CNA State Board Exam (Practice Quiz)

Welcome to the CNA Practice Test for Basic Nursing Skills!

As you prepare for your career as a Certified Nursing Assistant, you are learning both the information and the skills that will keep your patients comfortable and safe. Because you have the opportunity to spend the most time with patients, you will often recognize and report subtle changes in their conditions that other team members wouldn’t notice. These observations will make a difference in patient outcomes.

Basic Nursing Skills are the heart of all nursing care. These skills will help your patients throughout your entire career. offers a variety of Basic Nursing Skills practice tests to help you prepare for your state’s written CNA examination. While each state can have slightly different requirements for the exam, you can expect that most of the questions will involve some aspect of basic care.

CNA State Board Exam (Practice Quiz)

To be sure that a client’s weight is measured accurately, the client should be weighed

  • After a good night sleep
  • at the same time of day
  • by a different nurse aid
  • after a meal

Which of the following is a correct measurement of urinary output?

  • 1 Quart
  • 40 oz
  • 300 cc
  • 2 cups

To convert four ounces of juice to milliliters (ml), the nurse aide should multiply

  • 4 x 10 ml
  • 4 x 5 ml
  • 4 x 15 ml
  • 4 x 30 ml

The nurse aide is going to help the client walk from the bed to a chair. What should the nurse aide put on the client’s feet?

  • Socks or stocking only
  • Nothing
  • Rubber-soled slippers or shoes
  • Cloth-soled slippers

The nurse aide is walking with a client confined to a wheelchair when the facility fire alarm system is activated. The client becomes excited from the noise. The nurse aide SHOULD

  • leave the client to search for help
  • Lock the client's wheelchair and check the surrounding area for smoke
  • comfort the client while moving to a safe place
  • push the wheelchair out of the hallway and carry the client out of the facility

The electric shaver that the nurse aide is using to shave a client begins to spark and smoke. What should the nurse aide do FIRST?

  • Finish shaving the client as quicly as possible
  • Unplug the shaver
  • Call the nurse in charge
  • Use the roomate's shaver to finish the shave

Physical restraints are used MOST often

  • to prevent client injury
  • when staff is short
  • at the roommate's request
  • at the family's request

When helping a client who is recovering from a stroke to walk, the nurse aide should assist

  • with a wheelchair
  • from behind the client
  • on the client's weak side
  • on the client's strong side

When taking a client’s radial pulse, the nurse aide’s fingertips should be placed on the client’s

  • elbow
  • neck
  • chest
  • wrist

What is the term for a device used to take the place of a missing body part?

  • Prosthesis
  • Pronation
  • External Rotation
  • Abduction

The purpose for padding side rails on the client’s bed is to

  • have a place to connect the call signal
  • protect the client from injury
  • use them as a restraint
  • keep the client warm

If the nurse aide discovers fire in a client’s room, the FIRST thing do is

  • remove the client
  • Try to put out the fire
  • call the nurse in charge
  • open a window

The Heimlich maneuver (abdominal thrusts) is used for a client who has

  • impaired eyesight
  • a blocked airway
  • a bloody nose
  • fallen out of bed

When operating a manual bed, the nurse aide should remember to

  • fold cranks under bed
  • elevate the client's head at all times
  • lock the wheels when the cranks are folded
  • keep the bed in the neutral position

To avoid pulling the catheter when turning a male client, the catheter tube must be taped to the client’s

  • upper thigh
  • bed frame
  • hip
  • bed sheet

For safety, when leaving a client alone in a room, the nurse aide SHOULD

  • apply a restraint to the client
  • keep the door tightly closed
  • place signaling device within clients reach
  • leave the bed elevated in highest position

NPO means

  • Only ice chips per mouth
  • Nothing per ostomy
  • Nothing by mouth except water
  • Nothing by mouth

While eating dinner a client starts to choke and turn blue. The nurse aide SHOULD

  • give the client a drink of water
  • call for assistance and perform the Heimlich maneuver (abdominal thrusts)
  • slap the client on the back until the food dislodges
  • immediately remove the client's food tray and go find the nurse in charge

How many tips does a quad-cane base have?

  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

What is the FIRST thing a nurse aide should do when finding an unresponsive client?

  • Start compressions
  • Close the door
  • call for help
  • Call family

To lift an object using good body mechanics, the nurse aide SHOULD

  • bend knees and keep back straight
  • keep both feet close together
  • hold the object away from the body
  • lift with abdominal muscles

A client needs to be repositioned but is heavy, and the nurse aide is not sure she can move the client alone. The nurse aide should

  • have the family do it
  • ask another nurse aide to help
  • go on to another task
  • try to move the client alone

A client is paralyzed on the right side. The nurse aide should place the signaling device

  • under the pillow
  • on the right side of the bed near the client's hand
  • at the foot of the bed
  • on the left side of the bed near the client's hand

Insulin, a hormone, regulates

  • the amount of sugar in the blood
  • the strength of the skeletal muscles
  • the rhythm of the heart
  • the amount of salt retained in the blood

A client is to be assisted out of bed to sit in a wheelchair. Which action would make this procedure safe?

  • place the bed in the low position
  • lower both footrest pedals
  • place a pillow on the wheelchair seat
  • release the wheel brake

Which of the following best helps reduce pressure on the bony prominences?

  • flotation mattress
  • repositioning every shift
  • sheepskin
  • several pillows

Clean bed linen placed in a client’s room but NOT used should be

  • used for a client in the next room
  • put in the dirty linen container
  • returned to the linen closet
  • taken to the nurse in charge

Which of the following is NOT considered to be a way to restrain a client?

  • lap buddy/tray
  • a sedative
  • a hand mitt
  • pain management

When transferring a client, MOST of the client’s weight should be supported by the nurse aide’s

  • legs
  • back
  • shoulders
  • wrists

When caring for a client who uses a protective device (restraint), the nurse aide SHOULD

  • release the protective device once a shift
  • assure the protective device is tight
  • assess the client once every hour
  • check the client's body alignment

Which of the following people provide treatment for persons who have difficulty talking due to disorders such as a stroke or physical defects?

  • Physical therapist
  • Registered nurse
  • speech therapist
  • Occupational therapist

The nurse aide notices that the client’s radio cord is draped across a chair in order to reach the nearest outlet. The FIRST thing the nurse aide should do is

  • see if any changes can be made so that the radio can be plugged in safely
  • take the radio to the activities room and tell the clients to listen to it there
  • unplug the radio and ask the client not to use it
  • tell the client the radio is a safety hazard and take it away

The nurse aide sees a client spill water on the floor in the hall. Another client is walking down the hall. The nurse aide SHOULD

  • leave the spill
  • clean up the spill
  • call the nurse
  • call housekeeping

While making an empty bed, the nurse aide sees that the side rail is broken. The nurse aide SHOULD

  • warn the client to be careful when she gets back into bed
  • report the broken side rail immediately
  • tie the side rail in the raised position until it is fixed
  • wait for the next safety check to report the broken side rail

The most comfortable position for a resident with a respiratory problem is

  • Prone
  • Fowler's
  • Lateral
  • Supine

When taking an oral temperature, it is important to

  • put lubricant on the thermometer
  • place the thermometer under the tongue
  • place the thermometer in the rectum
  • place the thermometer under the arm

What type of fire can be put out with water?

  • Chemical
  • Electrical
  • Paper
  • Grease

The nurse aide is responsible for all of the following fire prevention measures EXCEPT

  • reporting all damaged wiring and/or sockets in client's rooms
  • participating in fire drills
  • taking cigarettes and matches away from all clients and visitors
  • being aware of the locations of fire extinguishers

The equipment you need to gather to do unconscious oral care would include

  • toothette/mouth swab
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • all the above

The nursing care plan states, “Transfer with mechanical lift.” however, the client is very agitated. To transfer the client, the nurse aide SHOULD

  • get assistance to move the client
  • keep wheels unlocked so the lift can move with the client
  • lift the client without the mechanical device
  • place the client in the lift