The Top 5 Things to Know About Taking the CNA Exam

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) career is an essential piece of the healthcare industry, as well as a highly sought-after profession amongst those pursuing work in healthcare. It offers flexibility, a good salary, and opportunities to make a difference. At the Allen School of Health Sciences, we’ve specially tailored our premier Nursing Assistant Program to provide the education and skill set you’ll need to prepare to sit for the CNA Exam and begin working towards your dream job!

The CNA Exam also called the Nurse Aid Assessment Program (NNAAP) Exam, is offered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Earning this certificate verifies your proficiency as a nurse aid, and is essential to becoming a top job candidate. And while taking such an important test may appear stressful, it doesn’t need to be! The Allen School training is designed for success, and goal-oriented preparation will help you feel confidence and composure heading into Exam Day.

Below are five CNA Exam prep tips that will help you begin to understand the process of certification and how to study for success: 

You Must be Eligible

To take the CNA Exam, you must meet training and educational requirements by first completing an accredited nursing assistant program. While eligibility guidelines do vary slightly by state, enrolling at The Allen School for your CNA training will ensure you graduate with this eligibility. 

CNA Test Content: Know What to Study

To verify that you’ve gained a comprehensive education, the CNA exam will test your fundamental knowledge of nursing; your understanding of teamwork as it applies to working alongside other healthcare professionals; and your grasp on state regulations and regulatory agencies. The breakdown as outlined by teachingsolutions.org is as follows:

  • Physical Care Skills
    • Daily living activities
    • Fundamental nursing skills
    • Restorative skills
  • Psychosocial Care Skills
    • Emotional and mental health needs
    • Spiritual and cultural needs
  • Role of the Nursing Assistant
    • Communication
    • Client rights
    • Legal and ethical behavior
    • Healthcare teamwork

CNA Test Application: Know How You’ll be Tested 

The test itself is administered in two sections – a written exam and a clinical skills test.

The written portion of the CNA Exam is primarily multiple-choice. For example:

  1. When a person is admitted to the nursing home, the nursing assistant should expect that the resident will:
    1. Have problems related to incontinence
    2. Require a lot of assistance with personal care
    3. Experience a sense of loss relating to the life change
    4. Adjust more quickly if admitted directly from the hospital

The clinical portion is hands-on and requires that you demonstrate on-the-job skills under the observation of a test proctor. Skills you may be questioned on include:

  • Taking and recording patient blood pressure
  • Feeding, bathing, and dressing a patient
  • Assisting range-of-motion exercises

While it is not mandatory, you might find it helpful to voice aloud each step as you go, as it can further showcase your knowledge and even help keep your mind focused.

Take Advantage of Clinical Skills Prep and CNA Practice Exams

The Allen School offers free clinical skills practice before the exam, to prepare you for the hands-on reality. Better still, each campus is a certified testing location and enables you to test exactly where you’ve trained.

In addition to your formal training, utilizing online practice tests to aid your CNA Exam prep will allow you to approach exam day feeling confident and prepared.

We encourage you to look into such helpful sites as uniontestprep.com, CNA.plus, and practiceCNAtest.com.

Know What Comes After

Because state personalizes the CNA Exam based on individual rules, regulations, and procedures, your score will be determined by an advisory committee of healthcare personnel. See the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s website at www.ncsbn.org to learn more about the state scoring metrics in the state of your chosen Allen School campus.

Scores may be delivered via mail, email, phone call, or even – if testing was administered at a testing center by computer – immediately. 

We believe that a prepared state-of-mind is a confident state-of-mind and that both are key factors to earn your Nursing Assistant credential successfully. Contact The Allen School to enroll today!


Bilingual Jobs: How Nurse Assistants Use Language to Improve Care

The nursing assisting field is one of the most rapidly expanding in the nation. As more and more Americans are reaching retirement age, their medical demands become more pressing, as does the need for highly qualified professionals in the medical field. Working in the nursing assisting field is a challenging, rewarding career, and is highly accessible to people from all walks of life, as long as they have a passion for helping others. Specifically, the need for bilingual medical and nursing assistants has increased over the years, as American waiting rooms become ever more diverse. If you have proficiency in more than one language, here are a few reasons why a nursing assistant career could be the perfect way to put your skills to use.

Here Is What Being Bilingual Means for a Nurse Assistant

Being a bilingual nursing assistant is different from being a medical interpreter. Medical interpreters are specialized professionals who help convey important and difficult medical information to patients whose native language is not English and requires extreme fluency in that language. For nursing assistants, the requirements are not nearly so strict. Your primary job as a bilingual nursing assistant is to help non-native English speakers communicate their basic needs, like needing to use the restroom or updating them about appointment times, in a language that makes sense to them, and will help them feel comfortable. These skills are especially important to have in more diverse areas of the country, where many of the patients and families you will be dealing with may be immigrants.

What is The Most Rewarding Part of The Job?

The satisfaction of helping patients is second to none, and being able to help a non-native English speaker feel comfortable and safe in a scary and stressful situation can make the job worth it.

If you want to start a career that will help enrich your community and put your language skills to great use, contact The Allen School today for a consultation, and find out how to get started on your new career.


What to Wear for a Medical Assistant Interview

You don’t get a second chance at a first impression, and at job interviews, first impressions are vitally important. In just an hour, employers will get an idea of who you are, what your work ethic is, and whether you’ll fit their team, and it all comes down to how you carry yourself, and how you look.

One of the most important aspects of job interviews is looking the part, and dressing in a manner that makes you look like the competent, professional person you are, and someone your potential employer would be proud to have in their workforce. Remember to dress for the job you want.

Here are some tips on how:

Appearance

First off, it’s important to be clean and fresh overall. Make sure there are no visible stains or tears on your clothing, and that you’ve showered before the interview. Make sure your hair is well-brushed and in place. For an interview at a health facility, one of the best strategies is to go for business or business casual. For men, this can mean a full three-piece suit, or at the very least, a crisp button-up and tie. For women, this can mean a pant or skirt suit, or a dress with a conservative neck and hemline. Your hem should be no shorter than knee-length. Go for neutral colors like black, grey or navy. Avoid flashy colors or patterns. For jewelry, go for studs or small hoops with a small, non-distracting gem, or a tasteful chain and small pendant.

What to Avoid

Stay away from heavy colognes or perfumes. You want to smell clean, but avoid smelling like a department store! For ladies, a bit of makeup will make you appear fresh and well-groomed, however, stay away from the outrageous lip and eye colors that are more suited for a night out. Neutral shades like peach and tan will give you the perk you need. If you have removable facial jewelry, it might be best to take it out for the interview process. Make sure to cover any outlandish tattoos, if possible. Avoid jeans, sneakers, flip-flops, overly high heels and t-shirts at all costs, for these are all overly casual and will not give your interviewer a good impression.

Interviewing properly is the first step to a promising career in the healthcare field, and the first step to a successful interview is looking the part. When you look your best, you’ll feel your best, and be able to answer all questions with confidence and ease, and prove that you’ll be a valuable member of any facility you interview with!


4 Great Apps for Medical Assistant Students

Smartphones are an essential part of everyday life for many people. Smartphone technology has gotten so advanced that your iPhone or Android can act as a library, a music player, a map, an email server, or even a personal assistant. However, did you know that your phone can also help you in your career as a medical assistant? With this list of free apps, available for download now at your favorite app store, you’ll have the knowledge and resources you need to excel in the medical assistant field.

Skyscape Medical Library

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The Skyscape app gives you access to 400 medical references published by 35 verified partners, giving you a comprehensive guide to medical information instantly. Unlike a typical e-reader app, Skyscape provides interactive charts, pronunciation guides, and thousands of reference pictures and videos, to ensure you get the most comprehensive experience available.

Epocrates

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Epocrates is one of the most comprehensive medical apps available on the market today. You can find recommended doses for various over the counter and prescription medicines, quickly look up symptoms or identify a pill from its imprint code, all for free. For even more features you can subscribe to Epocrates +, but the free version will give you more than enough information to enhance your career.

CMA Smart Exam Prep

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While training programs like The Allen School will help prepare you for your accreditation exam with hands-on classroom training and one-on-one instruction, there’s always room for even more preparation. With the CMA test prep apps, you have access to thousands of practice tests, complete with explanations for incorrect answers, and 24/7 access from your computer or smartphone. When you have some free time to study, pick up your phone, take a practice test, and get accredited faster!

Medscape

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Medscape gives you access to dosage recommendations, symptom checkers, and information on potential medication interferences, all completely free. Medscape is updated continuously ensuring that you have the most up-to-date and accurate information possible.

The key to success in the medical assistant field is in your pocket right now. Paring these apps with training from The Allen School will help you become the most competent and educated medical assistant possible. Call The Allen School today for a free consultation and learn more about medical assisting in the 21st century. 


Closer to the Dream: Time to Think About Nurse Assistant Training

Many people come to America for one very important reason, to make a better life for themselves. America is a land of opportunity, with many different paths you can follow. While this can be exciting, it can also be challenging as you try to figure out what you want to do. If you’re looking for a career that will give you the means to support your new life, and make a difference in your new community, look no further than becoming a nursing assistant!

The Allen School is the perfect place to train as a nursing assistant because many of the instructors were once right where you are. Many of our faculty members are immigrants themselves, and have been through the process of healthcare training themselves, living proof that you can do it too! Our faculty is compassionate to the needs of their immigrant students, and work hard to overcome language and cultural barriers to ensure you get the education you need to become the best nursing assistant you can be and a thriving part of your new community!

Nursing assisting is a rapidly growing field in the US. It’s expected to grow by 11% by 2026, making it one of the most sought-after career paths in the country. At The Allen School, we give you all the skills needed to get you into the nursing assistant field faster, with most training programs lasting less than a year. After you complete your course of study, you will have the tools you need to sit for the certification exam, opening the path for bigger and better career opportunities. The Allen School also offers career services for students who need more in-depth career advice, and financial aid services for students who qualify. At The Allen School, we are dedicated to your success!

You came to America to make a difference, not just in your life, but in the lives of your community. The Allen School is the perfect place to start getting closer to that dream. Contact The Allen School today for a consultation and get ready to start your dream career!


Active Listening Skills Every Healthcare Professional Needs

In your time here at the Allen School you will learn many new things from clinical skills to professional best practices that will all help you begin your career as a healthcare professional. However one of the most important skills you can develop as you start working towards your goal of becoming a Medical or Nursing Assistant is the skill of actively listening to your patients. Below you will find a few tips to help you develop this vital skill.
  1. Face the speaker and maintain eye contact
  2. Be attentive, but relaxed
  3. Keep an open mind
  4. Listen to the words and try to picture what the speaker is saying
  5. Don’t interrupt and don’t impose your “solutions”
  6. Wait for the speaker to pause to ask clarifying questions
  7. Ask questions only to ensure understanding
  8. Try to feel what the speaker is feeling
  9. Give the speaker regular feedback
  10. Pay attention to what isn’t being said – to non-verbal cues
To read more about these great tips on listening please click here to view the full article. Start working on your listening skills while you are in school so that you are ready to put them into practice in the real world and as you begin your internship.If a career in healthcare sounds like the right fit for you please contact us today to join our final summer class which is enrolling now at all campuses. Please visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more today.

August is Immunization Awareness Month

August is Immunization Awareness month. Today we take a look at the top ten facts about vaccines from the World Health Organization (WHO). As a future healthcare provider it is important that you are aware of these facts so you are able to help your patients understand the importance of immunizing themselves and their children
  1. Immunization currently prevents between 2-3 million deaths each year
  2. More children are being immunized worldwide than ever before
  3. An estimate 19.5 million children under the age of one year did not receive DTP3 vaccine
  4. Important progress has been made in vaccine research and development
  5. Meningitis A epidemics nearly eliminated in Africa through immunization
  6. Global measles mortality has declined by 84%
  7. Regions of the Americas declared free of measles
  8. The world is closer than ever to eradication polio
  9. Maternal and neonatal tetanus eliminated in the WHO Regions of the Americas and South-Eat Asia
  10. Vaccines serve as a frontline defense against antimicrobial resistance
To read the entire article on vaccine facts as presented by the World Healthcare Organization please click here.If you are ready to start working toward an exciting new career in healthcare please visit our website at www.allenschool.edu. Fall classes are enrolling now and filling fast.

Teeth – Managers of Good Health!!

I know you are asking what does this mean?The first stop in digestion is the mouth; the teeth do the grinding and chewing of food so that saliva can begin the breaking down of food for use by the body. The muscles of mastication (chewing) are very strong which puts lots of force behind the teeth so they can do a great job of breaking down food.So…what can we do to ensure that our teeth are strong enough to continue to do a good job?First, destroy harmful bacteria by brushing and flossing each day. Bacteria needs to be broken up at least once every 24 hours to keep them from working together to damage teeth. Much of the bacteria in the oral cavity has a byproduct of acids that can erode the enamel. Enamel protects the tooth from decay and needs to remain strong.
  • Side note: brushing and flossing should be accomplished by gentle cleaning…NO SCRUBBING!!
Second, manage stress! Stress can manifest itself by clinching and grinding teeth either during the day or at night. Because the muscles that control the mandible are so strong they can exert a huge force strong enough to crack or grind away enamel which exposes the softer dentin to decay.Third, schedule regular checkups with the dentist to ensure that your teeth are strong. These visits allow the dentist to repair any areas on the teeth that are damaged by decay, clinching or grinding.There are other factors that need to be considered to maintain strong teeth that will be covered in future blogs.So, brush and floss only the teeth that you wish to keep!!

How Does a Stethoscope Work?

One of the main pieces of equipment most healthcare workers use is a stethoscope and most people understand that this device let’s a healthcare provider listen to a patient’s heart, breathing, and many other things. But have you ever wondered how a stethoscope actually works?The stethoscope uses multiple reflection of sound waves to amplify the sound of the patient’s heartbeat or whatever it is the healthcare provider is listening for. You can experience this on your own when you hold your hand up to your ear to hear something better, or when you hold a seashell up to hear the ocean sound. The tubing of the stethoscope is what specifically enhances the sound.The basic pieces of the stethoscope are:
  • Diaphragm – This is the larger metal disc at the end of the device, its good for hear high pitched sounds like heartbeats and regular breaths
  • Bell – this is the opposite side to the diaphragm and is good for picking up lower pitched sounds like heart murmurs
  • Tubing – this is the flexible piece that runs from the diaphragm to the headset.
  • Headset – The headset consists of the brace piece to give the stethoscope structure, the Binuarals which are the metal tubes that run from the tubing and finally the ear pieces that make the stethoscope comfortable to wear as well as helping to block out outside noises.
For over 200 years the stethoscope has been the go to medical device to help diagnose and monitor any number of illnesses and issues. It will be one of your most important pieces of equipment as you start on the path to your new career. If you are ready to begin your new healthcare career today please visit our website at www.allenschool.edu.

Change Your Life in 9 Months with Medical Assistant Training

If you’re ready for a change in your career and looking to enter the medical field, but you’re not sure where to start, consider medical assisting! The medical assisting field is one of the fastest growing in the nation, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting it will grow 29% in the next ten years.

There are many job opportunities within the medical assisting field, with medical assistants needed in almost every specialized medical field, from pediatrics, cardiology, specialty clinics and more. With such diverse opportunities and need within the field, you may have your choice of facilities across the nation, and find a field that truly fits you, and gives you the satisfaction of a job well done at the end of your workday.

You may be wondering, “How can I make the switch to medical assisting? Won’t it take years of expensive schooling before I can even set foot in the medical profession? How can I get started on this career path?”

Not true at all! Training to be a medical assistant is swift and accessible. Most medical assistant training programs, like The Allen School, can be completed in less than a year, and with the hands-on training you’ll receive in the classroom, you can be on your way to a new career in a matter of months. No having to wade through years of general education classes, and restrictive class times. At The Allen School, you’ll be able to spend less time in the classroom, and more time fulfilling your career goals.

The Allen School can also help you fund your education, so you can focus on your education and start your new career. If you qualify, our financial counselors can help you apply for loans, find grants, and provide financial counseling to help you budget for your future. Our classes are designed to fit every budget and lifestyle, so you can spend less time balancing your checkbook, and more time focusing on your new career.

Starting a new career can be difficult, and going back to school even more so. But at The Allen School, we help you take the stress out of career change and help give you the skills to transfer into the career you’ve always wanted. Change can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Call The Allen School today to set up a consultation, and find out how you can begin the work of your dreams in just a few short weeks.