Areas Tested on the Nurse Aide Skills Test

You will be asked to perform five (5) skills randomly selected from this list. For a copy of the steps required in each of these skills, contact your instructor or employer.

Basic Nurse Aide Skills

  1. Wash hands
  2. Follow isolation procedures (handling of soiled linen)
  3. Measure resident's urinary output
  4. Assist resident with use of bedpan
  5. Provide perineal (skin) care for incontinent resident
  6. Take oral temperature
  7. Take rectal temperature
  8. Take radial pulse and count respirations
  9. Measure weight of ambulatory resident
  10. Apply waist restraint

Personal Care Skills

  1. Make an occupied bed
  2. Make an unoccupied bed
  3. Give complete bed bath
  4. Give shower
  5. Give back rub
  6. Provide foot care
  7. Provide fingernail care
  8. Provide mouth care
  9. Provide denture care
  10. Shave resident
  11. Dress resident
  12. Feed dependent resident

Basic Restorative Services

  1. Transfer resident from bed to wheelchair
  2. Assist resident to move up in bed
  3. Position resident on side
  4. Assist resident to ambulate
  5. Passive range of motion (ROM) for right or left shoulder
  6. Passive range of motion (ROM) for right or left lower extremity

Areas Tested on the Nurse Aide Written Test

The nurse aide written test is based on the following subject areas. Also shown are the percentages of questions on the test that come from each subject area.

% of Questions

18%   I. Environmental needs of the resident

  1. Infection Control
  2. Safety practices
  3. Emergency and disaster plans
  4. Isolation techniques

10%   II. Psychosocial needs of the resident

  1. Emotional needs
  2. The aging process and effects of institutionalization
  3. Recreational needs
  4. Spiritual needs
  5. Death and dying

50%   III. Physical needs of the resident

  1. Resident comfort and safety
  2. Transfer, positioning, and exercise
  3. Observation and reporting of physical changes
  4. Bathing
  5. Mouth care
  6. Skin care
  7. Hair care
  8. Dressing and undressing of residents
  9. Morning and evening care, rest and sleep
  10. Nutrition
  11. Elimination
  12. Vital signs
  13. The dying resident and postmortem care
  14. Protective devices
  15. Weighing
  16. Specimens
  17. Bedmaking

4%     IV. Role of the nurse aide

  1. Ethical aspects of behavior
  2. Importance of proper appearance
  3. Personal health
  4. Nurse aide as a member of the health care team

10%   V. Communication skills

8%     VI. Resident rights