Certified Nursing Aide Vocabulary Tutorial

The following words are all terms which a Certified Nursing Aide should understand and be able to use in a discussion with a nurse, doctor, or patient while performing care as a nursing aide. These are also terms which a caregiver could expect to appear in questions on a Certified Nursing Aide and Home Health Aide exam. You may use this list as a refresher prior to interviewing for a position as a senior caregiver.

  • abdominal thrust
  • abuse
  • acceptance
  • accidents
  • activities
  • acute
  • adduction
  • ADL
  • admission
  • admitting resident
  • affected side
  • aging process
  • AIDS
  • alarms
  • Alzheimer's
  • ambulation
  • amputees
  • anemia
  • anger
  • Angina pectoris
  • anorexia
  • anterior
  • antibiotics
  • aphasia
  • apical
  • appropriate response
  • arteries
  • arteriosclerosis
  • arthritis
  • aseptic
  • aspiration
  • assistive device
  • atrophy
  • attitudes
  • axillary temperature
  • bacteria
  • bargaining
  • basic needs
  • bath water temperature
  • bathing
  • bathing resident
  • bed height
  • bed position
  • bedrest
  • biohazard
  • bladder training
  • blindness
  • blood pressure
  • blood pressure reading
  • bodily fluids
  • body alignment
  • body fluids
  • body language
  • body mechanics
  • body temperature
  • bowel program
  • break time
  • breathing
  • burnout
  • call light
  • cancer
  • cardiac arrest
  • cardiopulmonary
  • resuscitation
  • cardiovascular system
  • care plan
  • cast
  • cataracts
  • catheter care
  • central nervous system
  • cerebral vascular accident
  • charge nurse
  • chemotherapy
  • choking
  • chronic
  • circulation
  • clarification
  • cleaning
  • cleaning spills
  • clear liquid diet
  • clergy
  • cold compress
  • colostomy
  • colostomy bag
  • combative resident
  • communication
  • compressions
  • confidentiality
  • confused resident
  • congestive heart failure
  • constipation
  • constrict
  • contact isolation
  • contamination
  • contracture
  • converting measures
  • COPD
  • coping mechanisms
  • coughing excessively
  • CPR
  • CVA
  • cyanosis
  • decubitus ulcer
  • dehydration
  • demanding resident
  • dementia
  • denial
  • dentures
  • depression
  • dermatitis
  • diabetes
  • dialysis
  • diaphragm
  • diet
  • dietitian
  • digestion
  • discharging resident
  • disinfection
  • disoriented
  • disoriented resident
  • disposing of contaminated
  • materials
  • disrespectful treatment
  • dizziness
  • DNR
  • documentation
  • draw/lift
  • dressing
  • droplets
  • dry skin
  • dying
  • dysphagia
  • dyspnea
  • dysuria
  • edema
  • elastic stockings
  • electrical equipment
  • elimination
  • emesis basin
  • emotional abuse
  • emotional needs
  • emotional support
  • empathy
  • end of life care
  • endocrine system
  • enema
  • ethics
  • evacuation
  • extension
  • extremity
  • eye glasses
  • facility policy
  • falls
  • fatigue
  • faulty equipment
  • fecal impaction
  • feeding
  • fingernail care
  • fire
  • fire safety
  • flexion
  • Foley catheter
  • foot board
  • foot care
  • foot drop
  • Fowler's position
  • fractures
  • frequent urination
  • gait belt
  • gastrostomy tube
  • geriatrics
  • germ transmission
  • gerontology
  • gloves
  • grand mal seizure
  • grieving process
  • group settings
  • hair care
  • hand tremors
  • hand washing
  • health-care team
  • hearing aid
  • hearing impaired
  • heart
  • heart muscle
  • height
  • Heimlich maneuver
  • hemiplegia
  • hepatitis B
  • hereditary
  • hip prosthesis
  • HIPAA
  • HIV
  • hydration
  • hypertension
  • hypoglycemia
  • ice bag
  • immobility
  • immune system
  • incontinence
  • indwelling catheter
  • infection
  • infection control
  • initial observations
  • in-service programs
  • insulin
  • intake and output
  • integumentary system
  • interpersonal skills
  • intravenous therapy
  • ischemia
  • isolation
  • job description
  • job interview
  • kidney failure
  • lift/draw sheet
  • linen
  • low sodium diet
  • mask
  • Maslow
  • material safety data
  • mealtime
  • measuring height
  • mechanical soft diet
  • medical asepsis
  • medical record
  • medications
  • memory loss
  • mentally impaired
  • microorganisms
  • minerals
  • mistakes
  • mistreatment
  • mobility
  • money
  • mouth care
  • moving
  • mucous membrane
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • muscle spasms
  • musculoskeletal system
  • myocardial infarction
  • nasal cannula
  • neglect
  • non-contagious disease
  • nonverbal communication
  • nosocomial infection
  • NPO
  • nurses station
  • nurse's station
  • nursing assistant's role
  • nutrition
  • objective
  • official records
  • ombudsman
  • open bed
  • oral care
  • oral hygiene
  • oral temperature
  • orientation
  • oriented
  • orthotic device
  • osteoarthritis
  • osteoporosis
  • overbed table
  • oxygen
  • paralysis
  • paranoia
  • Parkinson's
  • partial assistance
  • passive
  • pathogens
  • pathologic process
  • patience
  • perineal care
  • peristalsis
  • personal care
  • personal hygiene
  • personal items
  • personal protective
  • equipment
  • personal stress
  • pet therapy
  • phantom pain
  • physical needs
  • physical therapist
  • physician's authority
  • plaque
  • plate rim
  • podiatrist
  • policy book
  • positioning resident
  • positive attitude
  • post mortem care
  • postural supports
  • precautions
  • pressure ulcers
  • preventing falls
  • privacy
  • progressive
  • prone
  • prostate gland
  • prosthesis
  • protective equipment
  • providing privacy
  • psychiatrist
  • psychological needs
  • pulmonary disease
  • pulse
  • quadrant
  • quadriplegia
  • radial
  • ramps
  • range of motion
  • reality orientation
  • rectal
  • reddened/discolored area
  • rehabilitation
  • religious service
  • reminiscing
  • reporting
  • reposition resident
  • resident abuse
  • resident belongings
  • resident independence
  • resident rights
  • resident unit
  • Resident's Bill of Rights
  • resident's chart
  • resident's environment
  • resident's families
  • respectful treatment
  • respirations
  • respiratory symptoms
  • responding to resident
  • behavior
  • restorative care
  • restraints
  • resuscitation
  • right to equal care
  • rights
  • saliva
  • scabies
  • scale
  • secretions
  • seizure
  • self-actualization
  • self-esteem
  • sexual activity
  • sexual expression
  • sexual needs
  • sexually transmitted
  • diseases
  • sharps container
  • shaving
  • shearing of skin
  • side rails
  • Sims position
  • Sitz bath
  • skin integrity
  • smoking
  • social needs
  • social worker
  • soiled linen
  • specimen
  • spilled food
  • spills
  • spiritual needs
  • standard precautions
  • state survey
  • stealing
  • stereotypes
  • sterilization
  • stethoscope
  • stool specimen
  • stress
  • stroke
  • strong side
  • subjective
  • suicide
  • sundowning
  • supine
  • supplemental feedings
  • suspected abuse
  • swelling
  • systolic
  • tachycardia
  • telephone etiquette
  • temperature
  • terminal illness
  • threatening resident
  • thrombus
  • tips
  • toenails
  • toileting schedule
  • trachea
  • transfers
  • transport bag
  • transporting food
  • treating residents with
  • respect
  • tub bath
  • tube feeding
  • tubing
  • twice daily
  • tympanic temperatures
  • unaffected
  • unconscious
  • uniform
  • unopened mail
  • unsteady
  • urinary catheter bag
  • urinary system
  • urination
  • urine
  • urine specimen
  • vaginal drainage
  • validation therapy
  • vision change
  • vital signs
  • vitamins
  • vomitus
  • walker
  • wandering resident
  • water faucets
  • water temperature
  • weakness
  • weighing
  • weight
  • wheelchair safety
  • white blood cells
  • withdrawal