Posted by Patricia Ramsey, RN on Feb 6, 2013
Will Florida Videos work for other states?
Will Florida videos work for other states? Since our CNA skills videos were posted on YouTube a year ago, they have been viewed by over a million people in almost every state and many other countries. A frequent question we encounter is, “I live in _______, will these videos prepare me for the test in my state?” The answer is…yes and no. First, for the “no”. Our videos were researched using Florida state standards and are based on the clinical skills checklist for the Florida CNA exam, located at https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/Nurseaide/Documents/NAClinicalSkillsChecklist20110729Final.pdf. They are based on the specific scenarios (or care plans) that are presented to the testing candidate and demonstrate exactly what the candidate will be required to do, where the patient will be positioned and reflect the current standards of the state of Florida. In other words, if our video shows the patient sitting in a chair at the beginning of a skill, then for the exam the patient will be sitting in a chair. If we show that only one hand is washed for the exam, that is what Florida requires for the exam. The videos are specific for the skills test in Florida and the evaluators cannot throw curve balls. Every test, regardless of where in Florida it is given, must be presented the exact same way by the evaluator to prevent discrimination and bias. Since we know what those requirements are, we show you what to expect during the exam. This helps eliminate some of the anxiety you may have regarding the testing experience. Now for the “yes”. Although the skills videos are presented based on care plans from the Florida exam, these same care plans are used by many, many other states! Because we have not researched the specific testing parameters of each and every state, we cannot say definitively what each state requires, but many students in many states have used these videos to prepare for their exam successfully. How is that possible? The skills for every state must comply with “best nursing practices”, which are universal. Principles such as safety, patient rights and infection control will not vary whether you are in Alabama, Arizona or Alaska. So the principles that form the basis of the skills are the same, regardless of where you are testing. What changes then? The scenario that you are...