First of all, my understanding of the Nursing Association, specifically the Certified Nursing Assistant Registry exam, was a major component in why I did not succeed. As a new Certified Nursing Assistant, I had no idea what the tests were about. I’m no dummy when it comes to nursing, but I thought I was past the “rawest form” of nursing. I was wrong. I still had no idea what I was doing.
This is not a common experience for anyone who has taken the CNA exam. You have probably seen many’s that failed the exam for different reasons. Did they not study enough? Were they not dedicated to their career? Did they not show up for the test? Well, if you feel like you fit into any of those categories, then I suggest you don’t continue with your nursing career because you failed the CNA exam.
I didn’t know that there was a way to make sure I passed the Nursing examination. All of my classmates that failed the exam sat for the CNA exam and only one person who sat for the CNA exam passed it. That person was me, so I am going to tell you how I made sure I passed the CNA exam.
The first thing I did, which might not seem logical, is take a nap during the day. At the time I figured that sleeping for eight hours would give me enough energy to get through the entire CNA exam. I was wrong. Sleeping for eight hours actually decreased my performance on the exam by about twenty-three percent. Now, I will admit, this is not a huge amount of time, but it did decrease my potential to pass.
The second thing I did was eat right. I didn’t eat much during the week before the exam. I just stuck to a healthy diet consisting of lots of fruits, vegetables and drinking plenty of water. It also helped me with my sleep schedule, as well.
The third thing that really helped me out was going to the library and picking up a few books on nursing. I read a lot of nursing-related books, which really paid off because I now knew the most information on the exam. It was time to get serious. I committed myself to learning everything I could about nursing and I kept it up for about four months before the exam.
I took all of these steps, and my passing percentage did improve. However, by the time I went for my second CCNA certification test I was no longer willing to take the shortcuts. I wanted to pass the test and I made a commitment to do so. It took a bit of time, but I completed it in two years. I am very proud of myself and everyone who was able to help me along the way. I think if I had all of these tools I could have done it in half the time.
I want to share what I did that worked for me. I enrolled in an online Cisco training course, which has worked out well for me. I just log into the internet at night and I can learn at my own pace. I get more done in a shorter period of time because I am not distracted by people telling me what to do.
I also took advantage of the free Cisco tools and content. My coworkers and I play with the CCNA tools a lot. If I can find something on the web about it, I am happy to do so. I also subscribe to the CCNA magazines. I find them very helpful.
What I learned from all of this? Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to take risks. If something seems too hard, you might not be able to complete it. Being persistent, can pay off in big time when you are sitting for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam.