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Certified Nurses Assistant Exam

23 Questions
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Pre-employment assessment for CNAs

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The immediate supervisor of the nursing assistant is:
    • A. 

      The RN

    • B. 

      The LPN

    • C. 

      The experienced nursing assistant

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is NOT a responsibility of the nursing assistant?
    • A. 

      Obtaining vital signs on the assigned patients

    • B. 

      Providing personal hygiene to the assigned patients

    • C. 

      Taking telephone orders from the physician for the assigned patients

    • D. 

      Assisting the assigned patients with meals

  • 3. 
    Care of the patient includes all of the following EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Assisting in their physical needs

    • B. 

      Assisting in their spiritual needs

    • C. 

      Assisting in their financial needs

    • D. 

      Assisting in their psychosocial needs

  • 4. 
    What is the most effective means of preventing the spread of germs?
    • A. 

      Wearing gloves for all procedures

    • B. 

      Washing hands briskly with soap and water or alcohol based agent

    • C. 

      Wearing a gown

    • D. 

      Wearing a mask

  • 5. 
    You are walking with a client in the hallway. The client suddenly becomes weak and starts to fall. What is your first action?
    • A. 

      Catch the patient and prevent the fall

    • B. 

      Scream for help

    • C. 

      Ease the patient to the floor, preventing them from injuring themselves

    • D. 

      Hold the patient upright until a wheelchair arrives

  • 6. 
    Which of the following pieces of information would require the RN to be notified immediately?
    • A. 

      Temperature of 103 F, BP 200/100, Blood Sugar of 250

    • B. 

      Temperature of 100 F, BP 150/88, Blood Sugar of 150

    • C. 

      Temperature of 99 F, BP 120/80, Blood Sugar of 120

    • D. 

      Temperature of 98.6 F, BP 110/70, Blood Sugar of 90

  • 7. 
    You enter a patient’s room and notice that he is not breathing. Which of the following should you do first?
    • A. 

      Elevate the head of the bed

    • B. 

      Open the airway by using the jaw thrust movement

    • C. 

      Check for a carotid pulse

    • D. 

      Turn the patient on their side

  • 8. 
    You are assisting a patient to eat. The patient suddenly becomes choked and starts to cough. Which action should you take?
    • A. 

      Encourage the patient to continue coughing

    • B. 

      Pound the patient on the back

    • C. 

      Stand behind the patient, put you arms around the patient, make a fist with your hands and deliver three blows using a downward motion

    • D. 

      Place the patient on the floor

  • 9. 
    You are bathing an unconscious patient. Which of the following should be reported to the nurse immediately?
    • A. 

      Urine in the foley bag appears cloudy

    • B. 

      The patient is incontinent of stool

    • C. 

      The patient appears to be trying to talk

    • D. 

      There is redness and swelling at the IV insertion site

  • 10. 
    A patient is receiving continuous tube feedings via a nasogastric tube. Which of the following findings requires an immediate intervention?
    • A. 

      The patient is lying flat in bed

    • B. 

      The patient’s head is on 1 pillow

    • C. 

      The patient is positioned on their right side

    • D. 

      The patient is in high Fowler’s position

  • 11. 
    You are assisting a Parkinson’s patient with the bath. You should:
    • A. 

      Complete the total bath for the patient

    • B. 

      Encourage the patient to bathe as much of his body as possible

    • C. 

      Leave the patient on the side of the bed and unattended while he completes the bath

    • D. 

      Bathe the patient in silence

  • 12. 
    You are providing care to a patient who is hearing impaired. The best method for communicating with the patient is to:
    • A. 

      Provide paper and pencil to the patient

    • B. 

      Speak loudly into the patient’s ear

    • C. 

      Position yourself directly in front of the patient and speak slowly and clearly in a normal tone

    • D. 

      Ask the patient which ear is their “good” ear

  • 13. 
    Which of the following requests is outside the responsibilities of a CNA?
    • A. 

      Administration of medications

    • B. 

      Auscultation of breathing sounds

    • C. 

      Performing procedures requiring the use of sterile technique

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 14. 
    A nurse has just left a patient’s room when you enter to take the vital signs. You find the patient flat in bed and the bed in high position and all side rails down. You should:
    • A. 

      Take the vital signs

    • B. 

      Position the patient on their left side and lower the bed

    • C. 

      Raise the side rails and consult with the nurse regarding your findings

    • D. 

      Document your findings

  • 15. 
    15. A patient has wrist restraints on, secondary to having pulled out their nasogastric tube 5 times. As the nursing assistant, your responsibility regarding restraints is to:
    • A. 

      Tie the restraints to the side rails

    • B. 

      Release the restraints every two hours and put the extremities through range of motion

    • C. 

      Evaluate the need for the restraints every 4 hours

    • D. 

      Maintain all 4 side rails up

  • 16. 
    You have been pulled from the acute care floor to a psych floor to sit with a patient requiring constant observation. You recognize you have been given this assignment because the patient:
    • A. 

      Has threatened to hurt himself or others

    • B. 

      Is loud and disruptive to the other patients

    • C. 

      Requires assistance with eating and toileting

    • D. 

      Requires too much time from the nurses

  • 17. 
    What four areas of the body can you use to obtain a body temperature reading?
    • A. 

      Oral, rectal, axilla, ear canal

    • B. 

      Rectal, behind the ear, axilla, nostril

    • C. 

      Oral, sole of foot, thigh, bladder

  • 18. 
    What is normal body temperature?
    • A. 

      101º F

    • B. 

      96.8º F

    • C. 

      98.6º F

  • 19. 
    Poor skin turgor and a dry mouth are symptoms of:
    • A. 

      Diabetes

    • B. 

      CVA

    • C. 

      Dehydration

  • 20. 
    A rectal temperature reading is usually more accurate than an oral temperature.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    Which of the following can contribute to the development of decubitus ulcers?
    • A. 

      Pressure on one body area

    • B. 

      Poor skin care

    • C. 

      Compromised nutrition status

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 22. 
    The higher of the two numbers on a blood pressure is the systolic.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    Edema is a condition caused by retention of body fluid and usually occurs in what areas of the body?
    • A. 

      Feet, ankles, hands, face

    • B. 

      Hips, hands, face

    • C. 

      Neck, legs, feet