Free CNA Practice Test: 100 Questions and Answers!

If you are looking to become a CNA, you need to pass a state certified test. We discussed some of the processes and procedures for becoming a CNA right here; along with listing a partial practice test.

After some consideration of whether or not to make these tests free to everyone, we decided to go ahead and publish them online. Please take a look at the 4 cna practice tests we have listed below; each with 25 questions. The answers are posted below the tests. So, we recommend jotting down your answers as you go through them the first time, then checking how you did at the end.

Here are the exams:

CNA PRACTICE TEST 1

1. The general term for a person needing health care is

a. patient

b. resident

c. health care consumer

d. health care provider

2. The nursing assistant gives physical care and emotional support to patients under the direction of the licensed nurse. True or False

3. How you look reflects the pride you feel in yourself. True or False

4. A nursing assistant who has a question regarding an assignment should properly ask the

a. physician

b. charge nurse

c. physiotherapist

d. administrator

5. Mr. Chan’s daughter is visiting and wants to know what her father’s blood pressure reading is. Your best response is to

a. tell her

b. say you don’t know

c. refer her to the nurse

d. refer her to another assistant who measured blood pressure this morning

6. Mrs. Rosario has very fragile skin that tears and bruises easily. The nurse instructed the nursing assistant to handle the patient gently to prevent injury. The assistant is in a hurry and bumps Mrs. Rosario’s leg against the side rail, causing a large skin tear. This is an example of

a. slander

b. invasion of privacy

c. libel

d. negligence

7. A patient may not refuse any treatment prescribed by the physician. True or False

8. You forget to put the side rails up when ordered, and the patient falls. You are guilty of negligence. True or False

9. Ethics relates to moral rights and wrongs of behavior. True or False

10. Patients may not be subjected to either verbal or physical abuse. True or False

11. The purpose of shift report is to

a. give information about all the patients on the nursing unit

b. discuss the social activities of the staff

c. tell the nursing assistants when they are scheduled for days off

d. rest before starting work

12. If a patient is disoriented, it means that the patient is

a. mentally ill

b. unaware of the environment and the time

c. unable to communicated with you

d. unable to hear

13. The nursing assistant contributes to the nurse’s assessment by

a. listening to the heart and lungs

b. keeping the environment neat and tidy

c. establishing goals for the patient

d. reporting observations and vital signs

14. The HIPAA rules

a. make it easier to share patient information with other health care workers

b. prohibit the sharing of patient information with unlicensed workers

c. empower the physician to specify the information to disclose

d. restrict the use and disclosure of patient information

15. The basic foundation for medical asepsis is

a. hand washing

b. wearing goggles

c. wearing a mask

d. wearing a gown

16. The elements needed to start a fire are

a. cigarettes, matches, and call signal

b. heat, fuel, and oxygen

c. electricity, oxygen, and matches

d. oxygen, linen, and electricity

17. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are required to include information that

a. describes how to repackage the product

b. explains first aid measures to use if exposure occurs

c. describes how to use the product

d. lists other approved uses of the product.

18. Noise and clutter are very disturbing to most people. True or False

19. In case of a fire, follow your own plan of action. True or False

20. When transferring a patient, you should never place your hands under the patient’s arms because the

a. patient may not want you to stand so close

b. patient cannot see where he/she is going

c. patient’s joints are fragile

d. patient may be ticklish

21. Before using a mechanical lift, always check the slings and straps for damaged areas. True or False

22. During the bed bath, only the part being bathed should be exposed. True or False

23. When giving hand and nail care, the hands should be soaked approximately

a. 1 hour

b. ½ hour

c. 20 minutes

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d. 5 minutes

24. A characteristic of the nursing assistant that is especially important while caring for older adults is

a. logical reasoning skills

b. kindness

c. technical skill

d. advanced certifications and training

25. A resident tells you she is going home to prepare dinner for her children, then proceeds to go toward the front door. Your best response is to walk with her and say

a. “Don’t go outside.”

b. “Your children live in another state.”

c. “Stay inside. What do you like to cook?”

d. “Your children are spending the night at a friend’s house.”

Reference:

Hegner, B.R., Acello, B., and Caldwell, E. (2008). Nursing assistant—A nursing

process approach, 10th Ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar.

CNA PRACTICE TEST 2

1. The organization that accredits most health care facilities is

a. OSHA

b. Medicare

c. Joint Commission (JayCo)

d. quality assurance committee

2. The nursing assistant is an important member of the nursing team. True or False

3. Patient safety and comfort are main concerns for all caregivers. True or False

4. A patient tells you that he has difficulty making a fist because his hand feels weak. He did not mention this fact to the nurse. You must

a. ignore it. The patient should have told the nurse.

b. tell another assistant

c. tell the nurse

d. tell the physician

5. You observe another assistant slipping a patient’s rosary into her pocket. Your response is to

a. know you are not required to do anything

b. report the matter to your supervisor

c. tell the patient

d. tell the patient’s family

6. Mr. McNally tells you he is tired and does not want his bath right now. You should

a. tell him you will not have time to bathe him later

b. ask him when he would like you to return to assist him

c. advise him that the doctor insists that he bathe

d. forget the bath for today

7. You may learn much about a patient’s personal life as you provide care. True or False

8. Failure to report your observation of an illegal act makes you guilty of aiding and abetting the action. True or false

9. People give up their right to privacy when they are admitted to health care facilities. True or False

10. Honesty and integrity are the hallmarks of a conscientious nursing assistant. True or False

11. Successful communication is essential for

a. body language to be meaningful

b. patients only

c. staff only

d. safe care

12. The patient’s plan of care provides information for

a. the nursing assistant assignments

b. employee benefits

c. the procedure for fire drills

d. licensed personnel only

13. When working with patients who have hearing impairments, you should

a. get the patient’s attention before speaking

b. talk louder

c. avoid speaking if possible

d. speak very slowly

14. The purpose of evaluation is to determine whether the

a. patient is reaching the goals on the care plan

b. laboratory tests are accurate

c. patient agrees with the critical pathway

d. family understands the patient’s condition

15. One patient’s visitor is coughing and looks flushed. Your best action is to

a. ask the visitor to leave

b. put a mask on the visitor

c. put a mask on the patient

d. refer the matter to the nurse

16. If there is an exposure incident, you should

a. ignore the situation

b. report it at once to the supervisor

c. call the doctor

d. tell other nursing assistants

17. Which of the following contributes to unsafe conditions in the facility?

a. Equipment in the halls

b. Chemicals in locked cabinets

c. Allowing patients to smoke with supervision

d. Teaching patients how to use assistive devices

18. The bed should be left in the lowest horizontal position when the patient is sleeping. True or False

19. Needed repairs should be reported immediately. True or False

20. It is wise to use an elevator during a fire emergency. True or False

21. Using a mechanical lift requires that

a. two or more persons do the procedure

b. the patient be able to assist in the move

c. the patient be mentally alert

d. the patient weigh at least 300 pounds

22. When transferring a patient from a bed to a stretcher, raise the bed to same horizontal height as the stretcher. True or False

23. Because soap is used during the bathing procedure, the tub need not be cleaned between patient uses. True or False

24. Patients who have no teeth and no dentures require regular oral hygiene. True or False

25. Characteristics of the elderly include

a. increased vitality

b. decreased night sleep

c. increased appetite

d. increased mobility and agility

 

PRACTICE TEST 3

1. The registered nurse plans and directs the nursing care of patients. True or False

2. It is all right to perform a task, even if you are unsure how to do it. True or False

3. Being a nursing assistant can be very stressful. True or False

4. You demonstrate maturity by

a. rushing assignments

b. being disrespectful to coworkers

c. “bending” the rules

d. reporting for duty on time

5. You notice that every time a patient makes a telephone call, one nursing assistant stands so that he can hear the conversation. That assistant is guilty of

a. invasion of privacy

b. defamation

c. negligence

d. libel

6. Mr. Strong, a mentally confused patient, has a visitor. After the visitor leaves, you discover a large bruise on the patient’s arm that was not there previously. You should

a. notify the charge nurse of your observations

b. call the police

c. do nothing, as this is not your responsibility

d. inform the nurse that the visitor abused Mr. Strong

7. Lunchtime is the best time to discuss your patients with others. True or False

8. Leaving a patient unnecessarily exposed is an invasion of the patient’s privacy. True or False

9. If an error occurs as you give care, it is important to report it immediately. True or False

10. A nursing assistant may give or take which information over the telephone?

a. report of a patient’s condition

b. physician’s orders

c. results of laboratory tests

d. name of the person leaving the message

11. The patient’s medical record or chart is used

a. only by the physician

b. used by all members of the interdisciplinary team

c. a temporary record

d. a report of the nursing assistant’s competencies

12. Persons with visual impairment should

a. stay in their rooms to avoid getting lost in the facility

b. have identification on their clothing so everyone knows who they are.

c. learn to use sign language

d. be given directions for locating various areas in the building

13. The purpose of observation is to

a. make sure the nurse gets along with the patient

b. inform the doctor of how the patient’s family is doing

c. note changes in condition or new problems developing

d. see if the medical diagnosis is accurate

14. Food and drink should not be kept where they may be exposed to contaminated materials. True or False

15. Side rails should be up and secure when

a. the bed is at the lowest horizontal height

b. the patient has a catheter

c. you must leave the bedside with the bed in the high position

d. the patient does not have an order for restraints

16. Every staff member should knows

a. how to open sealed windows in case of fire

b. the RACE procedure

c. the distance from the fire department to the facility

d. how to extinguish a fire by aiming the extinguisher at the top of the flames

17. Side rails are restraints in certain circumstances. True or False

18. The signal device is the patient’s way of letting the staff know that he is in need. True or False

19. The method used for transferring a patient depends on

a. the availability of two nursing assistants

b. the patient’s personal preference

c. the patient’s size, strength, endurance, and balance

d. where the patient is going

20. Always transfer toward the patient’s strongest side. True or False

21. The unconscious patient should be secured with a safety belt during stretcher transport. True or False

22. Disposable gloves should be worn during bathing if the patient has draining wounds. True or False

23. The nursing assistant should wear gloves when providing oral care. True or False

24. Residents who are risk for dehydration

a. drink 6 cups of fluid each day

b. are always confused

c. have straw-colored urine

d. often have difficulty holding a cup

25. Older people have the same emotional needs for good mental health as younger people. True or False

Reference:

Hegner, B.R., Acello, B., and Caldwell, E. (2008). Nursing assistant—A nursing

process approach, 10th Ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar.

 

PRACTICE TEST 4

1. Interdisciplinary health care providers work as a team.

True or False

2. Caring about people is a valuable asset for a nursing assistant.

True or False

3. The interdisciplinary team member who writes the medical orders for patients is the

a. registered nurse

b. social worker

c. physician

d. dietician

4. Mr. Deonne offers you two dollars for picking up a newspaper for him. Your response should be

a. ignore the money and pretend not to see it

b. take the money—you earned it

c. report the matter to the supervisor

d. politely refuse because tipping is not allowed

5. An assistant forgets that she is assigned to care for Mr. Huynh, a mentally confused patient. The nurse discovers that Mr. Huynh has developed a pressure ulcer. This is an example of

a. abuse

b. libel

c. involuntary seclusion

d. neglect

6. A patient with cancer tells you that she no longer wants to live. She confides that she is collecting her medicine so she can take and overdose and die. You should

a. respect the patient’s right to confidentiality and tell no one

b. notify the patient’s husband when he visits

c. inform your supervisor immediately

d. ask a more experienced assistant to reason with the patient

7. Your patient has an order to encourage fluid intake and you fail to do this. You are guilty of neglect. True or False

8. Jackets, belts, vests, straps, and side rails can be considered unlawful restraints. True or False

9. Every patient has the right to considerate, respectful care. True or False

10. If a patient resists you, you may apply restraints to make sure the treatment is given. True or False

11. The shift report is given by the

a. administrator

b. physician

c. nurse who worked the previous shift

d. director of nursing

12. The patient grimaces and holds his right arm close to his body when he moves. You suspect he may

a. be right-handed

b. not want to get out of bed

c. be tired

d. is having pain

13. The purpose of the nursing process is to

a. make a medical diagnosis

b. achieve patient-focused care

c. make assignments

d. cure illness

14. Charting should always be done

a. done in pencil

b. done after the procedure is completed

c. signed at least once a day

d. done before care is given

15. If an article is “clean,” that means it is sterile. True or False

16. Which of the following represents a fire hazard?

a. Frayed electrical wire

b. Using 3-pronged plugs

c. Supervised smoking

d. Using Underwriter’s Lab (UL) approved items

17. One principle of good body mechanics is to

a. bend from the waist when lifting

b. keep your feet close together when lifting

c. use the strong muscles of your legs for lifting

d. keep the load as far from your body as possible

18. There should always be enough light to enable staff to work safely. True or False

19. You are responsible for knowing and practicing fire drill procedures. True or False

20. During a transfer, the patient should never

a. be allowed to help in the move

b. place his hands on your body

c. wear shoes

d. be allowed to stand

21. Towel bars are not safe to use as grab bars. True or False

22. The nursing assistant should carefully observe the patient during the bath procedure. True or False

23. When providing perineal care to a female patient,

a. wash from front to back

b. wash the genitals from side to side

c. wipe from back to front

d. scrub back and forth vigorously

24. The unconscious patient needs no oral care because he is not eating. True or False

25. Signs and symptoms of delirium are

a. abdominal pain and nausea

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b. mental confusion and memory impairment

c. catastrophe reaction and reminiscence

d. headache and sore throat

Reference:

Hegner, B.R., Acello, B., and Caldwell, E. (2008). Nursing assistant—A nursing

process approach, 10th Ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar.

 

PRACTICE TEST 1

ANSWER KEY

1. The general term for a person needing health care is

a. patient

2. The nursing assistant gives physical care and emotional support to patients under the direction of the licensed nurse. True

3. How you look reflects the pride you feel in yourself. True

4. A nursing assistant who has a question regarding an assignment should properly ask the

b. charge nurse

5. Mr. Chan’s daughter is visiting and wants to know what her father’s blood pressure reading is. Your best response is to

c. refer her to the nurse

6. Mrs. Rosario has very fragile skin that tears and bruises easily. The nurse instructed the nursing assistant to handle the patient gently to prevent injury. The assistant is in a hurry and bumps Mrs. Rosario’s leg against the side rail, causing a large skin tear. This is an example of

d. negligence

7. A patient may not refuse any treatment prescribed by the physician. False

8. You forget to put the side rails up when ordered, and the patient falls. You are guilty of negligence. True

9. Ethics relates to moral rights and wrongs of behavior. True

10. Patients may not be subjected to either verbal or physical abuse. True

11. The purpose of shift report is to

a. give information about all the patients on the nursing unit

12. If a patient is disoriented, it means that the patient is

b. unaware of the environment and the time

13. The nursing assistant contributes to the nurse’s assessment by

d. reporting observations and vital signs

14. The HIPAA rules

d. restrict the use and disclosure of patient information

15. The basic foundation for medical asepsis is

a. hand washing

16. The elements needed to start a fire are

b. heat, fuel, and oxygen

17. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are required to include information that

b. explains first aid measures to use if exposure occurs

18. Noise and clutter are very disturbing to most people. True

19. In case of a fire, follow your own plan of action. False

20. When transferring a patient, you should never place your hands under the patient’s arms because the

c. patient’s joints are fragile

21. Before using a mechanical lift, always check the slings and straps for damaged areas. True

22. During the bed bath, only the part being bathed should be exposed. True

23. When giving hand and nail care, the hands should be soaked approximately

d. 5 minutes

24. A characteristic of the nursing assistant that is especially important while caring for older adults is

b. kindness

25. A resident tells you she is going home to prepare dinner for her children, then proceeds to go toward the front door. Your best response is to walk with her and say

c. “Stay inside. What do you like to cook?”

Reference:

Hegner, B.R., Acello, B., and Caldwell, E. (2008). Nursing assistant—A nursing

process approach, 10th Ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar.

PRACTICE TEST 2

ANSWER KEY

1. The organization that accredits most health care facilities is

c. Joint Commission (JayCo)

2. The nursing assistant is an important member of the nursing team. True

3. Patient safety and comfort are main concerns for all caregivers. True

4. A patient tells you that he has difficulty making a fist because his hand feels weak. He did not mention this fact to the nurse. You must

c. tell the nurse

5. You observe another assistant slipping a patient’s rosary into her pocket. Your response is to

b. report the matter to your supervisor

6. Mr. McNally tells you he is tired and does not want his bath right now. You should

b. ask him when he would like you to return to assist him

7. You may learn much about a patient’s personal life as you provide care. True

8. Failure to report your observation of an illegal act makes you guilty of aiding and abetting the action. True

9. People give up their right to privacy when they are admitted to health care facilities. False

10. Honesty and integrity are the hallmarks of a conscientious nursing assistant.

True

11. Successful communication is essential for

d. safe care

12. The patient’s plan of care provides information for

a. the nursing assistant assignments

13. When working with patients who have hearing impairments, you should

a. get the patient’s attention before speaking

14. The purpose of evaluation is to determine whether the

a. patient is reaching the goals on the care plan

15. One patient’s visitor is coughing and looks flushed. Your best action is to

a. ask the visitor to leave

16. If there is an exposure incident, you should

b. report it at once to the supervisor

17. Which of the following contributes to unsafe conditions in the facility?

a. Equipment in the halls

18. The bed should be left in the lowest horizontal position when the patient is sleeping. True

19. Needed repairs should be reported immediately. True

20. It is wise to use an elevator during a fire emergency. False

21. Using a mechanical lift requires that

a. two or more persons do the procedure

22. When transferring a patient from a bed to a stretcher, raise the bed to same horizontal height as the stretcher. True

23. Because soap is used during the bathing procedure, the tub need not be cleaned between patient uses. False

24. Patients who have no teeth and no dentures require regular oral hygiene.

True

25. Characteristics of the elderly include

b. decreased night sleep

 

PRACTICE TEST 3

ANSWER KEY

1. The registered nurse plans and directs the nursing care of patients. True

2. It is all right to perform a task, even if you are unsure how to do it.

False

3. Being a nursing assistant can be very stressful. True

4. You demonstrate maturity by

d. reporting for duty on time

5. You notice that every time a patient makes a telephone call, one nursing assistant stands so that he can hear the conversation. That assistant is guilty of

a. invasion of privacy

6. Mr. Strong, a mentally confused patient, has a visitor. After the visitor leaves, you discover a large bruise on the patient’s arm that was not there previously. You should

a. notify the charge nurse of your observations

7. Lunchtime is the best time to discuss your patients with others. False

8. Leaving a patient unnecessarily exposed is an invasion of the patient’s privacy. True

9. If an error occurs as you give care, it is important to report it immediately.

True

10. A nursing assistant may give or take which information over the telephone?

d. name of the person leaving the message

11. The patient’s medical record or chart is used

b. used by all members of the interdisciplinary team

12. Persons with visual impairment should

d. be given directions for locating various areas in the building

13. The purpose of observation is to

c. note changes in condition or new problems developing

14. Food and drink should not be kept where they may be exposed to contaminated materials. True

15. Side rails should be up and secure when

a. the bed is at the lowest horizontal height

16. Every staff member should knows

b. the RACE procedure

17. Side rails are restraints in certain circumstances. True

18. The signal device is the patient’s way of letting the staff know that he is in need. True

19. The method used for transferring a patient depends on

c. the patient’s size, strength, endurance, and balance

20. Always transfer toward the patient’s strongest side. True

21. The unconscious patient should be secured with a safety belt during stretcher transport. True

22. Disposable gloves should be worn during bathing if the patient has draining wounds. True

23. The nursing assistant should wear gloves when providing oral care. True

24. Residents who are risk for dehydration

d. often have difficulty holding a cup

25. Older people have the same emotional needs for good mental health as younger people. True

 

PRACTICE TEST 4

ANSWER KEY

1. Interdisciplinary health care providers work as a team.

True

2. Caring about people is a valuable asset for a nursing assistant.

True

3. The interdisciplinary team member who writes the medical orders for patients is the

c. physician

4. Mr. Deonne offers you two dollars for picking up a newspaper for him. Your response should be

d. politely refuse because tipping is not allowed

5. An assistant forgets that she is assigned to care for Mr. Huynh, a mentally confused patient. The nurse discovers that Mr. Huynh has developed a pressure ulcer. This is an example of

d. neglect

6. A patient with cancer tells you that she no longer wants to live. She confides that she is collecting her medicine so she can take and overdose and die. You should

c. inform your supervisor immediately

7. Your patient has an order to encourage fluid intake and you fail to do this. You are guilty of neglect. True

8. Jackets, belts, vests, straps, and side rails can be considered unlawful restraints. True

9. Every patient has the right to considerate, respectful care. True

10. If a patient resists you, you may apply restraints to make sure the treatment is given. False

11. The shift report is given by the

c. nurse who worked the previous shift

12. The patient grimaces and holds his right arm close to his body when he moves. You suspect he may

d. is having pain

13. The purpose of the nursing process is to

b. achieve patient-focused care

14. Charting should always be done

b. done after the procedure is completed

15. If an article is “clean,” that means it is sterile. False

16. Which of the following represents a fire hazard?

a. Frayed electrical wire

17. One principle of good body mechanics is to

c. use the strong muscles of your legs for lifting

18. There should always be enough light to enable staff to work safely. True

19. You are responsible for knowing and practicing fire drill procedures. True

20. During a transfer, the patient should never

b. place his hands on your body

21. Towel bars are not safe to use as grab bars. True

22. The nursing assistant should carefully observe the patient during the bath procedure. True

23. When providing perineal care to a female patient,

a. wash from front to back

24. The unconscious patient needs no oral care because he is not eating. True

25. Signs and symptoms of delirium are

b. mental confusion and memory impairment