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Nurse Aide Registry > Nurse Aide Registry - Written/Oral Test Sample 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

11. The nurse aide is assigned to bathe a resident. What should the nurse aide do FIRST?

  1. Test the temperature of the water
  2. Help the resident to undress
  3. Tell the resident what the aide is going to do
  4. Close the door and windows

12. While brushing a resident's teeth, the nurse aide sees that the resident's gums are swollen and cracked. What should the nurse aide do FIRST?

  1. Rub the toothbrush lightly over the gums
  2. Report the observation to the nurse in charge
  3. Apply an antiseptic to the gums
  4. Check the roommate's gums to see if they are in the same condition

13. To keep a bedbound resident from getting a decubitis ulcer, the nurse aide should:

  1. keep the head of the bed raised
  2. tuck the sheets tightly around the resident's legs
  3. change the resident's position in bed often
  4. force the resident to drink a lot of fluids

14. A resident with diabetes needs to have his toenails cut. What should the nurse aide do?

  1. Cut the resident's toenails
  2. Tell the nurse in charge
  3. Ask the resident's family to cut his nails
  4. Make an appointment for the resident to see a podiatrist

15. When caring for a resident's hair, what should the nurse aide try FIRST if the hair is very tangled?

  1. Wet the tangled hair with alcohol before combing
  2. Cut out the tangles
  3. Comb one small section of hair at a time
  4. Call the nurse in charge

16. When giving a backrub to a resident, the nurse aide should:

  1. not touch bony areas of the resident's back
  2. rub bony areas of the back with a circular motion
  3. apply alcohol directly to the resident's back
  4. remove all sheets and blankets from the bed

17. A resident tells the nurse aide that his mouth is dry. The nurse aide knows that this resident is not allowed to eat or drink anything. The nurse aide should:

  1. give the resident a glass of ice chips
  2. tell the resident there is nothing the aide can do
  3. clean the resident's mouth with a moist swab or washcloth
  4. give the resident small sips of juice or water

18. The nurse aide should report to the nurse in charge if the resident's urine is:

  1. yellow
  2. red
  3. clear
  4. odorless

19. The responsibility of the nurse aide once a resident has been pronounced dead is to:

  1. make sure the body is clean
  2. call the family
  3. leave the room
  4. give spiritual care

20. Mr. F has a splint on his leg. At bedtime he asks the nurse aide to take off the splint because he only needs it when he is up. The nurse aide should:

  1. take the splint off immediately
  2. ask Mr. F to leave the splint on until morning
  3. take the splint off only if she/he has been told to do so by the nurse in charge
  4. call Mr. F’s doctor to find out if she/he should remove the splint

21. When a resident's family comes to the facility to visit the resident, the nurse aide should bring the family to the:

  1. residents' lounge
  2. sun room
  3. cafeteria
  4. waiting area

22. A resident's wife asks the nurse aide when her husband was last seen by a doctor. The nurse aide should tell her:

  1. to speak to the nurse in charge
  2. to call the doctor
  3. that the doctor visits her husband often
  4. that her husband has been doing fine and does not need a doctor

23. A nurse aide slaps a resident. This is an example of:

  1. neglect
  2. verbal abuse
  3. physical abuse
  4. restraint

24. A new resident regularly stays up very late reading. What should the nurse aide do?

  1. Respect the resident's right to decide how to spend his time
  2. Turn the resident's room light off a 9:00 p.m.
  3. Tell the nurse in charge that the resident needs a sleep medication
  4. Tell the resident that he cannot stay in the facility if he does not follow the rules

25. Mr. J, a resident with diabetes, does not eat his breakfast. What should the aide do?

  1. Tell the nurse in charge
  2. Offer Mr. J a midmorning snack
  3. Wait to see if Mr. J eats his lunch
  4. Call Mr. J's family

Answers to Nurse Aide Sample Exam

1. A 6. C 11. C 16. B 21. A
2. A 7. C 12. B 17. C 22. A
3. C 8. B 13. C 18. B 23. C
4. C 9. C 14. B 19. A 24. A
5. D 10. B 15. C 20. C 25. A