CNA Certified Nursing Assistant Exam Cram

CNA Certified Nursing Assistant Exam Cram

by Linda Whitenton, Marty Walker

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Certified Nursing Assistant Exam Cram


Linda Whitenton

Marty Walker


Succeed with topical reviews, practice exams, and preparation tools


·        Covers exactly what you need to know to score higher on your CNA exam

·        More than 150 sample test questions help you gain confidence and decide when you’re ready to take the actual exam

·        Simplifies key nursing assistant concepts and techniques for easy learning

·        Includes popular Cram Sheet tearcard to help you remember key concepts and do extra last-minute studying

·        Exam Alerts identify important information found on the exam


Written by Leading Experts!


Score Higher on the CNA Exam!

The CD features an adaptive test engine, giving you an effective tool to assess your readiness for the CNA exam. Key features include

·        Detailed explanations of correct and incorrect answers

·        Multiple test modes

·        Random questions and order of answers

·        Coverage of all CNA topic categories


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789743411
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 10/19/2009
Series: Exam Cram
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 1,206,528
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Marty Walker has practiced nursing for the past 30 years at the vocational nursing level as a registered nurse, and at the master’s level. Marty began her nursing career as a licensed practical nurse, receiving her vocational education certificate from Atlantic Vocational School in Pompano Beach, Florida in 1979. In 1982, she earned the associate degree in nursing from Broward Community College in Davie, Florida. She worked for more than 10 years as a staff nurse in telemetry, critical care, and emergency nursing before completing a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. In 1995, she began teaching medical-surgical nursing at Ivy Tech State College in Sellersburg, Indiana.


After relocating to Miami, Marty accepted a position as Nurse Clinical Educator for three cardiac units at Jackson Memorial Hospital. She attained a Master’s in Nursing Science in Nursing Education from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida in 2003. Marty’s love of teaching led her to Mercy Hospital’s School of Practical Nursing, along with adjunct teaching positions at Florida International University and Barry University. In Miami, Marty added pediatrics to her teaching expertise. She taught medical-surgical nursing for a short time at Pensacola Junior College in Pensacola, Florida before accepting a full-time associate professor position at Northwest Florida State College, where she currently teaches in the RN-BSN program as well as the associate degree nursing program. Marty’s expertise also includes test construction. She has led the faculty at NWF State College in improving the success rates of students enrolled in the program as well as their success on the NCLEX-RN. Marty’s versatility extends to her clinical practice as she has recently completed the family nurse practitioner certificate program at The University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. Marty volunteers as a clinic nurse and the director of nursing services for the Crossroads Medical Center Clinic in Valparaiso, Florida.


Linda Whitenton began a 38-year nursing career in 1967 as a nursing assistant in Paducah, Kentucky. Following her graduation from Murray State University’s BSN program in 1970, she practiced in mental health, pediatrics, and medical-surgical nursing. Teaching nursing assistants, emergency medical technicians, and unit secretaries in a Mississippi hospital cemented her love for teaching in her role as a hospital in-service education director in the early 1970s. She accepted her first teaching position at Northeast Mississippi Community College in 1975. While at NEMC, she taught fundamentals, medical-surgical nursing, management, and psychiatric nursing and served as assistant director and director of the program for seven years. In 1977, Linda earned her master’s of science degree in nursing at the Mississippi University for Women, which also afforded her the family nurse clinician credential. In 1987, she relocated to Florida and accepted a position as associate director of nursing for the associate degree nursing program at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg. While at SPC, she designed curriculum for more than 1,000 employees of the Pinellas County EMS, taught LPN transitional students at night, and practiced part time at the Bayfront Medical Center Trauma Center.


During her 27 years of teaching, Linda continued to practice in emergency nursing, urological nursing, and as a nurse clinician. Linda also earned 30 hours of post-masters work in anthropology and educational psychology. In 2004, she returned to clinical practice as the director of nursing/vice president for a Mississippi community hospital. While there, she received a national award for outstanding nursing leadership. She returned to Florida in 2000 to design and direct a new AD nursing program for Northwest Florida State College, formerly Okaloosa-Walton College, the first of five health programs now in place at the college. For the past three years, Linda has served as associate dean of Health Technology, adding administrative oversight for the health programs she launched during her eight-year tenure at NWFSC. She recently retired from the college, receiving the honor of Emeritus Associate Dean and Director of Nursing. Since the early 1990s, Linda has worked with Rinehart and Associates Nursing Review, a nurse-owned company that offers review courses for graduates preparing for their examination to become licensed RNs or LPNs. Linda is a Certified Nurse Educator, CNE, and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What You Need to Know to Prepare for the Exam

Taking the Written Examination

    Testing Readiness

    Testing Strategies

    Answering the Questions

Taking the Clinical Skills Test


Exam Prep Questions

Answer Rationales

Chapter 2: The Roles and Responsibilities of the Nursing Assistant

Your Role and Responsibilities

    Job Responsibilities

    Other Tasks and Duties

    Job Limitations

Personal Qualities

The Nursing Assistant as a Member of the Health-Care Team

    Being a Team Player

Communication and Interpersonal Skills Needed for Effective CNA Practice

Legal and Ethical Considerations in Practice

Resident Rights


Exam Prep Questions

Answer Rationales

Chapter 3: Promotion of Health and Safety

Review of Body Systems Affected by Aging

Communicable Diseases and Their Effect on Health

    Role of the Nursing Assistant to Prevent the Spread of Communicable


    Medical Asepsis

    Mask, Eye Protection, Face Shield, Gowns

    Sharp Objects

    Resident Care Equipment



    Surgical Asepsis

    Resident Safety

Reporting Accidents or Incidents

Exam Prep Questions

Answer Rationales

Chapter 4: Promotion of Function and Health of Residents

Personal Care Skills

    Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

Restorative Skills

    Self-Care and Independence


    Health Maintenance and Restoration

Psychosocial Care Skills

    Emotional and Mental Health Needs

    Cultural Needs

    Spiritual Needs

    Sexual Needs

    Data Collection and Reporting

Exam Prep Questions

Answer Rationales

Chapter 5: Specialized Care

Physical Problems

    Vision Impairment

    Hearing Impairments

    Speech Impairment

    Respiratory Problems

    Cardiovascular Problems


    Digestive and Elimination Problems

    HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome)

Psychological Problems


    Aggressive Residents


    The Depressed Resident

The Terminally Ill Resident

Exam Prep Questions

Answer Rationales

Chapter 6: Clinical Skills Performance Checklists


Measuring Body Temperature

    Oral Temperature Measurement with Electronic Monitor

    Rectal Temperature Measurement with Electronic Thermometer

    Axillary Temperature with Electronic Thermometer

    Tympanic Membrane Temperature with Electronic Thermometer

Measuring the Radial and Apical Pulse

    Radial Pulse

    Apical Pulse

Measuring the Respirations

Blood Pressure

Partial Bedbath

Perineal Care of the Female Resident

Nail Care (Fingers and Toes)

Mouth (Oral) Care

Mouth (Oral) Care: Care of Dentures


Applying Elastic Support Hose

Making an Occupied Bed

    Moving the Resident to the Side of the Bed

    Supine Position

    Fowler’s Position

    Lateral (Side-Lying) Position

    Sim’s Position

    Prone Position

    Orthopneic Position

    Logrolling the Resident

Assisting the Resident to Sit on the Side of the Bed

Assisting the Resident to Transfer from the Bed to a Chair or Wheelchair

Transferring the Resident from a Bed with a Mechanical Lift

Moving the Resident from a Bed to a Stretcher (Gurney)

Using a Gait-Transfer Belt to Assist the Resident to Ambulate

Passive Range of Motion Exercises

Applying Restraints


Offering the Bedpan

Performing Ostomy Care

Administering a Cleansing Enema

Recording Intake and Output (I & O)

Measuring and Recording Output from a Urinary Drainage Bag

Indwelling Catheter Care

Applying a Condom Catheter

Collecting Specimens

    Routine Urine Specimen

    Clean Catch Urine Specimen

    Urine Specimen from an Indwelling Catheter

    Stool Specimen

Heimlich Maneuver

Isolation Procedures

    Putting on Disposable Gown, Gloves, Goggles, and Mask

    Removing Disposable Gown, Gloves, Goggles, and Mask

Practice Exam I

Answers to Practice Exam I

Practice Exam II

Answers to Practice Exam II

Appendix A Nursing Assistant Test Cross-Reference

Appendix B Nurse Aide Registries



9780789739346   TOC   9/22/2009


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