Working in the medical field is one that requires extended educational learning and requires state requirements to be met. This is done in the form of state exams in order to become licensed, and the CNA state test is one that is often times difficult. You are going to be tested with a competency test as well as a hands-on skills part. This part of the test is going to require you to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in 3 of 5 given tasks. The instructor has a way to make some students feel nervous, and that is why they are constantly looking over your shoulders the entire time. For those of you who are in the process of taking the CNA test, here are some pre-test tips to help reduce and eliminate those jitters to help you ace the exam.StudyRather than studying a night before the exam, ensure that you take a few weeks to review materials learned. You can make flash cards of medical terminology and have a friend or family member help you. Have them test you on the terms so that you are not memorizing them. You should take detailed notes throughout your course so that you are always able to go back and study.Take a Practice TestYou can find a practice CNA test online that is designed to help you better prepare as it can give you an idea f the types of questions to expect. You can find these online for free, and often times your instructor may even be able to help you out with this. There are roughly over 100 questions to the competency part of the exam, and therefore you should study all materials learned over the course of the program.Practice Clinical SkillsYou can ask your family to allow you to practice some things with them. You can practice oral care, helping with feeding, transferring, and you can also practice changing an occupied bed as well as positioning. There are some skills that are not going to be able to be practiced such as catheter care and peri-care, but these you will just have to study the steps and procedures for doing it, and take your time. These skills are essential to learn, and can make or break your chances of getting your CNA certification the first time around.Memorize Patient RightsThere are going o be a lot of questions that are going to focus on the rights of the patient as far as patient confidentiality is concerned. This is something that you should spend a little extra time on as well as OSHA and HIPAA rules and regulations. More and more patients are becoming more and more aware of their rights, and therefore as a healthcare professional you need to be aware of their rights as well.The CNA state test is not something that you need to worry about. As long as you study everything you were taught, you are going to pass the test with flying colors.
Company profiles vary widely in length, but all contain several essential elements. When written well, a company profile quickly conveys your organization’s purpose, history and function to the press, to the general public, and to potential customers and investors. Here are nine tips for writing an effective company profile.Tip #1: Begin with a brief but comprehensive introductory statement. For example, “With nearly $3 million in sales since its beginning five years ago, Holistic Pet Food is one of the only sources in North America of truly healthy, organic food for dogs and cats.” This statement captures the company’s region, its rapid success, and its special strength in organic pet food.Another example: “Since 1934, Giamatti has been the leading produce wholesaler in the Metro Boston area. A family-owned business, Giamatti serves fine restaurants as well as supermarkets and other purveyors of quality produce.” This statement does not mention financial success, but instead emphasizes the company’s longevity and the quality of its product. The word “purveyor” is usually associated with the food industry and fits nicely with the tone of the sentence.In other words, begin a profile that briefly captures the most important qualities of the company. Starting a sentence with a phrase such as “A major provider of…,” or “A recent, highly successful start-up,…” are useful ways to incorporate several pieces of information into a single sentence.Tip #2: Include a little history, just enough to give a sense of time and place. For example, the difference between a brand new start-up and a three-generation family company is significant.Tip #3: Include your company location, whether this is a single address in Cherry Hill, New Jersey or corporate headquarters in Houston with six locations in Europe and Asia.Tip #4: Summarize product lines, but at a very general level, for example: “Holmes Textiles produces domestic carpeting and a wide line of interior design fabrics.”Tip #5: Include some very brief contact information, even if only a single email address to your media department (or other appropriate contact).Tip #6: Information in a company profile is assumed to be in the public domain and available to the media. By all means check with your media department or other group to make sure that you are only revealing what is not confidential.Tip #7: Always be clear, before you begin, about the purpose of your profile. Are you handing it out as part of a media packet? Will it be on the home page of your website? Are you preparing to meet with potential investors or venture capitalists? Be sure to shape the content of your profile to your audience.Tip #8: Some profiles are only a paragraph long. Others may cover a whole page. In every case, though, a profile is just that, a profile, and not a lengthy annual report. It’s a tool to quickly engage your readers, so that they will be interested in learning more about you.Tip #9: Profiles are as useful on a website as in a brochure. When putting a profile on your website, be sure to include links to other pages where the interested reader can go to learn more about you.Copyright (c) 2010 Jane Sherwin. You may reprint this entire article and you must include the copyright info and the following statement: “Jane Sherwin is a writer who helps hospitals and other healthcare facilities communicate their strengths and connect with their readers.”