some types of healthcare workers can work in hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics, physicians’ offices, personal care group homes, and an array of other types of workplace settings.

Do you really need any other compelling reasons to enter the booming healthcare industry? You can experience a life-changing transformation by entering a new a career pathway as a nursing assistant in as little as one week (7 days) if you make the choice to do so.

Call Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School at (682)626-5266 to enroll in either the 7-day CNA program, the 2-week CNA class, or the 3-week CNA classes in the Dallas /Fort Worth area of Texas. Or, if you wish, you can feel free to visit the school’s informative website at www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com to gather more information about the affordable nurse aide training programs. Jump-start your legacy right here and right now…

New Years Resolutions Related to Your Career

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Yes! The air is so thick with giddy anticipation that a person could figuratively cut through it with a knife. To some individuals, the new year is the most wondrous time of the year due to the professional and personal transformations that could be initiated if one is motivated enough to make changes. Another new year has entered our lives and consciousness along with the awesome promise of 365 new days that lie ahead.

Since everyone has been gifted with the same 365 days per calendar year, the ultimate goal is to avoid frittering those precious days away with lofty new years’ resolutions that turn out to be mostly unattainable. After all, it has been wisely said that time is an individual’s most valuable asset. Once a person wastes his or her valuable time, it is gone forever and can never be replenished again.

New years’ resolutions related to occupations and careers are of the utmost importance. After all, most people spend a considerable amount of their lives at work. In addition, the earnings from gainful employment often dictate how comfortable our personal lives will be. Bluntly put, money makes things happen, while a lack of money can cause even the best person to struggle with constant uphill battles related to finances.

For those who would like to make some career-related resolutions in the new year, the following is a brief list of ideas that may result in professional and personal self-improvement. Keep in mind that discomfort is usually the motivating factor that drives positive change in people. In other words, some of these new years’ resolutions might feel somewhat uncomfortable at first.

However, these new years’ resolutions are most definitely worth the time and effort in the long run for those who possess the perseverance and tenacity to keep plugging away at them. Without further ado, keep reading to find out about the actions that virtually any individual can take in order to transform one’s career prospects and overall value in the employment marketplace for the better.

Enter the healthcare industry

People who are unhappy with their current jobs or careers may wish to consider a career pathway in the healthcare sector. No matter the educational level, there is room for all types of people in the healthcare industry. A fulfilling position in the healthcare industry can be a life-changing new years’ resolution for so many individuals who are disgruntled with their present situations in life.

A dishwasher with a ninth grade education who is dissatisfied with his current job can transform his life and financial situation by completing a certified nursing assistant (CNA) program to become a nurses aide. Likewise, an overworked, underpaid social worker with a masters degree can retrain to become a registered nurse (RN), physicians assistant (PA-C) or any number of fulfilling roles in healthcare.

Pick up a technical-related skill

Let’s face it. Computers and technology are the towering waves of the future. Thus, it would be reasonable to say that those who are proficient with technical skills are the least likely to be left behind in this ever-changing, often brutal employment market. The olden adage advises people to either adapt or die! Knowledge is power, so empower yourself with relevant skills to boost your fund of knowledge.

People who are not very computer-literate might pursue an attainable goal of learning how to operate a basic computer. Those who are unfamiliar with the Microsoft Office suite of applications may wish to learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint since many employers like to see these skills on a job applicant’s resume. Those who are already proficient should consider learning the basics of coding.

Pursue a volunteering opportunity

Volunteers often dictate the amount of time they can devote to their volunteering ventures. Furthermore, volunteering involves devoting one’s personal time to assist others, and providing assistance to others is an essential ingredient in altruism. Also, volunteering can cause the volunteer to feel good and build character by providing exposure to diverse life experiences.

Most hospice companies accept and train interested persons who want to volunteer their time to help terminally ill patients and their families. Another noble organization is Meals on Wheels, a nonprofit service that arranges deliveries of prepared meals to those who are homebound and unable to cook for themselves. Also, many emergency medical services (EMS) companies readily accept volunteers.

Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School offers a 4-week CNA program as well as a 1-week (7 day) CNA program to prospective students who are located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. Both the 1-week and the 4-week CNA classes are state-approved.

Call (682)626-5266 to enroll in classes today. Legacy Healthcare Careers will also be offering a certified medication aide program later in 2019 to currently employed CNAs and unlicensed direct care staff workers who seek advancement in their healthcare careers.

Visit www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com for additional info on the CNA classes offered at Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School. Jump-start your legacy today…

 

Reasons to Consider a Healthcare Career (Part One)

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NOTE: This piece is the very first post in a comprehensive six-part series of essays that attempts to shine the figurative light upon some of the more compelling reasons people should seriously think about paving a career pathway in the burgeoning healthcare industry. Click here to read the second part, and click here for part three. Also, click here for parts four and five. Finally, click right here to read part six.

Healthcare is a huge industry in many countries around the world. Therefore, it would make absolutely perfect sense that a large industry such as healthcare would be bursting at the seams with an abundance of good opportunities for people who have enough tenacity to pursue it as a career. A number of very compelling reasons exist for considering a career pathway in the healthcare field. Keep reading to unearth some of these reasons!

REASON 1: Healthcare workplaces tend to be very interesting.

It is true: there is hardly ever a dull moment in healthcare. There will always be a new admission, discharge, interesting medical conditions, entertaining family members, helpful coworkers, changing workflows, and learning opportunities to keep your days at work filled with excitement. Healthcare work environments such as hospitals and skilled nursing facilities tend to be particularly interesting workplaces.

REASON 2: Healthcare jobs are associated with good pay and benefits.

The majority of healthcare job openings are for full-time positions that offer steady pay, decent benefit packages, and the potential for wage increases. In addition to the pay, the benefit packages are worth some money, too! Benefits such as employer-sponsored health insurance, paid time off, vacation hours, sick pay and life insurance cost the employer money while financially benefiting you.

Also, many employers provide a perk known as 401k matching. In other words, if a worker contributes a certain amount of money to a 401k retirement account, the employer will actually match it by contributing the exact same amount. This can result in thousands of free dollars to the employee every year if regular 401k contributions are made. 401k matching is a fringe benefit that cannot be beat!

REASON 3: Some healthcare jobs do not require many years of training.

A number of the most popular healthcare jobs do not require many years of education or training. For example, an individual can become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in just a few short weeks. A person can study to become a medical assistant in a few short months. Moreover, someone can become a licensed practical nurse (LPN), known as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in Texas and California, in about a year.

Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School is excited to announce course offerings that can enable people to enter the healthcare industry in as little as 7 days (one week). Legacy Healthcare Careers offers a 4-week CNA program as well as a 1-week CNA program in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. Both CNA courses of study are state-approved and can permanently transform students’ lives by jump-starting their healthcare careers.

Please place that telephone call to Legacy Healthcare Careers at (682)626-5266 to enroll. Legacy Healthcare Careers will also offer a certified medication aide program in the very near future to CNAs and direct care workers who would like to advance their healthcare careers to the next level. Jump-start your legacy today…

 

Top Questions You Must Ask Of Any Nursing Assistant Training Program

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To communicate this message in the most straightforward manner possible, not all certified nursing assistant (CNA) training programs are created equally. First of all, some CNA programs are offered at community colleges whereas other classes are taught at private schools or nonprofit organizations. Second of all, differing schools can charge drastically different tuition and fees for what is essentially the same CNA training.

Thirdly, some schools offer ongoing support services after students graduate from the nursing assistant training program while other schools offer absolutely nothing whatsoever. Ongoing support for nursing assistant graduates that some schools offer can be in the form of job placement assistance, CNA state test preparation courses post-graduation, provision of recommendation letters to other schools and employers, and help with writing résumés and cover letters.

Without further ado, the following is a compilation of questions that prospective students may wish to ask of any nursing assistant training programs they are considering attending.

  1. Is the CNA program approved? Nurse aide training programs must be approved to operate in the state where the school is located. If the nurse aide training program is not approved, graduates will typically not qualify to sit for the CNA state test.
  2. How long does the CNA program take to complete? Some programs take a week or two to complete, whereas other programs drag it out over the duration of an 16-week entire semester.
  3.  Does this program offer job placement assistance? Some nurse aide training programs offer job placement assistance to graduates, which is an immensely helpful service.
  4. Is the CNA program taught by nurses? Most states require nurse aide training programs to be taught by licensed nurses. Some CNA programs employ registered nurses (RNs) to teach all classes, whereas other programs utilize licensed practical/ vocational nurses (LPNs/ LVNs) to provide all the instruction. RNs tend to have more years of clinical and theoretical education than LPNs/ LVNs.
  5. Does the school offer help with passing the CNA state test? Some programs provide ongoing support to help graduates of the CNA training program pass the CNA state test. This is a fabulously helpful service that comes in handy to graduates who need extra help.
  6. What is the average class size? Some schools offer smaller class sizes of less than 10 pupils per class. Other CNA programs can have up to 20+ students attending nurse aide classes together. In general, smaller class sizes can translate into a higher level of individualized attention and more time for questions.

The nursing assistant training programs at Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School are fully approved to operate by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the state Department of Aging and Disability (DADS). In addition, Legacy Healthcare Careers offers job placement assistance to graduates, preparation for the CNA state test, and small class sizes that promote individualized attention to all students.

Moreover, all classes offered at Legacy Healthcare Careers are taught by RNs with many years of combined clinical experience. The tuition and fees for the CNA classes are affordable; additionally, the school offers a highly innovative 7-day course of study that enables students to become nursing assistants in only one week. Call (682)626-5266 to enroll or visit the school’s website at www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com for more information.

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Legacy Healthcare Careers Nurse Aide Training School Introduces the 7-Day CNA Program

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Prospective students who would like to enjoy a rewarding, fulfilling, invigorating healthcare career as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in the Dallas / Fort Worth area of Texas now have a fast-track option that enables them to accomplish their occupational goals drastically sooner than average. The members of staff at Legacy Healthcare Careers Nursing Assistant School are extremely excited to introduce the 7-day CNA program.

The caring, professional instructors at Legacy Healthcare Careers Nursing Assistant School can assist prospective pupils to convert their career-oriented dreams into reality in as little as 7 days! Those who are ready and willing to devote one long week to their schooling can enter a new and exciting career pathway in only 7 days. Continue reading for more details about this innovative nurse aide training program.

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The 7-day CNA program entails attending school for seven long days in a row. The 7-day CNA program consists of four days of nursing assistant theory instruction in the classroom setting. The four days of classroom and lab instruction will be followed by three days of hands-on clinical practicum externship at a local healthcare facility in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex area.

After successful completion of the one week of nurse aide training at Legacy Healthcare Careers Nursing Assistant School, students are considered official graduates who are now legally allowed to secure employment as nursing assistants. Once the nurse aide graduate takes and passes both sections of the CNA state test, he or she is granted state certification as a certified nursing assistant (CNA).

The CNA certification opens the doors to an amazing abundance of healthcare employment opportunities associated with steady income and job security. CNAs are in demand in most employment markets in Texas with employment numbers expected to be on the rise through the year 2026 according to projections from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In addition, due to longstanding reciprocity and endorsement agreements between nursing assistant registries and boards of nursing in different states in the US, the CNA certification bestows an array of marketable job skills upon the nurse aide graduate that can potentially be transferred from region to region.

Please watch the video below for more information regarding the 7-day CNA program. Moreover, interested prospective applicants should feel free to place a telephone call to Legacy Healthcare Careers Nursing Assistant School at (682)626-5266 to schedule a tour of the school and to inquire about enrollment. Prospective students should also feel free to submit an application to the CNA program online by visiting the school’s website at www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com.

Texas CNA Skills (Part Eight): What to Wear and How to Dress for the CNA State Test

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The broad majority of states in the U.S. have enacted laws that require graduates of nurse aide training programs to pass the respective state-approved examination in order to secure occupational certification as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Therefore, the CNA state test is extremely important to the future career prospects of countless nursing assistants.

Nonetheless, many nurse aide students remain blissfully unaware that a testing center dress code exists. Well, a dress code certainly does exist for the CNA state test, and more than one rationale for being dressed in a specific way at the testing center site has been presented. The rationales for the dress code have been listed below.

  1. Nurse aide test takers should anticipate the remote possibility of spending all day at the testing center. Therefore, all-day comfort is of the utmost importance.
  2. A nurse aide test taker might be asked to participate in a simulated patient care environment where he or she plays the role of a debilitated elderly patient for one or more other test takers who need to perform hands-on skills. Thus, nurse aide candidates will actually be performing their skills on each other during the skills evaluation section of the CNA state test.
  3. Nurse aide test takers should wear shoes with non-skid soles (bottoms) for safety reasons. The safety of all test-taking candidates needs to be upheld at the testing center.
  4. Any candidate who volunteers to play the role of the patient must wear flat slip-on non-skid closed toe shoes, loose pants or bottoms that are capable of being rolled up, and a loose tank top or loose-fitting shirt with sleeves that can be rolled up to the shoulders (Pearson Vue, 2018).

In general, test takers will never go wrong by dressing the part of an employed nursing assistant regardless of whether or not they opt to volunteer to pose as a patient. The following dress code is more of a basic set of guidelines for appropriate testing center clothing for the CNA state test. Keep in mind that Pearson Vue testing centers are the testing sites where all CNA state tests are conducted in the state of Texas. The following list contains generalities surrounding proper attire in regards to the Texas CNA state test, as well as testing sites in the majority of other states in the US.

  1. Wear closed-toe shoes with flat non-skid soles.
  2. Nurse aide test takers who do not volunteer to play the role of a patient should wear a medical uniform, scrub set, or casual attire. Clothing should be clean.
  3. Nurse aide test takers who choose to wear casual attire should wear jeans, pants, khakis or slacks to comply with the potential need for hands-on skills practice. Dresses and skirts are discouraged with the exception of religious reasons.
  4. Midriffs and abdominal areas should be covered.
  5. Nurse aide test takers should appear clean, groomed, and be free from strong body odor. Perfumes, body sprays and colognes are discouraged.
  6. Nurse aide test takers who wear white bottoms should wear proper underwear since patterned panties, briefs or boxer shorts might be seen through white material.
  7. Long hair should be worn back into a ponytail, bun, contained by a headband, or pinned.
  8. Fingernails should be kept short and trimmed.
  9. Nurse aide test takers must wear a wristwatch with a second hand.
  10. Limit / curtail the amount of jewelry worn to the testing center. The amount of jewelry the nurse aide test taker wears to the testing center site should be minimal.

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Be completely mindful that the CNA state test dress code is different in a handful of states in the US. For example, CNA state test sites in Arizona require all test-taking candidates to adhere to a very specific dress code, and those who do not comply will not be permitted to take the exam.

With regards to the CNA state test in Arizona, Headmaster LLP (2018) asserts that “SCRUBS (which consists of a scrubs top and scrub pants, scrub skirt (long, loose-fitting) or scrub dress (long, loose-fitting) and closed-toed, soft-soled shoes are the required dress code for testing. You will not be admitted for testing if you are not wearing scrub attire and the appropriate shoes. You will be considered a NO SHOW. You will have to pay for another exam date.”

Be sure to dress for success on the day of the CNA state test and beyond. The nurse aide testing site evaluator is the individual who will be observing for competency as the test taker performs the skills evaluation section of the state test. Dressing the part for the CNA state test can go a long way in presenting the image of a candidate who is fully competent, prepared, professional, and serious about his or her future career as a nursing assistant.

Readers have probably heard the olden adage that one never gets a second chance to make a first impression. The point is to present oneself to the testing site evaluator as a nurse aide who deserves to pass the CNA state test. A cleanly nurse aide candidate looks the part, whereas a test taker with 10 gold chains, a tight-fitting cropped top that exposes the torso and dirty blue jeans does not look professional.

REFERENCES

Headmaster, LLP. (2018). Arizona Nursing Assistant Candidate Handbook. Retrieved from http://hdmaster.com/testing/cnatesting/arizona/azformpages/azforms/AZCandidateHandbook%202.1.18.pdf

Pearson Vue. (2018). Texas Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook. Retrieved from https://home.pearsonvue.com/getattachment/73a0c524-4cbe-401a-aa5c-fe1ebf4e2517/Texas

 

 

 

Texas CNA Skills (Part Seven): Critical Element Steps in the Skills Competency Section of the CNA State Test

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Nursing assistants who want to obtain certification as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) will need to pass the CNA state examination for the state where they plan to work. In the state of Texas, the CNA state test consists of two sections: a written (or oral) examination with a series of 70 multiple choice questions, as well as a hands-on skills competency evaluation consisting of five procedural skills that are to be performed in the presence of a testing site nurse aide evaluator.

During the skills section of the CNA state test, all test takers will need to successfully perform hand washing as the first procedural skill. Thereafter, the test taker will be required to perform an additional four out of five testable procedural skills. The remaining four testable skills will be selected completely at random.

Before the skills evaluation section of the CNA state test starts, the testing site nurse aide evaluator hands the test taker an instruction card that lists the randomly selected procedural skills that must be completed. Hand washing is the only CNA state test procedural skill that is not selected randomly. In other words, all nurse aide candidates who take the Texas CNA state test will be assigned the skill of hand washing during the skills evaluation portion.

Critical element steps are also referred to as critical steps, key steps, critical items, and critical elements. According to Pearson Vue (2018), critical element steps are the important actions associated with each procedural skill that the test taker must complete with accuracy in order to pass that particular skill. In other words, critical element steps are actions that must always be performed when completing a skill in front of the testing center nurse aide evaluator during the CNA state test.

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A nursing assistant candidate will most certainly fail the hands-on skills evaluation section of the CNA state test if he or she forgets to perform, misses, or incorrectly performs any critical element steps associated with a particular procedural skill. Also, be advised that most, but not all, skills have critical element steps that need to be correctly done in order to successfully complete the entire procedure with a passing cut score.

As an example, the procedural skill of cleaning an upper or lower denture has no critical element steps associated with it. However, the skill of measuring and recording a patient’s respirations has at least one critical element step attributed to it. Missing, forgetting, or incorrectly completing the critical element step associated with measuring and recording respirations means that the test taker fails the entire skill.

The skill of measuring and recording a patient’s respiratory rate is listed below in a step by step sequence, along with the single critical element step associated with this procedure. The critical element step is emboldened and underlined.

  1. The nursing assistant explains the procedure using clear and slow speech that is understandable. The nursing assistant maintains face to face contact with the client as much as possible.
  2. The nursing assistant measures the client’s respiration rate for one whole minute.
  3. The nursing assistant makes sure that the client’s call bell or signaling device is within reasonable reach.
  4. The nursing assistant washes his or her hands before documenting the client’s respiration rate.
  5. The nursing assistant is to document a respiration rate number that falls approximately within plus or minus two breaths of the testing site nurse aide evaluator’s documented number.

In general, most provisions related to safety, privacy, numerical measurements and infection control are usually regarded as critical element steps for testing purposes while taking the skills competency section of the CNA state test. The test taker cannot miss any critical element steps while performing a hands-on procedural skill at the testing center, or else he or she will automatically fail that particular skill.

In fact, most failures on the skills evaluation portion of the CNA state test can be attributed to the test taker’s omission or forgetfulness of the critical element steps on procedural skills regarding client safety, rights, numerical measurement documentation, or privacy maintenance. In summary, do one’s best to avoid missing any critical element steps at the testing center.

REFERENCES

Pearson Vue. (2018). Texas Nurse Aide Candidate Handbook. Retrieved from https://home.pearsonvue.com/getattachment/73a0c524-4cbe-401a-aa5c-fe1ebf4e2517/Texas

 

 

 

Texas CNA Skills (Part Six): the Art of Nurse Aide Communication on the CNA State Test

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Communication can be defined as the ongoing exchange of data, information, thoughts, opinions and feelings among persons by way of utilizing speech, gestures and/or other means (Kourkouta and Papathanasaiou, 2014). Since nursing assistants are on the front lines of direct care in healthcare facilities, the communication skills of CNAs are truly fundamental to smooth interpersonal interactions and enhanced patient satisfaction.

Communication between nursing assistants and their patients is firmly grounded in a trifecta of three essential elements. These three elements include competent social skills, proven communicative techniques, and the Golden Rule of always treating other individuals in the same manner that one would want to be treated.

The communication of each nursing assistant is also guided by several ethical principles. First of all, veracity is defined as truth-telling. Nursing assistants possess the ethical obligation to be truthful (read: veracious) in all communications with their patients. Secondly, the ethical principle of integrity imposes a duty upon all nursing assistants to behave in a straightforward manner while adhering to high standards in all communications and encounters with patients. Finally, the ethical principle of fidelity is defined as being faithful, and nursing assistants have the ethical obligation to exercise faithfulness when communicating with patients.

Communication is also an element that is heavily tied into the skills portion of the CNA state test. The test taker will need to communicate with a patient in a simulated patient care scenario as a testing site evaluator observes. The vast majority of the hands-on procedural skills involve some type of verbal and nonverbal communication in order to pass the CNA state test. For instance, most of the skills on the CNA state test call upon the nurse aide test taker to engage in multiple communicative tasks.

The communicative tasks that are incorporated into the skills portion of the CNA state test often include verbal and nonverbal responsibilities such as introducing oneself as the nursing assistant, vocally identifying the patient, referring to the patient by his or her preferred name, explaining the procedure, maintaining face to face contact whenever possible, and asking if anything else is needed.

The following list is a set of general guidelines on communicating clearly and effectively with patients during the skills competency evaluation section of the CNA state test.

  1. The nursing assistant should greet the patient by his or her preferred name.
  2. The nursing assistant should introduce himself or herself to the patient by announcing one’s name and title (e.g., “My name is Rob and I will be your nursing assistant today.”).
  3. The nursing assistant should maintain face to face contact with the patient whenever possible.
  4. The nursing assistant should avoid staring into space or talking aimlessly. The nursing assistant should focus on the topic to be discussed.
  5. The nursing assistant should occasionally talk to the patient while providing the care.
  6. The nursing assistant should listen to the patient as he or she speaks and respond as needed.
  7. The nursing assistant should utilize appropriate social reinforcements such as praise, smiling, and rephrasing of the patient’s words as needed.
  8. The nursing assistant should encourage the patient to utilize the call light as needed and make sure it remains within easy reach.
  9. The nursing assistant should be cordial, even-tempered and honest in all verbal and nonverbal interactions with the patient.
  10. The nursing assistant should let the patient know verbally when he or she is preparing to exit the room.

REFERENCES

Kourkouta, L., and Papathanasaiou, I. (2014). Communication in Nursing Practice. Materia Sociomedica, 26(1), 65-67.