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CNA Examination

CNA Examination

A nurse assistant can be called a certified nurse assistant if they pass the assessment provided by the state where you want to work. The assessment program is divided into two parts; the written or oral examination, and the actual skills test. The candidate should pass both parts of the examination in order to be added to the lists of certified nurse assistants.

There are organization that you can find online that can help you with the cna certification. The most well known are Prometric and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).


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Read the complete profile of Prometric.


The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide an organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting the public health, safety and welfare, including the development of licensing examinations in nursing.

View the complete profile of NCSBN in this page.

Both organizations offer handbook, tips and practice test, though, you should enroll and pay in the Prometric program before you can access their practice test, while you can access it for free and download it on the NCSBN website since it is a non for profit organization. You can also see the year round schedule of the cna examination in their website in pdf format.

Some state portal like the Pennsylvania Department of Health are posting sample questions that you might encounter in the official cna written examination.

Here are some of those questions:

The following sample questions are similar to those found on the written test.

1. How many times during a shift should the nurse aide wash his/her hands?

  1. Before and after each contact with a resident
  2. At the beginning and end of the shift
  3. At least once before the shift begins
  4. Before and after serving meals

2. To clean a resident’s bedside wash basin, the nurse aide should use:

  1. a clean towel
  2. a soiled washcloth
  3. steel wool
  4. toilet paper

3. If a nurse aide discovers a small fire in a resident’s room, the aide should FIRST:

  1. sound the alarm
  2. contain the fire
  3. remove the resident
  4. extinguish the fire

4. To find out the resident’s type of isolation, the nurse aide should ask the:

  1. resident
  2. resident’s physician
  3. nurse in charge
  4. housekeeping department

5. Mrs. K’s daughter recently died from cancer. Mrs. K now spends all of her time in her room, crying. What should the nurse aide tell Mrs. K?

  1. “Don’t feel bad; your daughter is in peace now.”
  2. “You should speak with your minister.”
  3. “Stop acting this way.”
  4. “I am here to listen if you want to talk.”

6. The nurse in charge asks the nurse aide to encourage Mr. N to bathe himself. The nurse aide should:

  1. put supplies beside the bathtub and leave Mr. N’s room
  2. ask Mr. N’s roommate to keep an eye on Mr. N while he is in the bathtub
  3. give Mr. N his bathing supplies and stay with him to assist as necessary
  4. help Mr. N into the bathtub and leave Mr. N’s room

7. When caring for a resident who is dying, the nurse aide MUST:

  1. not allow more than one visitor in the room at a time
  2. keep the room dark at all times
  3. watch the resident and report any changes in his condition
  4. wear gloves, mask, and shoe covers when giving personal care

8. Which of the following things should the nurse aide show FIRST to a resident who has just been admitted to the facility?

  1. How to adjust the bed
  2. How to use the call light
  3. How to adjust the room temperature
  4. Where the bath supplies are kept

9. The nurse aide finds a resident running around the bed and screaming loudly. The FIRST thing that the nurse should do is:

  1. call the police
  2. administer Thorazine
  3. call the nurse in charge
  4. contact the resident’s family

10. If the nurse aide sees a rash on a resident’s back, what should the nurse aide do?

  1. Give the resident a backrub
  2. Tell the nurse in charge about the rash
  3. Put cream on the rash and cover the area with gauze
  4. Put powder on the rash

You can take the rest of their sample questions and check if your answers are correct at the PA Department of Health site.

You might encounter questions that are beyond the training but the secret in order to answer those questions is by using your common sense. Based upon the certification experience of the certified nurse assistants, the written examination part is the easiest part. Piece of cake they say. What they fear the most is the actual skills examination.

Feb 19, ’12 by
The written exam is pretty much a piece of cake; it’s the practicum (skills demo) that can be intimidating. You’ll want to get a good night’s sleep and eat a light but healthy meal before your test; for the practicum, you’ll do fine as long as you perform the skills exactly the way you were taught in class. This is not the time to take the shortcuts you use out in the real world.If you’re unsure of a skill, you can verbalize it as you go through the steps, which shows the examiner that you know what you’re doing AND helps keep you focused on the task when you’re nervous. And if you leave out a step, be sure to stop as soon as you remember it and verbalize what you should’ve done at that point; the examiner will probably give you at least partial credit for it.Listen to the instructions you are given. Don’t try to finesse it if you make a mistake; the examiners are nurses and they can spot it a mile away. Simply admit it, say what you should’ve done instead, and go on with the test if they allow it.RELAX. You can do this. Good Luck!!
Read the thought of other cna examination passers at the allnurses website.
The best way for you to get a higher chance of passing the cna examination is by making yourself confident through reviewing your lessons. Don’t take shortcuts. The most important thing is relaxing before taking the test because it will make you think clearer. Also, practice. You can do this even at your own place. This is one thing that some examinees do oversee the benefit of practice. Try to imagine every detail of the scene if you don’t have equipments in your place and eventually, you will master your skills.
Good luck to your examination.
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